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  • West Bengal Election Results 2021 | Will quit, no desire to continue, says Prashant Kishor even as TMC heads to victory May 02, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    West Bengal Election Results 2021 | Will quit, no desire to continue, says Prashant Kishor even as TMC heads to victory

    Kishor, apart from announcing his decision to quit, called upon all political parties to "unite against the Election Commission".

  • West Bengal Assembly Elections: TMC supporters begin celebrations as party crosses 202 seats-mark in early trends May 02, 2021 01:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Assembly Elections: TMC supporters begin celebrations as party crosses 202 seats-mark in early trends

    Respective state chief secretaries have been asked to take immediate action to stop gatherings following declaration of election results.

  • EC issues COVID-19 protocol for May 2: Negative test report must for candidates, polling agents to enter counting centres Apr 28, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    EC issues COVID-19 protocol for May 2: Negative test report must for candidates, polling agents to enter counting centres

    All forms of public gathering outside the counting centres has also been barred by the Election Commission to prevent the violation of social distancing norms.

  • Explained | Did COVID-19 cases surge due to election rallies? Apr 28, 2021 01:25 PM IST

    Explained | Did COVID-19 cases surge due to election rallies?

    In India, COVID-19 cases started rising from the end of February and early March. With little or no social distancing, cases increased in all the states where polling took place.  But, while the polls and rallies are being blamed for the surge in these battleground states, Maharashtra and Delhi are the two worst-affected states, which have seen a humongous rise in cases without having any polls or religious events.

  • EC action in West Bengal: Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted Apr 23, 2021 09:00 AM IST

    EC action in West Bengal: Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted

    On April 16, the state reported 6,910 fresh cases, 26 deaths and 41,047 total active cases at a test positivity rate of 17 percent. The figures today are roughly 75 percent up since.

  • West Bengal polls: EC bans rallies, public meetings from 7 pm-10 am due to rise in COVID cases Apr 16, 2021 07:49 PM IST

    West Bengal polls: EC bans rallies, public meetings from 7 pm-10 am due to rise in COVID cases

    It also extended the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours in each of the remaining three of the eight phases of the West Bengal polls to be held on April 22, 26 and 29.

  • BJP responsible for COVID-19 surge in Bengal, will urge EC to prevent entry of outsiders during campaigning: Mamata Banerjee Apr 16, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    BJP responsible for COVID-19 surge in Bengal, will urge EC to prevent entry of outsiders during campaigning: Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee, during a public meeting in Nadia district, said the BJP brought people from "worst-hit" states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rallies.

  • West Bengal Election 2021 | Mahua Moitra accuses EC of ‘manslaughter’ for conducting 8-phase polls amid pandemic Apr 15, 2021 07:13 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 | Mahua Moitra accuses EC of ‘manslaughter’ for conducting 8-phase polls amid pandemic

    Both the incumbent Trinamool Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party are engaged in a fierce battle to win the 2021 Bengal Assembly polls at a time India is grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with over two lakh COVID-19 cases being added on April 15.

  • West Bengal Election 2021 | EC warns BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari over alleged communal overtones in speech Apr 13, 2021 01:09 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 | EC warns BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari over alleged communal overtones in speech

    The Election Commission told Suvendu Adhikari to refrain from using statements with alleged communal overtones when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

  • Mamata Banerjee to sit on dharna on April 13 to protest EC's 24-hour campaign ban Apr 12, 2021 09:10 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee to sit on dharna on April 13 to protest EC's 24-hour campaign ban

    The Election Commission has imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Mamata Banerjee after her remarks were found by the polling body as violative of the Model Code of Conduct.

  • EC bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in Bengal polls for 24 hours Apr 12, 2021 07:41 PM IST

    EC bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in Bengal polls for 24 hours

    The action was taken against Banerjee for the violation of Model Code of Conduct, the polling body said.

  • West Bengal Election 2021 | EC asks Suvendu Adhikari to explain 'mini-Pakistan' remark within 24 hours Apr 09, 2021 01:26 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 | EC asks Suvendu Adhikari to explain 'mini-Pakistan' remark within 24 hours

    The notice was issued after the poll panel received a complaint from Kavita Krishnan of CPI-ML Central Committee.

  • Plea for compulsory masking during poll campaign: Delhi HC seeks stand of Centre, EC Apr 08, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    Plea for compulsory masking during poll campaign: Delhi HC seeks stand of Centre, EC

    A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the Centre and the EC and sought their response to the application by Vikram Singh, the former DGP of Uttar Pradesh and also the chairman of think tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC).

  • Assam Election 2021: Priyanka Gandhi slams 'irresponsible' EC, BJP's negative politics Apr 06, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Assam Election 2021: Priyanka Gandhi slams 'irresponsible' EC, BJP's negative politics

    The Congress-led Opposition has been raising questions over the EC's neutrality and functioning in the Assam polls.

  • EC reduces campaigning ban on BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours from 48 hours Apr 03, 2021 04:54 PM IST

    EC reduces campaigning ban on BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours from 48 hours

    He was on Friday initially barred from campaigning related activities till April 4 for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.

  • Assembly Elections 2021: Assam EVM row explained in 4 points Apr 02, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021: Assam EVM row explained in 4 points

    A video shared by an Assam-based journalist alleged that the EVMs were being transported in a private Mahendra Bolero car allegedly owned by Krishnendu Paul, BJP MLA and candidate from Patharkandi seat.

  • Assam Assembly Elections 2021 | Congress urges EC to register FIRs against Nadda, Sonowal for ads predicting outcome of polls Mar 28, 2021 08:39 PM IST

    Assam Assembly Elections 2021 | Congress urges EC to register FIRs against Nadda, Sonowal for ads predicting outcome of polls

    In a complaint to the Election Commission (EC), Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Mukul Wasnik sought directions and action against top BJP leaders for giving advertisements in newspapers claiming victory in all upper Assam seats.

  • West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 | TMC writes to EC urging it to revert to earlier rule on appointment of polling agents Mar 28, 2021 04:34 PM IST

    West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 | TMC writes to EC urging it to revert to earlier rule on appointment of polling agents

    According to a March 2009 rule by the EC, polling agents who are appointed by the contesting candidates shall have to be electors in the same polling stations or from neighbouring polling stations falling in the same constituency.

  • Plea in Madras HC against alleged use of Aadhaar info by Puducherry BJP for sending WhatsApp invite to voters Mar 26, 2021 04:15 PM IST

    Plea in Madras HC against alleged use of Aadhaar info by Puducherry BJP for sending WhatsApp invite to voters

    The court, after taking note of the charges levelled by the petitioner, asked the Election Commission to submit a report by April 2.

  • Election Commission bans bike rallies in poll-going seats 72 hours before voting day Mar 22, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    Election Commission bans bike rallies in poll-going seats 72 hours before voting day

    In a directive issued to chief electoral officers of poll-bound West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry, the poll body pointed out that it has been brought to its notice that "in some places bikes are used by anti-social elements to intimidate the voters before the poll day and/or on poll day.”

  • Assembly Elections 2021 | Here's what happens to cash and goodies worth crores seized in poll season Mar 19, 2021 11:30 AM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 | Here's what happens to cash and goodies worth crores seized in poll season

    The status of money and other electoral inducements captured by authorities, once the ballot has been cast, remains largely opaque, despite petitions to the apex court and filing of several RTI queries

  • Explained: What is Model Code of Conduct? What does it entail? Mar 19, 2021 08:56 AM IST

    Explained: What is Model Code of Conduct? What does it entail?

    Assembly Election 2021: The Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission with the intention of regulating political parties and candidates prior to and during elections. This is done to ensure that polling is held in a free and fair manner.

  • SC notice to Centre, EC on plea to nullify election result if maximum votes for NOTA Mar 15, 2021 12:00 PM IST

    SC notice to Centre, EC on plea to nullify election result if maximum votes for NOTA

    A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the Ministry of Law and Justice and theElection Commission of India while seeking their replies on the plea.

  • EC concludes injuries sustained by Mamata Banerjee not result of attack: Sources Mar 14, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    EC concludes injuries sustained by Mamata Banerjee not result of attack: Sources

    After reviewing the reports sent by its two special poll observers and the state government, the Commission concluded that Banerjee sustained injuries due to lapse on part of her security in charge.

  • Assam Assembly elections 2021 | 267 candidates in fray in 1st phase, 408 file nominations for 2nd phase Mar 13, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    Assam Assembly elections 2021 | 267 candidates in fray in 1st phase, 408 file nominations for 2nd phase

    The last date of nomination for 39 constituencies of the second phase was Friday, scrutiny is on March 15 and withdrawal is March 17. Polling for this phase will be held on April 1.

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