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Assembly Election 2021 updates: BJP, TMC workers clash in Nandigram, at least 3 injured, says police

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Seikh Sufiyan, the election agent of Mamata Banerjee, however, claimed that goons hired by the BJP carried out an attack on the TMC workers as all three injured were from the ruling party

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Assembly Election 2021 updates: BJP, TMC workers clash in Nandigram, at least 3 injured, says police

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Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'People know CAA, NRC won't affect them,' says Sarbananda Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal was quoted as saying by ANI, "Congress and other parties are only seen in the media but BJP and its allies are the ones on the ground. People of Assam now know that CAA-NRC will not affect them. My aim is to make the BJP government in the state again."

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Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EVM snags reported from Mariani, Lahoal

EVM snags have been reported at three voting centres of Mariani in Assam, News18 reported.. Meanwhile, at Ujoni Hatimora polling station in Lahoal Assembly Constituency, voting is yet to start due to technical glitch in EVM. 

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Mar 27, 2021 - 20:16 (IST)

Assam election 2021 LATEST updates

Kanhaiya calls Modi "biggest liar", compares Himanta to Kansa of Mahabharata

CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar hit out at BJP on Saturday calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi "the biggest liar" and comparing the saffron party's top Assam leader Himanta Biswa Sarma with King Kansa, the tyrant ruler of Mathura in the Mahabharata. The former JNU students union president termed Modi's statement in Bangladesh, where he is on a visit, about going to jail for that country's freedom as a "big lie". He urged the people of Assam, where the three-phase poll for the state assembly began on Saturday, not to support those who are selling the resources of the country in the name of nationalism.

Mar 27, 2021 - 20:10 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

Violence mars polling in West Bengal

Violence and scuffle marred the polling process in some areas. In Kanthi Dakshin seat of Purba Medinipur district, voters staged protests outside a polling booth over the alleged malfunctioning of an electronic voting machine. The agitators blocked a road outside a polling station at Majna, claiming that the VVPAT slip showed results in favour of a particular party, no matter which outfit they voted for. A contingent of central forces was sent to the area to control the situation, an EC official said, adding that the VVPAT machine was eventually replaced.
 
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's younger brother Soumendu claimed he was attacked in Kanthi by TMC supporters. He also alleged that his car was vandalised, and his driver sustained injuries in the attack. 
 
At Mohonpur in Dantan assembly constituency, four persons were injured in clashes between workers of the TMC and the BJP, after alleged attempts to capture booths were made by some of them. At Keshiari in Paschim Medinipur, security forces baton-charged locals who staged demonstrations, claiming that
votes were being cast only in favour of one party. Later in the day, the protesters blocked an adjoining road stating that security forces attacked women during
house-to-house raids.

Mar 27, 2021 - 19:30 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

BJP practices politics without principles, pumping money in Bengal to capture power: Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday alleged that the BJP practices "politics without principles" and was pumping huge amount of money in West Bengal to capture power in that state. He also said that Bengal will never go with such "communal and corrupt" political ideology of the BJP. 

"BJP is pumping huge money in West Bengal to capture power by hook or by crook as part of politics without principles. People of West Bengal will give them befitting reply by keeping them away from power," Gehlot tweeted.

Mar 27, 2021 - 19:20 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

EC RejectsTMC charge of discrepancy in poll numbers

The Election Commission rejected allegations of the TMC that there was discrepancy in poll turnout and malfunctioning of EVMs in South Kanthi. 

Mar 27, 2021 - 18:53 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

TMC, BJP trade barbs over Nandigram violence 

Seikh Sufiyan, the election agent of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, however, claimed that goons hired by the BJP carried out an attack on the workers of the state's ruling party, a charge denied by the saffron camp. "All three, who sustained injuries during the attack, are activists of the TMC. They were rushed to SSKM hospital in Kolkata. The condition of one of them has been stated to be serious," Sufiyan said.

Local BJP leaders, on their part, contended that the TMC men are trying to disrupt peace in the constituency -- where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is locked in a fierce battle with protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari. "None of our workers was involved in any attack on TMC activists. On the contrary, the ruling camp members assaulted our karyakartas during Suvendu Adhikari's rallies. The three TMC men, undergoing treatment, must be victims of infighting," a saffron party leader said. 

Mar 27, 2021 - 18:39 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

BJP, TMC workers clash in Nandigram, at least 3 injured

A clash broke out on Saturday between activists of the BJP and the TMC in Purba Medinipur's Nandigram constituency -- which is set to go to polls on April 1 -- leaving at least three persons seriously injured, a senior police officer here said. 

Mar 27, 2021 - 18:29 (IST)

Assam election 2021 LATEST updates

Polling concludes; 72.14%voter turnout reported till 6 pm

As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall estimated voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 72.14 percent till 6 pm. Nagaon recorded the highest voting percentage at 78.20 percent while Nazaira saw the lowest at 64 percent

Mar 27, 2021 - 17:49 (IST)

West Bengal election 2021 LATEST updates

EVM votes for BJP: AITC alleges EVM rigging in West Bengal

The party retweeted multiple allegations of Electronic Voting Machine's rigging from Kanthi Uttar district, stating that no matter which way voter goes, the poll is recorded in favour of the BJP. The party also claimed that the BJP was illegally trying to swing votes in their favour

Mar 27, 2021 - 17:40 (IST)

Assembly Election LATEST Updates

First phase polling in final hour

First phase of polling is nearing its end as according to Election Commission's orders, the voting will end at 6 pm. The ECI has, however, directed officials to record the votes of people already in line at 6 pm. 

Mar 27, 2021 - 17:34 (IST)

Assam election 2021 LATEST updates

66.02%voter turnout reported in Assam till 5 pm

As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 66.02 percent till 5 pm. Nagaon recorded the highest voting percentage at 79.83 percent while Nazaira saw the lowest at 64 percent

 

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Seikh Sufiyan, the election agent of Mamata Banerjee, however, claimed that goons hired by the BJP carried out an attack on the TMC workers as all three injured were from the ruling party

The Trinamool Congress, eyeing re-election in Bengal for a third term, today alleged 'discrepancy' in poll turnout and malfunctioning of EVMs

A huge controversy erupted on Saturday amid the polling for 30 Assembly seats in West Bengal, with the BJP releasing an audio clip where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and help her win the seat.

Banerjee is pitted against her former protege and now the BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, the region that propelled her to power in 2011, dislodging the Left Front from power after a 34-year unbroken rule.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that her party will complain to the Election Commission about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh, reports said.

"In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when a Bangladeshi actor attended our rally, BJP spoke to Bangladesh government and cancelled his visa.... When polls are underway here, Modi goes to Bangladesh to seek votes from one section of people, why shouldn't your Visa be cancelled? We'll complain to the Election Commission," Mamata told ANI on Saturday.

Meanwhile, according to EC, 70.17 percent of polling has been registered in West Bengal till 4 pm.

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's younger brother Soumendu was attacked in Kanthi by TMC supporters, his party alleged.

His car was vandalised and his driver was injured in the attack.

Rahul Gandhi urged voters on Saturday to cast their ballots against "divisive forces" to strengthen democracy as polling began for the first phase of the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam.

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some areas that are voting in the first phase of the Assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, even as the overall poll situation was peaceful with 14.28 per cent turnout recorded till 9 am, officials said

Voting on Saturday was stopped in Kharagpur after EVM malfunctions were reported from polling booths 98 and 99, according to media reports.

Voting has now begun in both West Bengal and Assam.

Politically volatile states of West Bengal and Assam will go to polls in the first phase of assembly elections on Saturday amid a resurgent COVID-19 crisis to decide the fate of a number of top politicians including Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The Assembly elections to the two states apart from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry are the first, after the state polls in Bihar, to be held during the pandemic. Polling will be held in 30 of the 294 constituencies of West Bengal and 47 of the 126 in Assam which together have 1.54 crore eligible voters who can exercise their franchise on Saturday.

The polling, mostly in the Jungalmahal area of West Bengal, where the BJP had managed to win most of the seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, will likely witness a straight contest between the saffron party and the ruling TMC.

A staggering 684 companies of central paramilitary forces, each having about 100 men and officers, have been deployed to guard 10,288 polling booths housed in 7,061 premises, officials said. Thousands of state police personnel will also be positioned at vulnerable places to thwart attempts at vitiating the elections.

West Bengal has been caught in the throes of violent political clashes between the TMC and BJP supporters which have claimed several lives on both sides. The first phase of poll in Assam will decide the fate of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendranath Goswami, state Congress chief Ripun Borah and a host of
ministers.

Most of these seats will likely witness triangular contest between the ruling BJP-AGP alliance, the Congress-led opposition grand alliance and the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

West Bengal will have an eight-phase poll, while in Assam the exercise will be completed in three phases on 27 March, 1 and 6 April. Altogether 264 candidates, including 23 women, are in the fray.

Central forces will assist the state police in maintaining law and order during the polling, a senior police officer said without divulging their numbers. The official
said there will be enough security personnel to cover all polling stations.

The ruling BJP is contesting 39 seats and its partner AGP 10. The two allies are engaged in friendly contest in Lakhimpur and Naharkatiya constituencies. The grand alliance is contesting all the seats, with the Congress party putting up candidates in 43, and the AIUDF, CPI(ML-L), RJD and Anchalik Gana Morcha (contesting as
Independent) in one each.

The newly formed AJP is in the fray in 41 seats, while there are 78 Independents, including 19 candidates of he newly formed Raijor Dal who are also contesting as
Independents. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is trying his luck from Majuli (ST) seat where he is locked in a direct contest with three-time former Congress MLA and former minister Rajib Lochan Pegu.

Speaker of the outgoing assembly Hitendranath Goswami is also locked in a direct contest with former Congress MLA Rana Goswami in Jorhat.
Titabor, another high-profile seat that was held by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress for four successive terms will likely see a direct contest between Bhaskar Jyoti Barua of the Congress and former MLA Hemanta Kalita. Gogoi, the tallest Congress leader in the state, died last year.

BJP Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakha), Jogen Mohan (Mahmora), Terash Gowala (Duliajan) and Sanjoy Kishan (Tinsukia) are all locked in triangular contest with Congress or its alliance partners and the AJP.

AGP Ministers Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta are in the electoral arena in Bokakhat and Kaliabor. Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia and
state Congress president Ripun Borah are in the fray from Nazira and Gohpur respectively.

Activist and Raijor Dal leader Akhil Gogoi, in jail for his alleged role in the violent anti-CAA protests, is contesting as an Independent from Sivasagar.
AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi is contesting from Duliajan and Naharkatiya, and is pitted against Congress and BJP nominees in both the constituencies.
The first phase of polling in West Bengal will see voting in all the nine seats in Purulia, four in Bankura, four in Jhargram and six in Paschim Medinipur, besides the seven seats in high-stakes Purba Medinipur - the home turf of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.

The TMC and BJP have fielded candidates in 29 seats each, while the Left-Congress-ISF alliance has put up its nominee in all 30 seats. "Friendly fights" will take place in some constituencies.

In Jhargram, 11 paramilitary personnel will be deployed per booth, the highest for any election held in the state so far, officials said. In the other districts, an
average of six paramilitary personnel will be deployed at every polling booth, officials said.

The Trinamool Congress is contesting 29 of the 30 seats, while supporting an Independent in the Joypur assembly segment in Purulia as the nomination of its official candidate Ujjwal Kumar was rejected by the EC due to a discrepancy. The BJP is also contesting 29 seats and backing ally AJSU Party of Jharkhand in Baghmundi.

Among the notable seats going to the polls in the first phase are Salboni, where the CPI(M) has fielded former minister Susanta Ghosh against BJP's Rajib Kundu and TMC's Srikanta Mahata. Ghosh, the MLA of Garbeta from 1987 to 2016, was in jail in the skeleton recovery case and is at present out on bail. Seven skeletons had been exhumed from behind his house in West Midnapore in 2011 arousing suspicion that Ghosh, a minister in the Jyoti Basu and Bhuddhadeb Bhattacharjee
governments, was involved in the killing of seven Trinamool Congress activists in 2002.

The TMC has fielded actor June Malia, a known face on the Bengali silver screen, from Medinipur against BJP's Samit Kumar Dash. The Left-led alliance candidate is Tarun Kumar Ghosh of the CPI. In another significant contest, Santhali actor Birbaha Hansda is fighting on a TMC ticket from Jhargram against BJP's
Sukhamay Satpathy and CPI(M)'s youth leader Madhuja Sen Roy.

The seven seats in Purba Medinipur -- Patashpur, Kanthi Uttar, Bhagabanpur, Khejuri, Kanthi Dakshin, Ramnagar and Egra -- will also be closely watched beause of a prestige fight between the influential Adhikari family, which has gone over to the BJP, and the TMC.

With inputs from  PTI

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