Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: At stake are nine assembly constituencies in Howrah, eleven in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Coochbehar and ten in Hooghly.
File image of Mamata Banerjee addressing a poll rally. ANI
Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who is trying his luck from the Tollygunge assembly seat, feels Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should be barred from campaigning for making “vitriolic and communal” speeches and taking Bengal’s political discourse to an “all-time low”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently addressing a rally in Damjur, raked up the issue of the recent notice she received from the Election Commission. "It hardly matters even if 10 show cause notices are issued against me. I am telling everyone to vote unitedly, there will no division. How many complaints have been filed against Narendra Modi? He does Hindu-Muslim every day," she said.
While addressing a campaign in Hooghly, Yogi Aditynath on Thursday alleged that Mamata Banerjee supported those who instigated violence during CAA protests.
West Bengal is witnessing intense political fight between BJP, TMC and other parties ahead of the fourth phase of Assembly elections, in which 44 constituencies will go to polls.
According to an itinerary released by the saffron party earlier on Thursday, the BJP president's roadshows will take place in Alipurduar at 12.15 pm, Dinhata at 1.30 pm and Mekliganj at 3.15 pm.
BJP chief JP Nadda on Thursday will be holding three road shows in West Bengal.
Several officials, including three district magistrates, were transferred by the Election Commission on Wednesday, as per an order.
Dakshin Dinajpur DM Nikhil Nirmal was replaced by C Murugan, as per the order issued by the EC.
Enaur Rahman, the DM of Purba Bardhaman, was replaced by Shilpa Gaurisaria. Anurag Shrivastva replaced Purnendu Kumar Maji as the DM of Paschim Bardhaman, it added.
District magistrates are also the district election officers.
The officers in charge of Regent Park and Basdroni police stations, both in the Tollygunge Assembly constituency, were also transferred.
Regent Park OC Mrinalkanti Mukherjee was sent to the Special Branch, while Basdroni OC Pratap Biswas was moved to the Kolkata Police's Detective Department, an official order said.
Ram Thapa was made the new OC of Regent Park. Malay Basu was named the new OC of Basdroni, it added.
Polling will be held in Tollygunge in the fourth phase on 10 April.
As a part of the arrangement for the fourth phase, in which elections will be held in 44 Assembly constituencies across five districts, the Election Commission has decided to deploy over 750 companies of the central forces.
Polling will be held in this phase in urban Howrah, parts of South 24 Parganas that are adjacent to Kolkata, urban parts of Hooghly, besides Alipurduar and Coochbehar.
Special general observer Ajay Nayak is likely to visit Purba Bardhaman on Thursday to supervise the poll arrangements, EC sources said.