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West Bengal Election 2021 updates: Mamata misleading people on COVID vaccination, says JP Nadda

West Bengal election phase 7 voting LIVE updates: The BJP chief also accused the TMC of unleashing violence in Bengal during poll campaign. He condemned the 'murderous attack' on BJP candidate Gopal Chandra Saha, saying that people will answer 'bullets with ballots'

FP Staff April 26, 2021 16:04:33 IST
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West Bengal Election 2021 updates: Mamata misleading people on COVID vaccination, says JP Nadda

Voters at a polling station. ANI

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Apr 26, 2021 - 16:25 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

Mamata Banerjee welcomes Madras HC order

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded the withdrawal of central forces to contain covid spread in West Bengal in the next phase of polling, while welcoming the Madras High Courts observations that the Election Commission could not avoid blame for the spread of Covid.

"I welcome the Madras High Court order, which clearly said the EC cannot escape its responsibility. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EC are responsible for the (current) situation (of Covid spreading in the state)," Banerjee alleged at workers meeting in North Kolkata where party candidates and workers were present.

Earlier on Monday, Madras High Court had lashed out at the Election Commission over the conduct of Assembly polls amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice S Ramamoorthy termed the EC as most irresponsible while hearing a public interest writ seeking directions to ensure fair counting of votes on May 2 in Karur by taking steps to ensure adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

-PTI

Apr 26, 2021 - 16:15 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

Mamata Banerjee shows victory symbol after casting her vote in Kolkata

Apr 26, 2021 - 15:48 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

Over 67% of votes polled till 3:30 pm

As per the Election Commission's Voter turnout application, 67.27 percent of voter turnout has been recorded till 3.31 pm in the seventh phase of West Bengal assembly elections.

Here is the district-wise voter turnout till 3:30 pm:

  • South Dinajpur 72.58%
  • Malda 70.14%
  • Murshidabad 72.66%
  • West Burdwan 62.42%
  • South Kolkata 52.97%

Apr 26, 2021 - 15:46 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

BJP candidate's agent detained for molesting women voters in Kolkata

BJP candidate from the Rashbehari assembly constituency Lt Gen Subrata Saha's agent was detained on Monday for allegedly molesting a few women voters inside a polling booth in the city's New Alipore area, police said.

Mohan Rao was detained after several women voters claimed he tried to drag them holding their hands inside Bidya Bharati School, a police officer said.

"We have received a complaint in this regard and a probe is underway," he said.

Rao, however, rubbished the allegations and said no such incident had taken place.

"TMC activists are trying to create disturbance in the area. This is a deliberate attempt to disrupt the peaceful polling process," Saha said. 

-PTI

Apr 26, 2021 - 15:38 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

Mamata failed as CM to provide clean drinking water, tweets BJP's Amit Malviya

Apr 26, 2021 - 15:28 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

JP Nadda accuses Mamata of misleading people on COVID vaccination

BJP president JP Nadda on Monday accused Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee of misleading people of West Bengal on various issues, ranging from "insider-outsider" to Covid vaccination during the campaigning for the assembly elections in the state, reports PTI

Nadda also asserted his party had upheld the culture and legacy of Bengal as against the insulting language adopted by Banerjee against the BJP leadership.

"During the campaign for the eight-phase elections, which comes to an end on Monday, Mamata Banerjee has made all efforts to mislead the people of Bengal and to instigate them using issues like insider-outsider and culture," he said addressing a virtual public meeting here.

The last phase of polling will be held on April 29 and the counting is scheduled for 2 May.

Apr 26, 2021 - 15:11 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

BJP's Baranagar candidate tests COVID positive

Parno Mitra, BJP candidate from Baranagar in North 24 Parganas, tested positive for COVID-19, The Times of India reported.

Earlier, BJP's Tollygunge candidate Babul Supriyo, CPM's Jadavpur nominee Sujan Chakraborty and TMC's Kamarhati candidate Madan Mitra are among the leaders who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Three candidates have also died of COVID-19 in the state, while the elections are underway.

Apr 26, 2021 - 14:45 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

55.12% voting recorded till 2.45 pm

According to figures from the Voter Turnout mobile application, 55.12 percent polling was recorded till 2.45 pm in 34 assembly seats. Following is the district-wise voter turnout:

Dakshin Dinajpur - 58.96 percent

Kolkata South - 41.69 percent

Malda - 58.16 percent

Murshidabad - 60.53 percent

Paschim Bardhaman - 50.78 percent

Apr 26, 2021 - 14:27 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

EC transfers more police officers in Bengal

The Election Commission transferred a few police officers as West Bengal voted in the seventh phase of assembly polls on Monday, officials said. Shantanu Sinha Biswas, an inspector at the Directorate of Economic Offences, was transferred to the office of the DIG Jalpaiguri Range as a crime inspector, they said.

Sinha was accused by the BJP of manipulating postal ballots. Srimanta Kumar Bandopadhyay, the Assistant Commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur Police, was named the new Sub-divisional Police Officer of Bolpur, as per an order issued on Sunday night.

Shubhendra Kumar, the present SDPO of Bolpur, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Nihar Ranjan Roy, the circle inspector of Krishnaganj in Krishnanagar police district, was made the new inspector incharge of the Murshidabad police station, replacing Atish Das, the order said.

Apr 26, 2021 - 14:23 (IST)

West Bengal Election LATEST Updates

A voter died at Domkal in Murshidabad due to the heat wave, The Times of India reported.

West Bengal election phase 7 voting LATEST News and Updates: BJP president JP Nadda on Monday accused Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee of misleading people of West Bengal on various issues, ranging from "insider-outsider" to Covid vaccination during the campaigning for the assembly elections in the state

Parno Mitra, BJP candidate from Baranagar in North 24 Parganas, tested positive for COVID-19 .

Two BJP polling agents entered a booth in Ballygunge, while the party workers threatened locals and barred the way to a polling booth in Harishchandrapur, according to India Today.

BJP candidate from Asansol Dakshin constituency Agnimitra Paul alleged that a Trinamool Congress polling agent was wearing a cap with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's photo on it, at polling booth in Baktarnagar High School.

The seventh phase of polling in the West Bengal Assembly election will be held today (26 April) amid tight security arrangements and COVID-19 safety protocols.

A total of 86,78,221 voters — 44,44,634 male and 42,33,358 women and 229 from the third gender — are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 34 constituencies spread across Malda (Part I), Kolkata Dakshin, Murshidabad (Part I), Paschim Bardhaman (Part 1) and Dakshin Dinajpur districts.

Polling will be held between 7 am to 6.30 pm as in other phases at 12,068 polling stations in nine Assembly constituencies each in Murshidabad and Paschim Bardhaman districts, six each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda districts four in Kolkata Dakshin.

Polling for two Assembly seats in Samserganj and Jangipur has been declared void following the deaths of two candidates there.

The Election Commission has fixed 16 May for the polling in these two seats.

Key candidates

The focus in this phase of polling will be on seats in the southern part of the city, mainly Bhabanipore which is the stronghold of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

While the fiery Banerjee has contested from Nandigram this time, she nominated one of her senior most party leaders Sovandeb Chattopadhyay from Bhabanipore. BJP has fielded actor-turned-politician Rudranil Ghosh from the seat.

From Rashbehari the saffron party has named Lt Gen (Dr) Subrata Saha against TMC's Debasish Kumar. The state minister and city mayor Firhad Hakim will test his luck from Kolkata Port constituency where he will lock horns with BJP's Awadh Kishore Gupta and Congress' Mohammed Mukhtar.

Focus will also be on polling at Balurghat, Malda, Chanchal, Harishchandrapur as well as in Lalgola, Murshidabad and Farakka seats.

Following the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, the EC has banned road shows and vehicle rallies in the state with immediate effect. It also noted that COVID safety norms were being flouted in West Bengal during campaigning.

It also disallowed any public meeting with more than 500 people.

Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the party MP, cancelled all their scheduled rallies and held them on the virtual platform as did Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 April.

During the physical campaign rallies rivals TMC and BJP hit out at each other.

The BJP leaders in their campaigns attacked Banerjee, her nephew Abhishek alleging involvement of party leaders in the Saradha and Narada tapes scams to the recent allegations of siphoning of funds allocated for Amphan cyclone and the COVID-19 pandemic relief.

The BJP leaders maintained that corruption and anarchy are prevalent in West Bengal and that the party will put an end to it after coming to power in the state.

Top BJP leaders such as Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, party president JP Nadda, Smriti Irani held several rallies and public meetings in different parts of the Assembly constituencies for this phase of poll.

With inputs from PTI

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