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West Bengal Election 2021 Updates: Sporadic violence mars second phase polling; over 80% voter turnout recorded so far

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates: An agitated Banerjee slammed the EC for not taking any action despite lodging several complaints and threatened to move court over it. Amongst the complaints were allegations of 'booth capturing' and massive fake voting in Boyal

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West Bengal Election 2021 Updates: Sporadic violence mars second phase polling; over 80% voter turnout recorded so far

Chief Minister of West Bengal state and Trinamool Congress party leader Mamata Banerjee, on wheel chair along with her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, right and others participates in a political rally in Kolkata, India, Banerjee was injured during a road show after filing her nomination the previous week. The eight phased legislative assembly elections in West Bengal state are scheduled to begin on March 27. AP

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17:58 (ist)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

TMC files complaint with EC against BJP workers

As per reports, The Trinamool Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging booth capturing by BJP workers in the Moyna constituency.

“BJP workers are attempting to take control of EVM and are rigging the booth,” claims the complaint. “The CRPF deployed at the booth is not taking any action.”

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Apr 01, 2021 - 20:37 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC orders 2 election observers to send report on Mamata's complaints on Nandigram polling

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday asked two poll observers to submit a report on complaints by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as the state witnessed the second phase of voting across 30 assembly seats in the assembly elections.

“A separate hand written complaint was received from Hon’ble Chief Minister via CEO West Bengal today in the late afternoon. The same has been forwarded to Special General Observer Shri Ajay Nayak and Special Police Observer Shri Vivek Dube under intimation to CEO. They have been asked to send a report by tomorrow 6pm,” the poll body said in a statement.

Apr 01, 2021 - 19:13 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

TMC writes to EC, alleges CRPF men misbehaved with women voters in Nandigram

Alleging that a few Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday "misbehaved" with women voters at a polling booth in Bengal's Nandigram constituency, the TMC urged the Election Commission to take immediate action against the offenders.

In a letter to the poll panel, the ruling party claimed that CRPF personnel, posted at booth number 197 in Nandigram, were seen exhibiting improper behaviour, with some even intimidating women.

Such conduct by the CRPF men deployed on polling duty represents "their partisan conduct which is prejudicial for the Trinamool", the letter said.

The party demanded that the security team, seen "misbehaving" at the polling station, be immediately replaced and strict action be taken against the accused personnel.

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Apr 01, 2021 - 18:17 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

80.43% turnout recorded in West Bengal till 5.45 pm

As per EC's Voter Turnout application, Bankura district, with 82.78 percent, witnessed the highest turnout while South 24 Parganas registered the lowest turnout at 79.66 percent till 5.45 pm

Apr 01, 2021 - 17:58 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

TMC files complaint with EC against BJP workers

As per reports, The Trinamool Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging booth capturing by BJP workers in the Moyna constituency.

“BJP workers are attempting to take control of EVM and are rigging the booth,” claims the complaint. “The CRPF deployed at the booth is not taking any action.”

Apr 01, 2021 - 17:19 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Bengal sees 76.26% of voter turnout till 5 pm

As per latest figures from the EC's voter turnout app, West Bengal has recorded 76.26 percent turnout till 5 pm. Volatile constituency Nandigram has recorded 69.53 percent of voter turnout till 5 pm.

Apr 01, 2021 - 17:14 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Will check all footage, take appropriate steps: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee asks Amit Shah to “control goons who are heckling woman journalists in rallies”, says she cannot reveal what she discussed with the election observer and the governor. “I haven't seen such a bad election,” Banerjee said, according to ANI.When asked if an FIR will be filed over allegations of booth rigging at Boyal polling booth where she visited, Banerjee said, “We will check all footage of the polling booth and take appropriate steps.”

Apr 01, 2021 - 16:39 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata is 'insulting voters', says Suvendu Adhikari 

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari attacks West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling Governor Jagdeep Dhankar from Nandigram, reports ANI. “She’s insulting voters,” he claims. “It has become her habit to insult people of Nandigram. She received injuries in an accident but levelled allegations. Governor’s is a constitutional post, she can speak to him, no problem. The Election Commission conducts polls, not governor or president.”

Apr 01, 2021 - 16:28 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

People of Bengal have decided, 'did must go': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday while addressing a rally in Uluberia said that "Didi must go".

"People of Bengal have decided -- Didi must go. People of Nandigram have fulfilled this dream today. People can't wait any longer to save their future & identity. They are not just participating in polling, they are paving the way for renaissance in Bengal," he said.

Apr 01, 2021 - 16:15 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC seeks report over violence during polling in Bengal's Nandigram

The Election Commission of India on Thursday sought a detailed report from the administration in connection with an incident of violence in Boyal area in Nandigram where Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to oversee the polling process.

The West Bengal chief minister visited several booths across the high-profile Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP.

As soon as Banerjee reached Boyal, BJP supporters started chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans.

Supporters of the two parties then indulged in violence, as TMC leaders demanded re-polling in booth number 7, police said. Central forces tried to restore law and peace in the area. 

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Apr 01, 2021 - 15:58 (IST)

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Ruckus continues near polling booth in Debra

Ruckus continues near a polling booth in Debra constituency of West Bengal where local residents had alleged that outsiders were being called in to create a ruckus, reports ANI. Some of the voters say they want BJP’s Bharti Ghosh, who is contesting the seat, to leave.

BJP candidate from Debra constituency of West Bengal alleges that people are not being allowed to vote, were beaten up and made to leave, reports ANI. “Those who weren’t allowed to vote blocked my way and narrated their ordeal,” she says. “That’s why I called election agent here. Unnecessary havoc being created so that I get stuck.”

West Bengal Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Heavy voting amidst sporadic violence, marked the second phase of polling to the West Bengal assembly, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Election Commission over inaction to complaints filed by her party.

As per reports, The Trinamool Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging booth capturing by BJP workers in the Moyna constituency. “BJP workers are attempting to take control of EVM and are rigging the booth,” claims the complaint. “The CRPF deployed at the booth is not taking any action.”

The Election Commission of India on Thursday sought a detailed report from the administration in connection with an incident of violence in Boyal area in Nandigram where Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to oversee the polling process.

Amid incidents of stray violence in the high profile Nandigram constituency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Election Commission for "inaction" despite her party lodging several poll-related complaints and threatened to move the law courts over it.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited several booths across the high-profile Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP, as sporadic incidents of violence and allegations of booth jamming marred the voting process in the second phase.

As of 2 pm, Purba Medinipur has recorded the highest voter turnout at 60.32 percent, whereas, South 24 Parganas saw a turnout of 48.13 percent.

Huge mob of BJP workers have entered booth number 6,7,49,27,162,21,26,13,262,256,163,20. BJP workers attempting to take control of EVM and rigging the booth, the TMC MP said.

Wish Election Commission had put half as much effort into ensuring no EVM glitches as it did into transferring police officials, said Moitra.

Till 12 pm, Pashcim Medinipur has recorded the highest voter turnout at 41.49 percent, whereas, South 24 Parganas saw a turnout of 27.05 percent.

Uday Dobe was found hanging in his residence in Bhekutia triggering tension in the area amid the highprofile election in Nandigram, police said.

Free and fair polls not being conducted here as TMC causing violence. Central forces inactive, said Pritish Ranjan Kuar, BJP candidate from Keshpur.

According to the locals, the bombing that took place since last night, was carried out by BJP workers.They also said that there is minimal patrolling by central forces in the area.

BJP's heavyweight Nandigram candidate cast his vote soon after polling began on Thursday morning. He went to the Nandanayak Bar Primary School around 7.30 am to cast his vote.

Polling will take place in nine seats of Paschim Medinipur district, eight in Bankura district, four seats in South 24 Parganas district and nine in Purba Medinipur district: the home ground of TMC turncoat and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. Nandigram falls in Purba Medinipur district.

The agrarian constituency which shook the foundations of the mighty Left regime over the anti-land acquisition movement in 2007, has now turned into a battleground of titans with Mamata suddenly deciding to switch from her Bhowanipur seat to the constituency held by Adhikari, her former lieutenant who has switched loyalty to the BJP.

West Bengal is all set to go for voting on Thursday (1 April) in the second phase of Assembly elections. In phase two, 30 constituencies are up for grab with 171 candidates in the fray.

Voting will take place across four districts — Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and South 24 Parganas.

Of the total 171 candidates, only 19 (11 percent) are women while 152 candidates are men. TMC and BJP are contesting in all the 30 seats, while CPM is in the fray in 15 and its alliance partners of United Front or Sanjukta Morcha the Congress and ISF are competing in 13 and two seats, respectively.

According to the Election Commission, a total of 75,94,549 electors will exercise their franchise in the second phase of polling in 10,620 polling stations spread across the 30 constituencies.

All 10,620 booths where polling will be held this phase have been declared as sensitive by the Election Commission, which has deployed around 651 companies of central forces to provide security, officials said.

Besides, the state police will also be deployed at strategic locations during the polling which will begin at 7 am, they said. A total 199 companies of the Central Armed Police Force will be deployed in Purba Medinipur, 210 companies in Paschim Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura, the sources said.

The Assembly constituency of Nandigram will also go to the polls in the second phase where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against Suvendu Adhikari, who left TMC and joined the BJP in December last year.

Besides Mamata and Suvendu, Left front candidate Minakshi Mukherjee is also trying her luck from Nandigram. The Left has won this seat eight times, and while TMC won three times.

List of constituencies that will go to polls in phase 2:

The 30 Assembly seats voting on Thursday are — Gosaba (SC), Patharpratima, Kakdwip, Sagar, Tamluk, Panskura Purba, Panskura Paschim, Moyna, Nandakumar, Mahisadal, Haldia (SC), Nandigram, Chandipur, Kharagpur Sadar, Narayangarh, Sabang, Pingla, Debra, Daspur, Ghatal (SC), Chandrakona (SC), Keshpur (SC), Taldangra, Bankura, Barjora, Onda, Bishnupur, Katulpur (SC), Indas and Sonamukhi.

Key candidates and seats

Polling will take place amid strict COVID-19 guidelines in nine seats of Paschim Medinipur, eight in Bankura, four seats in South 24 Parganas and nine in Purba Medinipur - the home ground of TMC turncoat and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. Nandigram falls in Purba Medinipur district.

The agrarian constituency which shook the foundations of the mighty Left regime over the anti-land acquisition movement in 2007, has now turned into a battleground of titans with Banerjee suddenly deciding to switch from her Bhowanipur seat to the constituency held by Adhikari, her former lieutenant who has switched loyalty to the BJP.

For Adhikari it is a battle for political survival as a defeat would be a devastating blow and might also put a question mark on his political graph in his new party the BJP. Similarly, a victory would not only establish him as one of the tallest leaders in Bengal but would also push him few miles ahead of others in the Chief Ministerial race in case the BJP is voted to power.

For Banerjee, who is running for the third successive term as chief minister, a victory is a must to lead the government and keep together her party, which is faced with exodus.

For the Congress-Left-ISF alliance candidate Minakshi Mukherjee of CPI-M, the challenge is to regain her party's lost ground.

Another prominent seat going to the poll in the second phase is Sabang, where TMC has fielded its Rajya Sabha MP Manas Bhunia. He is up against TMC turncoat and BJP leader Amulya Maity.

Bhunia, a former state Congress president, had held the seat from 1982 to 016 as Congress nominee before switching over to the TMC in September 2016.

TMC has fielded actor Sayantika Banerjee, a popular face on the Bengali silver screen, from Bankura seat against BJP's Niladri Sekhar Dana. The Sanjukta Morcha has fielded Congress candidate Radharani Banerjee.

In Debra seat, two former IPS officers will cross swords. One is BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh who is contesting against TMC's Humayun Kabir. Both had resigned from their senior police posts to join active politics.

TMCs's daughter vs BJP's Sonar Bangla

Campaigning for the second phase of the West Bengal assembly poll had ended on Tuesday evening with the final day seeing a hectic canvassing for the Nandigram seat in the Purba Medinipur district.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held roadshows with Bengal's megastar Mithun Chakraborty in support of Adhikari in Nandigram during the day, while Banerjee, who is confined to a wheelchair following her injury which she had sustained while campaigning in the constituency, crisscrossed it addressing rallies at several venues.

IOn the last day of campaigning, the feisty politician held two back-to-back rallies in Paschim Medinipur despite the early summer heat urging people to vote for TMC so that the development work taken up there by the government continued.

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee toured the rest asserting that TMC will not let Bengal to be ruled from Delhi or Gujarat in an apparent reference to the battery of central BJP leaders and ministers camping in the state.

"Bangla wants her own daughter (Mamata). So vote for her," Abhishek urged in his meetings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda had led BJP's campaign from the front addressing rallies at Kanthi and Nandigram and urging the electorate to vote for the saffron party to usher in 'ashol poriborton' (actual change) to build 'Sonar Bangla'(prosperous Bengal).

Modi in his rallies had attacked the TMC government and Banerjee, accusing her of "appeasement politics" and asserting that "khela shesh hobe" (game will be over). Other star campaigners of the BJP stressed on scams allegedly involving the ruling Trinamool Congress — from the Saradha and Narada tape scam to the recent allegations over the siphoning of funds for Amphan relief and the COVID-19 pandemic.

They highlighted the achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre in their rallies and blamed the TMC government for not allowing schemes like the Ayushman Bharat, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to be implemented in the state, where the BJP leaders claimed corruption and anarchy are prevalent.

Documents to carry for identification at polling stations:

Here is a list of documents voters can carry for identification at polling stations. Carry any of these mentioned identity proofs while voting.

1) Voter ID card
2) PAN Card
3) Driving License
4) Indian Passport
5) MNREGA Job Card
6) Bank/Post Office Passbooks with photograph
7) Pension document with photograph
8)Service Identity Cards with photograph issued by Central/State Govt/PSUs/Public Limited Companies

With inputs from PTI

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