Kolkata: Voting for 44 assembly seats in the fourth phase of West Bengal elections is currently underway. Elections are being held at 15,940 polling stations across 44 constituencies of the state, which began at 7:00 am and is expected to continue till 6:30 pm.
Notably, polling is being conducted for 44 seats spread over Howrah (9 seats), South 24 Parganas (11 seats), Hooghly (10 seats) districts in South Bengal, and Alipurduar (five seats) and Cooch Behar (9 seats) districts in North Bengal.
-Polling concludes for phase 4, around 76.16% cast vote till 6 pm, as per EC data.
-The turnout rose sharply in the last one hour of polling as the number shot up from 67.69 percent at 5 pm to 76.16 percent. The polling will conclude shortly and the final data will be released by EC later in the night.
District-wise turnout in West Bengal till 5 pm
-Cooch Behar: 70.97%
-South 24 Parganas: 65.06%
-BJP can’t give citizenship to Matuas, they already have it: Mamata
-Accusing the BJP of giving false promises to the members of the politically significant Matua community on citizenship, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday claimed that those people have already been given all rights as citizens.
-Opened fire in self defence, says CISF
-The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that opened fire at Mathabhanga’s Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar in north Bengal on Saturday, said that it did so in self defence after a mob attempted to snatch weapons.
-Total 67.69% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm
-West Bengal recorded over 67% voter turnout till 5 pm, which is much less as compared to the second and the third phases of the state when the overall turnout was more than 80 percent while the five pm number was past 75 percent.
District-wise turnout in West Bengal till 4 pm.
-South 24 Parganas: 64.07%
-Targeting TMC over Cooch Behar deaths, PM said, “Didi is angry as her goons are unable to do “Chappa” due to presence of central forces.” He also said that “BJP’s ‘double engine sarkar’ will break the syndicate raj in Bengal.”
-“Central forces carries out voting all over India in an impartial manner, the problem is not in the forces but your violent politics and poll rigging in the state,” said PM Modi.
-“After a wait for decades, the ‘mahayagya’ of ‘ashol poribortan’ has started in Bengal. This ‘mahayagya’ will teach a lesson to appeasers,” says PM Narendra Modi in Krishnanagar.
-Didi is so disappointed that she has gotten down to her age old ‘khela’: PM Modi
-Didi’s anger is on the seventh cloud, she is abusing the central forces and the Election Commission of India. She is even abusing the polling agents of her party: PM Modi
-West Bengal will soon get rid of the tolabaazi culture: PM Modi
-BJP’s double engine government in Bengal will give a new political ambience to the state: PM Modi
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Deepest condolences to the bereaved families, tweets Sitaram Yechury
-PM Narendra Modi arrives at Krishnanagar where he will address a public rally shortly.
-Total 66.76% voter turnout recorded till 3:39 pm in West Bengal.
-TMC writes to chief electoral officer of West Bengal over death of four people in Cooch Behar.
-EC orders suspension of polls at polling station number 126 in West Bengal’s Sitalkuchi.
-“Polling has been stopped at polling station number 126 of Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency, Cooch Behar; further investigation is underway,” tells DIG Jalpaiguri Range.
-Sourav Ganguly casts vote in Behala.
-Mamata Banerjee replied to EC notice
-“There has been no effort to incite/influence the electorate against CAPFs. It is clear I haven’t violated Model Code of Conduct,” Mamata says in reply to EC notice.
-TMC leader Saugata Roy questioned the Cooch Behar polling clash where 4 commenors lost their lives, asking, “why did the Central Armed Police Forces fire? Where do they get this audacity of firing on common voters? That is the main question. This is a part of a conspiracy & we do not think that the PM is out of this conspiracy. This is an effort to intimidate voters.”
-Was not deployed at Cooch Behar booth where firing incident happened, CRPF says.
-Regarding recent incident being reported in media about killing of 4 civilians outside booth 126, Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency, Cooch Behar, it’s clarified that CRPF component was neither deployed at the said booth nor involved in the incident in any way: CRPF
-West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to visit spot in Cooch Behar tomorrow, where four people died in firing.
-52.89% voter turnout recorded till 1:30pm
-A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to meet Election Commission in Kolkata today.
-Mamata Banerjee demands Union home minister’s resignation over firing at Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar.
-Didi does not preside over destiny of people of Bengal, they are not your ‘jagir’ (fiefdom): Modi at poll rally.
-Trinamool claims the four dead in Cooch Behar were party workers.
-North Bengal critical to national security which has been undermined due to appeasement politics: Modi.
-TMC insults Scheduled Castes, says PM Modi, claiming a party leader likened them to beggars.
-Mamata appeals for calm, alleges CRPF opened fire on voters standing in queue.
-The chief minister speaking at at a public meeting, asked Union home minister Amit Shah to explain why five lives were lost in central forces’ firing in Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar district during fourth phase of polling. Claiming she had long apprehended such a situation after watching the “high handedness” of central forces for long, Banerjee said “after killing so many people they (EC) are saying the firing was in self defence. They should feel ashamed. This is a lie.”
-TMC seeks explanation from EC over death of 4 in firing by central forces in Bengal.
-“We are sad to say with deep concern that firing by central forces has left four dead and four injured at Mathabhanga. We also want to say that the central forces are committing crimes and crossing all limits. The EC should come out with an explanation,” TMC Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen said. Sen said when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had pointed to the excesses of the central forces, she was twice issued a showcause notice. “Now, the people of the state want to showcause the EC about how this unfortunate event unfolded,” she said.
-EC adjourns polling at booth in Cooch Behar where violence broke out.
-Commission orders adjourning the poll in Polling Station 125 of Sitalkurchi Assembly Constituency, Cooch Behar based on an interim report from Special Observers. Detailed reports sought from them and Chief Electoral Officer by 5 pm today: Election Commission of India.
-Didi never got angry with ‘tolabaj’ (extortionists) but she’s livid at security forces protecting democratic rights of people: PM Modi.
-PM Modi blames Mamata for instigating people against central forces.
-Didi, this violence, tactics of instigating people to attack the Security Forces, the tactics of obstructing the polling process will not protect you. This violence can’t protect you from the 10 years of your ill-governance: PM Narendra Modi in Siliguri.
-I would like to tell Didi, TMC & their goons clearly that their ways will not be allowed to work in Bengal. I urge the Election Commission to take strict action against the accused of the incident in Cooch Behar: PM Narendra Modi in Siliguri.
-Saddened at what happened in Cooch Behar: PM Modi
-“What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise. Didi & her goons are perturbed, seeing the people’s support for BJP. She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away,” PM in Siliguri said.
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-A group of TMC men had allegedly gheraoed the CISF jawans and were hampering polling at booth no 5/126, where the firing incident took place, as per reports.
-Those injured in Cooch Behar firing being treated at a hospital.
-Cooch Behar: CISF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals, who ‘attempted to snatch their rifles’.
-33.98% voter turnout till 11:30 am.
-Kasba BJP candidate Indranil Khan assaulted at Rajdanga.
-Bomb squad defuses country-made bombs found by police last night in Nanur, Birbhum district.
-16.65% voter turnout recorded till 11:05 am.
-Dola Sen of Trinamool claims deaths in Cooch Behar due to firing by central forces.
-EC has asked for a report from special police observer over the Mathabhanga firing incident.
-Locals claim central forces opened fire.
-4 killed in firing in Mathabhanga, Cooch Behar.
-Media vehicles targeted in Hooghly
-Car of MP and BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee was ransacked at Bandel in Hooghly district.
-Additional force sent to Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar where a voter was killed in firing while standing in queue.
-15.85% voter turnout recorded till 9am in 44 seats where polling is underway for fourth phase.
-“Glad BJP’s taking my clubhouse chat more seriously than words of its leaders. On selective use of part of conversation, urge them to release full conversation,” said Prashant Kishor, poll strategist.
-Prashant Kishore reacts to ‘leaked tapes’
-Kishor purportedly heard saying PM Modi has become a cult to some people and anti-incumbency in Bengal is against the state government, not the Centre.
-Bengal BJP co-observer Amit Malviya tweets a series of audio tapes purportedly containing chats between poll strategist Prashant Kishor and a group of journalists.
-Deceased identified as Ananda Burman (18), a first-time voter; still unclear who fired the shot.
-A voter killed while standing in queue at booth in Sitalkuchi of Coochbehar district, allegedly in firing.
-Long queue of voters in Bhangar, 24 Parganas (S).
-TMC candidate wears helmet to avoid any ‘untoward incident’.
-A security personnel helps a woman voter get to a polling station in Alipurduar.
-Several allegations of obstruction and intimidation from Coochbehar and Howrah.
-Reports of bombs being hurled in Golabari region of North Howrah constituency.
-Following Indranil Khan’s complaint a Trinamool worker has been arrested.
-Khan also claimed houses of BJP supporters were ransacked and party men threatened.
-BJP’s Kasba candidate Indranil Khan was allegedly heckled and stopped from entering booth.
-BJP’s Tollygunj candidate Babool Supriyo claimed that his polling agent was obstructed at a booth.
-Babul Supriyo takes on Didi mantri in Kolkata film hub.
-PM Modi urges people to vote in record numbers.
-People queue up at a polling station in Domjur Assembly constituency in Howrah to exercise their franchise in the fourth phase of elections.
-“57% of voters in my constituency are women and I am banking on them… I appeal to people to come to polling stations and cast votes. Security forces are deployed. I think everything will go very peacefully today,” Payel Sarkar, BJP candidate from Behala East.
-Voting for the fourth phase of West Bengal polls begins, 44 seats across 5 districts in fray.
The Election Commission has posted around 80,000 personnel from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to guard nearly 16,000 polling stations in the fourth phase. The highest deployment of 187 companies of CAPF – with 100 personnel in each company – is in Cooch Behar.
The state of West Bengal is electing its next government in a record eight-phased elections which began last month. Results will be declaired on May 2.