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West Bengal Assembly Elections Phase 6 ENDs ; 79.04% voter turnout records till 5 pm

By Priyanka Verma 
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West Bengal Assembly Elections Phase 6 ENDs ; 79.04% voter turnout records till 5 pm

West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates: Expressing anguish over non-adherence to Covid norms in political rallies in West Bengal, the Election Commission Thursday ordered a complete ban on physical campaigning, including roadshows and cycle/bike/vehicle rallies.

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Voter turnout in West Bengal climbed up to 79.09% at 5 pm on Thursday, data put out by the Election Commission of India showed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he will skip his visit to poll-bound West Bengal on Friday as he would be chairing a high-level meeting on the prevailing Covid situation.

The sixth phase of polls kicked off in West Bengal at 7 am on Thursday. Polling is being conducted at 14,480 polling stations in 43 Assembly constituencies across parts of North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Uttar Dinajpur and Purba Bardhaman.Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence in the previous phases, particularly the death of five people in Cooch Behar in the fourth phase of polling on April 10, an Election Commission official said.

Among the 306 candidates whose political fate will be decided during this phase are heavyweights such as Bharatiya Janata Party’s national vice-president Mukul Roy, Trinamool Congress ministers Jyotipriyo Mallick and Chandrima Bhattacharya, and CPI(M) leader Tanmay Bhattacharya. Also among the prominent names are film director Raj Chakraborty and actor Koushani Mukherjee, who are TMC’s candidates from the Barrackpore and the Krishnanagar North constituencies respectively.

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The sixth phase of polls is being held in the midst of an unprecedented Covid-19 surge. West Bengal registered its highest-ever single-day spike, with 9,819 people testing positive. A total of 2.95 lakh Covid cases 2,023 deaths were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.

West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates: Sixth phase of polling today in 43 Assembly constituencies; voting held amid unprecedented Covid-19 surge in India.

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates: EC bans physical campaigning in Bengal

Election Commission restricts campaigning in Bengal, only public meetings with 500 people allowed amid rising Covid cases.

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates:Over 79 Per Cent Turnout Recorded Till 5 PM

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The sixth phase of the West Bengal assembly election held on Thursday for 43 seats recorded a voter turnout of 79.09 per cent till 5 pm, the Election Commission (EC) said.

A total of 7,466 out of the 14,480 polling stations across the constituencies were monitored live through webcasting, even as drones were used to keep a watch over the vote proceedings, the EC said in a statement.

During the ongoing elections in West Bengal, a record seizure of ₹ 316.47 crore has already been reported till Thursday.

It includes seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics, freebies, and it is over seven times the total seizure of ₹ 44.33 crore made in the 2016 assembly polls, the statement said.

A total of 14,480 Ballot Units (BUs), and as many Control Units (CUs) and VVPATs were used during this phase.

“Non-functioning rate of EVMs and VVPATs during the poll is comparable to what was experienced in the last few polls,” the statement said. A CU, at least one BU and a VVPAT makes for one EVM.

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates: 79.09 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in 43 seats where polling is underway in sixth phase.

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PM Modi cancels tomorrow’s rally in West Bengal

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Bombs hurled in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, six injured

At least six persons, including a child, sustained splinter injuries in the North 24 Pargana district’s Titagarh assembly constituency after bombs were hurled indiscriminately on Thursday afternoon amid the voting exercise for the sixth phase of polls, a police officer said.

A huge team of police personnel and CAPF jawans were rushed to the area following the incident, the officer said.

A preliminary probe has revealed that unidentified persons, wearing masks, hurled several crude bombs near Tat Gate in Titagarh, he said.

“The injured are undergoing treatment at BN Bos hospital. We are looking into the matter,” the officer added. (PTI)

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Modi govt has enough money but would not provide vaccines free of cost: Mamata Banerjee

Asserting that the Centre should not allow differential pricing of COVID-19 vaccines, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said people should be able to avail the shots free of cost.

Banerjee, during a rally in Tapan, claimed that the Narendra Modi government, despite having enough money in its coffers, is “reluctant” to provide vaccines free of cost.

Pointing out that Covishield is priced at Rs 150 for the Centre, Rs 400 for states and Rs 600 for private hospitals, the TMC supremo said, “Is it a joke? Why is that one vaccine is is being sold at different rates? Vaccines should not be commercialised.

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates:West Bengal records 70.42% voter turnout recorded till 3:40pm.

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates:57.30% voter turnout recorded till 1:28 pm

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Won’t let Bengal go into the hands of two goons from Delhi: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a rally in South Dinajpur on Saturday said she is a veteran in politics and will not allow Bengal to go into the hands of “two goons” from Delhi. (ANI)

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates:Stray violence marks 6th phase of Bengal polls

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates:37.27% voter turnout recorded till 11am in the sixth phase of assembly elections.

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Polling underway in Chopra, North Dinajpur during the sixth phase of West Bengal assembly elections.

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Amit Shah urges people to cast votes without fear

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Drone being used for security surveillance in the area near booth number 131-132 in Amdanga, North 24 Paraganas

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ITBP troops guarding polling booths in Katwa, Purba Bardhaman District during the sixth phase of voting

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West Bengal Elections 2021 Live Updates: 17.19% voter turnout recorded till 9.30am in the sixth phase of assembly elections

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BJP candidate from Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, Krishna Kalyani casts his vote at booth number 134.

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Voting is underway at booth number 134 – at Raiganj Coronation High School – in Uttar Dinajpur. The voting could not begin on time at 7 am, due to technical issues.

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Mukul Roy casts his vote at Kanchrapara

BJP national vice president Mukul Roy casts his vote at booth number 141 at Kanchrapara Municipal Polytechnic High School in North 24 Parganas district. He is among the 306 candidates contesting in the sixth phase of the Bengal Assembly elections today. Roy is running from the Krishnanagar Uttar seat in Nadia district against actor Koushani Mukherjee — his former party Trinamool’s candidate — and the Congress’s Sylvie Saha. (ANI)

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People queue up to cast their vote for the sixth phase of West Bengal polls.Visual from booth number 175 in Islampur, Uttar Dinajpur district.

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TMC and BJP are contesting all 43 seats. Out of the 43 seats in this round, Congress has got 12 in its share, CPI(M) got 23, All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) got four and CPI has got two seats. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is also trying its luck and has fielded 37 candidates.

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PM Modi urged those whose seats are polling to exercise their franchise.

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BJP’s Bengal vice president Arjun Singh, son cast their vote

West Bengal BJP vice president Arjun Singh casts his vote at booth number 144 in Jagatdal of North 24 Parganas. His son and party’s candidate from Bhatpara, Pawan Singh, also exercises his franchise. (ANI)

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In this phase election will be conducted in nine constituencies each in North Dinajpur and Nadia districts, 17 in North 24 Parganas and eight in East Burdwan where 10,409,948 electorate will decide the fate of 306 candidates among which 27 candidates are female.

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Voting starts across 43 constituencies in Bengal

Polling kicks off across the 43 constituencies in Bengal with queues already starting to appear in many areas, like Jagatdal in the 24 parganas.

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People start queueing up at poll booths in Jagatdal as voting starts at 7 am

People queue up outside polling station 116 in Jagatdal constituency, North 24 Parganas, as voting for the sixth phase of the elections commences at 7 am today.

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West Bengal: People form queues outside polling station number 205 in Jagatdal constituency.

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West Bengal: Preparations underway at a polling booth in Kanchrapara, ahead of voting for the sixth phase of the state assembly today.

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West Bengal: Election officials conduct a mock poll at a pink polling booth in Raiganj.

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West Bengal: Preparations underway at a polling booth in Jagatdal constituency, ahead of voting for the sixth phase of election.

The poll panel has decided to deploy at least 1,071 companies of central forces during the sixth phase of polls, an Election Commission official told PTI. These elaborate arrangements have been put in place following five deaths, including four who were killed after security forces opened fire in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polls on April 10. The deaths triggered a bitter war of words between TMC and BJP, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee calling for Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing her of “playing politics over dead bodies”.

Mamata Banerjee, during her recent campaigns, and poll strategist Prashant Kishor have both accused the Modi government of “mishandling” the Covid crisis. However, in a recent interview, Amit Shah said there is no relation between the ongoing polls and the current spike in Covid cases.

Both the TMC and the BJP have pitched hard to gain the confidence of Matuas, who make for a large chunk of the state’s Scheduled Caste population, in most of the 17 assembly segments going to polls in this phase in North 24 Parganas district and some of the nine seats in Nadia.

Apart from these constituencies, elections will be held in nine seats in Uttar Dinajpur district and eight in Purba Bardhaman.

Prominent names in the sixth phase of the assembly polls include BJP’s national vice president Mukul Roy, TMC ministers Jyotipriyo Mallick and Chandrima Bhattacharya and CPI(M) leader Tanmay Bhattacharya.

The political fate of film director Raj Chakraborty and actor Koushani Mukherjee, who are the TMC’s candidates from the Barrackpore and the Krishnanagar North constituencies respectively, will also be decided in this phase.

Elections have been held in 180 constituencies across West Bengal so far, and the remaining 114 seats are set to go to polls between April 22 and 29. Counting of votes will be held on May 2.

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