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West Bengal Assembly Phase-2 polls LIVE: Mamata slams EC over ‘inactivity’ to curb poll violence

By Saima Siddiqui 
Updated Date

Kolkata: The West Bengal is contesting elections for its 294 assembly seats in eight phases. The second phase of which is being fought today on April 1 amid tight security, will decide the fate of 191 candidates in 30 constituencies. The political battle in the Bengal is likely to see more than 75 lakh voters, with the high-profile Nandigram seat from where current state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is running for the third successive term as chief minister, is contesting against her former aide and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.

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The Polling began at 7 am with long queues bustling outside polling stations to vote their favourite candidate. The voting will continue till 6.30 pm.

Even though, the Election Commission has declared all the 10,620 polling booths as sensitive and deployed around 651 companies of central forces, apart from the state police, to provide security,  incidents of violence were reported in some areas as house of a TMC booth agent was allegedly ransacked, another was ‘forced to return home’, a Trinamool worker was reportedly hacked to death in West Midnapore and polling agents were heckled in booth number 14 of Nandigram.

A total of 210 companies of central armed police forces have been deployed in Paschim Medinipur, 199 in Purba Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura, the officials said.

West Bengal Assembly election 2021 News LIVE Updates:

15:30 (IST)

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-Heavy security deployed at polling booths in Bengal

-Security arrangements by CAPFs today at polling booths and adjoining areas during second phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections.

15:26 (IST)

Polling percentage at 3pm in West Bengal recorded 60.97 %.

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15:16 (IST)

-Mamata slams EC for inaction on poll complaints, threatens to move court

-Amid incidents of sporadic violence in the high stake Nandigram constituency, CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the poll body for its “inaction” despite her party workers lodging several poll related complaints. She also threatened the commission to move the law courts over it. “We have lodged 63 complaints since morning. But no action has been taken. We will move court over it. This is unacceptable,” the chief minister said sitting in a wheelchair outside booth 7 in Boyal in Nandigram. “The EC is working on the instructions of Amit Shah,” she alleged.

14:50 (IST)

-West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee speaks to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, complaining about the ruckus and how voters are being forcefully denied from casting their votes in Nandigram.

14:33 (IST)

-Goons from other states causing ruckus: Mamata

-Visiting a polling booth in Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says, “goons from other states creating ruckus here. People who are raising slogans are outsiders. They came from Bihar and UP, they are being protected by Central Forces.”

14:06 (IST)

-Mamata in Nandigram, alleges ‘CRPF jawans preventing voters from casting votes’,

 –West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting polls from Nandigram, alleged that the CRPF is not allowing voters to go inside the centres to cast their votes, after taking a stock of the security situation at polling booths at her constituency.

13:26 (IST)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram assembly constituency.

13:05 (IST)

-The high stake Nandigram seat, in the second phase of Bengal Assembly elections recorded a high voter turnout of 37.4 per cent till 11 am. Though the situation was tense in a few areas with a sporadic skirmishes reported, tight security cover averted any major incidents.

11:24 (IST)

– Around 29.27% voter turnout recorded till 11.17 am in the second phase of polling in West Bengal, as per Election Commission of India report.

11:02 (IST)

-BJP worker found dead at his home in Nandigram

-A BJP worker, Uday Dubey, was found hanging at his home in Nandigram in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district on Thursday, triggering tension in the area, police said.

10:55 (IST)

– West Bengal assembly election phase-2 violence: A woman polling agent of BJP at booth no.173 in Keshpur beaten up allegedly by TMC workers today. Local BJP leader Tanmay Ghosh’s car vandalised


09:57 (IST)

-Voters stand in a long queue in Nandigram as the second phase of Bengal assembly elections is underway.

9:54 (IST)

Ruckus near a polling booth in Debra, where BJP’s Bharti Ghosh and TMC’s Humayun Kabir are contesting from, despite the security forces’ presence. Voters say, “Parties called goons from outside. We’re locals, why will we create unrest? Candidate brought people here, she wants to create issue.”

9:29 (IST)

Mamata to stay the night in Nandigram today

-CM Mamata Banerjee, who was supposed to leave Nandigram for North Bengal during the second half of the day, has reportedly changed her schedule. As per fresh reports, she will now stay put in Nandigram for the night and travel to North Bengal tomorrow morning. The sudden change in her schedule is perceptively to boost morale of TMC workers in Nandigram in anticipation of the day ahead.

09:25 (IST)

– Voting underway at booth number 337 at Surya Kumar High School in Silchar.

TMC and BJP are contesting in all the 30 seats, while CPI(M) is in the fray in 15 and its alliance partners in the Sanjukta Morcha the Congress and ISF are fighting in 13 and two seats respectively.

09:08 (IST)

-EVM malfunctions reported in Bormonipur primary school polling booth at Morigaon district. Voting yet to begin.

09:08 (IST)

-Former MoS Railways and BJP leader Rajen Gohain casts his vote at a polling booth in Nagaon. He says, “BJP will get over 35 seats out of the total 47 in the 1st phase. In the second phase too, we’ll get many seats. BJP will undoubtedly form the govt with more than 75 seats.”


08:56 (IST)

-An elderly voter showing her inked finger after casting vote in Nandigram.

08:38 (IST)

-EVM Snag reported in Assam

EVM malfunctions reported at two polling centres in Hojai and Nilbagan. Voting yet to commence there.

08:29 (IST)

-BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari says, “I appeal to people to come out in large numbers to cast their vote as the whole country is looking at Nandigram. People are waiting to see if development or politics of appeasement will win here.”

08:20 (IST)

-BJP workers are threatening and not letting people cast their vote: Voters

-In Purba (East) Medinipur, at booth numbers 247 and 248 in Nandigram, locals allege that BJP workers are threatening them and not letting them cast their vote.

07:58 (IST)

BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari on his way to a polling booth in the assembly constituency. He says, “Voting is underway, the situation is under control. People are hoping for development.”

07:45 (IST)

Issues faced different booths

-District- Purbo Medinipur

Booth no – 226

Issue – BJP workers have ransacked the house of TMC BLA and threatened him as well

-District- Purbo Medinipur

Booth no – 231,232

Issue – BJP worker Sukumar Jaana, Bisthu Gautam Mondal, Mohan Das and Nantu Mondal have threatened TMC BLA and are pressuring him to leave the booth

-District- Purbo Medinipur

Booth no – 241

Issue – TMC BLA was beaten up by BJP workers and was forced to return to his house. The booth is unmanned

-District – Purba Medinipur

Booth no- 248

Issue – BJP workers are not allowing the voters cast their vote.

07:32 (IST)

Voting for the second phase of Assam Assembly Polls underway. Visuals from polling station 146-148 in Silchar.

07:30 (IST)

-Voters starts to pour in outside the polling booth number 110 in Nandigram.

07:28 (IST)

-Trinamool Congress worker hacked to death

Hours before voting began in Bengal for assembly elections phase two, a Trinamool Congress worker, Uttam Golui, was hacked to death in Keshpur, West Midnapore outside the TMC party office. The party has accused the rival BJP of murdering Golui.

07:22 (IST)

-Voting begins at booth number 137 in Bankura, for the second phase of polling for Assembly elections.

Voting is underway with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols in nine seats each in Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts, eight in Bankura and four in South 24 Parganas.

The elections for the 294 assembly seats in West Bengal are being held in eight phases. The votes will be counted on May 2.

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