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HIGHLIGHTS| First phase of Assembly election concludes in Assam and West Bengal

In Bengal, thirty seats went to the polls in the first phase and include all constituencies in Purulia and Jhargram and some constituencies from Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur.

Published: 01st January 1970 05:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2021 07:03 PM   |  A+A-

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Voters show their inked fingers after casting their ballots. (Photo|ANI)

By Online Desk

The first phase of elections in two of the states -- West Bengal and Assam -- kicked off on Saturday.

In West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are seeking to outdo each other in poll promises and campaign rhetoric.

Thirty seats went to the polls in the first phase (of an eight-phase election!) and include all constituencies in Purulia and Jhargram and some constituencies from Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur. At stake, the electoral fate of 191 candidates, including 21 women.

In neighbouring Assam, 47 constituencies voted in the first phase of a three-phased assembly election.

A total of 81,09,815 people were eligible for voting, out of which 40,77,210 are male voters, 40,32,481 are female voters and 114 are third gender voters. There are 264 candidates (241 male and 23 female candidates) in the fray for the first phase.

The polling in the first phase was conducted in 11,537 polling stations, out of which 9,620 are main polling stations and 1,917 auxiliary polling stations.

West Bengal

Is the Trinamool losing the narrative to the BJP? After travelling for almost 13,000 km in the state from October 2020 to December 2020 and covering all constituencies in the state, this is what political analyst Sajjan Kumar found.

Assam

From Assam, Khogen Singh writes about Fear, loathing and emergence of new minority politics in poll-bound Assam. A teacher tells him why this time (unlike earlier) the Muslims and Christians will not vote for the BJP.

03:30 pm Mar 27

Violation of poll code: Mamata attacks Modi on his Bangladesh visit

Sharpening attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "elections are underway here and he goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of code of conduct of the election".

06:46 pm Mar 27

First phase of polling concludes in Assam

06:22 pm Mar 27

TMC, BJP workers clash in Nandigram, 3 injured

A clash broke out on Saturday between activists of the BJP and the TMC in Purba Medinipur's Nandigram constituency -- which is set to go to polls on April 1 -- leaving at least three persons seriously injured, a senior police officer here said. (READ MORE)

06:12 pm Mar 27

West Bengal turnout

79.79 per cent of polling has been reported till 5 PM in West Bengal.

05:53 pm Mar 27

BJP has acceded defeat in Assam, claims Kharge

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, claimed on Saturday that the BJP has acceded defeat in Assam and throughout the campaign, the ruling party tried to evade questions related to its performance in the last five years.

05:42 pm Mar 27

Assam turnout

Assam recorded 72. 10 per cent voter turnout during the first phase of election till 5PM.

04:34 pm Mar 27

Mamata called seeking help, alleges Nandigram BJP leader

BJP District Vice President in Nandigram Proloy Pal claimed on Saturday that Banerjee called him and sought his help in the election. Later on, the saffron party released an audio of a conversation between Pal and Banerjee. (READ MORE)

03:33 pm Mar 27

The importance of a village 180 km from Dhaka

In a bid to woo the Matuas in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited their most sacred shrine in Bangladesh. Perhaps for the first time in the history of an Indian election that a leader has used foreign soil in an attempt to secure his party's vote bank.

(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:09 pm Mar 27

Assam and Bengal turnout

Assam and West Bengal recorded 62.09 per cent and 70.2 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm respectively, according to the Election Commission of India.

02:52 pm Mar 27

WATCH| Voters queue up early in Bengal to avoid violence

02:33 pm Mar 27

People want Congress back in Assam: Ripun Bora

"The way the people of Gohpur have come out spontaneously, it is a clear signal that people want change and wants Congress this time," Bora said. The Assam Congress Chief Bora, along with his family, cast his vote at a polling booth in the Gohpur district.

02:29 pm Mar 27

TMC writes to Election Commission

A Trinamool Congress delegation urged the Election Commission to bring back the rule which enjoined upon political parties to appoint only people, registered as voters in an assembly segment where an election booth was located, as polling agents for that booth. (READ MORE)

02:01 pm Mar 27

Assam turnout

Assam recorded a 37.06 per cent turnout till 1 pm across 47 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the state assembly polls.

01:59 pm Mar 27

Assam Congress President Ripun Bora casts his vote

(Photo| ANI)

01:54 pm Mar 27

Turnout in Bengal

In West Bengal, 54.90 per cent turnout has been recorded till 1 PM.

01:30 pm Mar 27

Dilip Ghosh rubbishes TMC's poll rigging allegations

"Trinamool Congress (TMC) is losing, which is why they are coming up with false narratives. They can go to the Election Commission or the central forces for resolving such problems, but they choose to make accusations," he said after he cast his vote.

01:25 pm Mar 27

People of Assam now know that CAA-NRC won't affect them: CM Sonowal

Congress and other parties are only seen in the media but BJP and its allies are the ones working on the ground, Sarbananda Sonowal said. The people of Assam now know that CAA-NRC will not affect them and my aim is to make the BJP government in the state again, he said.

01:23 pm Mar 27

Dilip Ghosh casts vote

01:09 pm Mar 27

Soumendu isn't injured in attack: Dibyendu Adhikari

12:34 pm Mar 27

TMC tweets

12:18 pm Mar 27

A voter at a booth at Assam's Nazira

11:34 am Mar 27

Assam update

The Charaideo constituency in the state has witnessed the highest voting percentage till now with 32.40 per cent turnout, while the Gohpur constituency witnessed the lowest voting percentage with a 16.35 per cent turnout.

11:32 am Mar 27

First voters in many Assam booths were greeted with saplings

11:30 am Mar 27

Derek O'Brien writes to EC

"Voter turnout for ACs Kanthi Dakshin (216)&Kanthi Uttar (213) at 9:13 am was 18.47%&18.95% respectively, 4 mins later at 9:17 am voter turnout reduced to 10.60%&9:40%. Such discrepancy raises question on the genuineness of data issued by EC," he stated.

11:29 am Mar 27

Voter turnout update

11:25 am Mar 27

CM Sarbananda Sonowal casts vote

11:23 am Mar 27

Gaurav Gogoi casts vote

11:06 am Mar 27

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal offers prayers at Boga Baba Mazaar

11:05 am Mar 27

The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fate of 191 candidates

10:33 am Mar 27

Two security personnel injured in bombing, firing

10:31 am Mar 27

BJP alleges political murder as man found dead

A man, in his mid-30s, was found dead in Keshiary's Begumpur area in the Paschim Medinipur district in the morning, police said. He has been identified as Mangal Soren, they said, adding that his body was found outside his home. The BJP claimed that Soren was their supporter and was allegedly killed by TMC "goons", a charge rubbished by the ruling party.

10:28 am Mar 27

Vote for progress, golden future of Assam: Priyanka Gandhi

"Today, the first phase of polling is being held in Assam. I appeal to the people of Assam, especially the youth and my sisters, to go to the polling booths today and vote in large numbers," Priyanka Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi.

10:03 am Mar 27

CPM candidate's vehicle attacked

09:50 am Mar 27

Polling suspended in East Midnapore booth

Polling in a booth in Contain South Constituency in East Midnapore is suspended as a section of voters alleged they voted for TMC but the VVPAT shows it was in favour of BJP. However, the presiding officer denied the allegation.

09:46 am Mar 27

Voter turnout update

09:46 am Mar 27

TMC MPs to meet West Bengal CEO

A delegation of TMC MPs to meet West Bengal CEO today at 12 noon to "raise some serious concerns", as voting for the first phase is underway.

09:27 am Mar 27

Bengal's daughter will defeat traitor: Derek

09:22 am Mar 27

How many people are voting in Assam today?

A total of 8,109,815 voters, including 4,032,481 females, are eligible to cast their votes across 11,537 polling stations mostly covering the eastern Assam's 14 districts.

09:19 am Mar 27

CM Mamata tweets!

09:05 am Mar 27

Himanta Biswa Sarma urges people to vote for prosperity of Assam

"Today is a glorious day when you get an opportunity to exercise your democratic right of casting your vote. Please do go out in large numbers. Your vote will ensure the progress, development and prosperity of Assam," the state health minister tweeted.

08:59 am Mar 27

Suvendu Adhikari writes to Election Commission

08:47 am Mar 27

Covid protocol strictly followed

08:45 am Mar 27

Vote fearlessly: Amit Shah urges voters

Shah tweeted: "I appeal to voters of the first phase to vote in record numbers fearlessly to restore the pride of Bengal."

"Your one vote will create Bengal as imagined by great men like Subhash Chandra Bose, Gurudev Tagore and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee," he added.

"Today is the first phase of polling in Assam. I appeal to all brothers and sisters, especially the youth, to vote in large numbers to maintain peace, development and prosperity in the state. Your participation in this festival of democracy is the main pillar of the progress of Assam, so please vote," he said.

08:39 am Mar 27

Nadda urges voters to ensure participation while following norms

"Today is the first phase of polling in the West Bengal assembly elections. Your vote will decide the future for you and the state. I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy by taking all precautions against COVID-19. Remember, first vote, then breakfast," the BJP chief tweeted.

08:34 am Mar 27

TMC workers are trying to create trouble: BJP candidate

Samit Das, BJP candidate from West Midnapore, alleged that TMC workers are trying to create a disturbance in some areas as voting underway smoothly in Midnapore town. TMC workers entered booth no. 266 & 267 to influence the voters and the EC has been notified, he said.

08:28 am Mar 27

BJP candidate from West Midnapore Samit Das casts vote

08:14 am Mar 27

Social distancing ensured at polling centres

08:14 am Mar 27

WATCH | A significant turnout was seen at several Assam booths

08:05 am Mar 27

Purulia: Vehicle on poll duty catches fire

A vehicle caught fire under mysterious circumstances as it was returning after delivering food to polling workers in Purulia on Friday night ahead of the first phase of polling, here in West Bengal. The driver has been taken for questioning by the police and further details are awaited.

07:51 am Mar 27

PM asks people to vote in record numbers

"The first phase of elections begin in Assam. Urging those eligible to vote in record numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote.

"Today, Phase 1 of the West Bengal Assembly elections begin. I would request all those who are voters in the seats polling today to exercise their franchise in record numbers," he tweeted.

07:50 am Mar 27

A long queue of voters at a polling centre in Assam

07:40 am Mar 27

Which way will the Muslim votes swing?

07:31 am Mar 27

ECI tweets

07:30 am Mar 27

Fearing heat, violence later, voters are showing up early in large numbers

07:19 am Mar 27

Long queues outside many stations

Long queues were seen outside many booths even before polling began with people stepping out early to avoid the sweltering heat, besides the uncertainty of being able to cast their votes in case of violence later in the day.

07:18 am Mar 27

Bengal polls: Four points to remember

  • The elections are being held following COVID-19 guidelines in all nine seats in Purulia, four in Bankura, four in Jhargram and six in Paschim Medinipur, besides the seven seats in high-stakes Purba Medinipur -- the home turf of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.
     
  • The elections, which will continue till 6 pm, are being held amid tight security with the Election Commission deploying around 730 companies of central forces, guarding 10,288 polling booths housed in 7,061 premises, officials said.
     
  • Each company of the central forces consists of 100 personnel, they said.
     
  • Besides, 22,092 state police personnel have also been deployed at strategic locations, they added.
07:09 am Mar 27

People of West Bengal cast their votes

07:08 am Mar 27

Polling begins

Polling begins for 30 seats in the first phase of West Bengal elections amid tight security, where over 73 lakh voters are to decide the fate of 191 candidates.

03:07 am Mar 27

Assam polls: State Congress chief Ripun Bora's assets rose by Rs 8.89 lakh since 2016

With a total worth of nearly Rs one crore, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora's asset value has risen by Rs 8. 89 lakh compared to what it was when he had contested the Rajya Sabha elections in 2016. Bora, who is fighting the assembly elections from Gohpur seat, has in his affidavit declared assets worth Rs 98,22, 857, including land, residential accommodation, bank deposits and gold. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:59 am Mar 27

BJP has become 'Borrowed Janata Party', Trinamool's victory will herald change in 2024: Yashwant Sinha

Noting that BJP doesn't have a credible face to counter Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and is dependent on outsiders "Shah-Modi", Sinha said the desperation to win Bengal is driven by the fact that it has slim chances of winning polls in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory Puducherry and a victory in Assam, where it is in power, won't be a big prize. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:52 am Mar 27

SC stays HC order reviving criminal cases against Mamata's election agent

A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Krishna Murari said, "Since the order which affects the petitioner (election agent) herein was passed without hearing him, we deem it appropriate to pass an interim order staying the operation of the order dated March 5, 2021". (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:37 am Mar 27

In poll-bound Bengal, Owaisi to address a rally on Saturday

02:35 am Mar 27

BJP complains to EC over Trinamool candidate 'distributing cash' among voters

In a letter to the poll panel, the saffron party attached links of the video, released on Friday, which showed an ex-minister and a TMC candidate from Purulia purportedly distributing cash among the voters. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:31 am Mar 27

Trinamool Workers injured in a blast at Bankura

02:30 am Mar 27

EC vehicle set ablaze in West Bengal hours before first phase of assembly polls

The vehicle was reportedly on its way back after dropping election officials at a polling station, when it was set on fire at Tulsidi village in the once-Maoist-affected 'Jangalmahal' belt of the state, they said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:22 am Mar 27

BJP providing shelter to criminals in Purba Medinipur, Trinamool tells EC

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O' Brien and Lok Sabha MP Kakali Ghosh Dastidar told reporters they have several reports about "miscreants being brought to Purba Medinipur from neighbouring districts and Kolkata ahead of the polls". (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:20 am Mar 27

Latest scenes from Purba Medinipur

02:17 am Mar 27

Left Front, ISF urge EC to ensure Bengal hotels are not occupied by 'outsiders'

"We have seen hotels and guest houses are still being occupied by outsiders, including BJP leaders, in areas of the five districts where polling will take place in the first phase on March 27," CPI(M) leader Robin Dev told reporters in Kolkata. (READ FULL STORY HERE)


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