HIGHLIGHTS | Final phase of polling concludes in Assam, five more rounds of 'khela' left in Bengal

Claims and counter-claims of violence including attacks on TMC's Sujata Mondal, Najmul Karim and BJP's Papia Adhikary marred the polling process in Bengal.

Published: 06th April 2021 12:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2021 07:37 PM   |  A+A-

Voters show their ID cards while standing in queues during the 3rd phase of voting for the West Bengal assembly election, in Howrah. (Photo | ANI)

Voters show their ID cards while standing in queues during the 3rd phase of voting for the West Bengal assembly election, in Howrah. (Photo | ANI)

By Online Desk

With sporadic violence on one side and smooth polling on the other, the third phase of Assembly elections in Bengal and Assam concluded with a polling percentage of around 80 per cent. 

Over 79.19 lakh voters exercised their franchise in Assam in the state's final phase of polling.

Meanwhile, five more rounds of 'khela' (games) remain to be played in Bengal. 

First-time voters and celebrities in Assam captured their joy with a picture and shared it across on social media platforms.

ALSO READ | Assam Dy Speaker quizzed, five policemen suspended for firing on crowd during second phase voting

In neighbouring Bengal however, claims and counter-claims of violence including attacks on TMC's Sujata Mondal, Najmul Karim and BJP's Papia Adhikary marred the polling process. 

While CM Mamata Banerjee alleged "blatant misuse" of central forces to "influence voters", PM Modi who campaigned across multiple locations stated that TMC had lost the confidence of its minority vote bank and was staring at what he called an 'impending defeat' for the party.

Residents of 31 constituencies in Bengal headed to the booths today to decide the electoral fate of 205 candidates, only 13 of whom are female. In Assam, 40 constituencies across 12 districts voted with 337 candidates in the fray.

08:56 Apr 6

TN reports 71.79 per cent voter turnout in 2021 State Assembly Elections

07:25 Apr 6

Final phase of polling concludes in Assam with 82.29% turnout; 77.68% in Bengal

06:53 Apr 6

TMC workers didn't let us cast our ballots, claim voters in Diamond Harbour

06:24 Apr 6

Derek O'Brien writes to CEC over sexual assault of minor by CRPF personnel

TMC's Derek O Brien wrote to Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal regarding 'gruesome sexual assault' on a minor girl by CRPF jawan in AC 198-Tarakeshwar, Hooghly.

05:47 Apr 6

Didi heaping abuses on me as she is frustrated over TMC's impending defeat: PM Modi

Maintaining that the TMC dispensation has institutionalised "ease of crime and ease of loot", the prime minister said that a BJP government, instead, will provide people "ease of living and business". (READ MORE)

PM Narendra Modi waves at crowd during an election campaign rally in support of BJP candidates at Dumujola Stadium in Howrah district, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo | PTI)
05:44 Apr 6

Assam, Bengal update

78.94 per cent polling recorded till 5 pm in Assam; Bengal sees voter turnout at 77.68 per cent till 6 pm

05:13 Apr 6

Inked! Assamese celebrities pose for a picture after casting their votes in final phase

Assamese actors Kapil Bora (L) and Prastuti Parashar (R) (Photos | ANI)
05:04 Apr 6

Assam Dy Speaker quizzed, five policemen suspended for firing on crowd during second phase of voting

At least three persons were injured in the firing by the bodyguards of Laskar on April 1 after clashes broke out between supporters of BJP and AIUDF inside a polling station in Sonai constituency. Police sources said Laskar was interrogated twice for several hours during the last 48 hours and his statements have been recorded in front of a magistrate. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

04:48 Apr 6

Actress-turned-BJP candidate Papia Adhikary manhandled by alleged TMC supporters

Papia Adhikary had reportedly gone to a local hospital to visit to an injured BJP worker when alleged TMC supporters started assembling there and attacked her. "The attack took place as soon as I came out of the hospital. The TMC goons attacked me and others who were accompanying me. They were armed with sticks. I have never faced such a situation," Papia said, adding that she will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.

04:07 Apr 6

Visuals from Bengal polling booth where volunteers, journalists allege being pushed out

04:01 Apr 6

Hoogly District Control room monitors polling as third phase of voting underway

03:55 Apr 6

Assam records 68.31 polling percentage till 3 pm; 68.04 per cent in Bengal

People being screened in queues before casting their votes during the 3rd phase of the state assembly election, in Howrah on Tuesday. (Photo | ANI)
03:35 Apr 6

BJP men forcibly occupying booths, attacking TMC candidates: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed BJP activists were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC members, including party candidates, and asserted that she would not get bogged down by such "intimidatory tactics". (READ MORE HERE)

03:27 Apr 6

Ek selfie toh banti hai! First time voter captures her joy with a photo

A first-time voter takes a selfie with family after casting their votes at a polling station, during the third and final phase of Assam Assembly elections, in Guwahati on Tuesday. (Photo | ANI)
03:15 Apr 6

Polls conducted in favour of ruling party here: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on EVMS, VVPAT's found at TMC leader's house

03:01 Apr 6

Joining our live coverage now? Here's all you need to read to catch up!

02:56 Apr 6

All smiles: Himanta Biswa Sarma, wife and son cast their votes

Himanta Biswa Sarma with his wife Riniki Sarma Bhuyan and son Nandil Biswa Sarma shows fingers marked with indelible ink after casting votes at a polling station, during the third phase of Assam Assembly elections, at Amingaon in Kamrup district in Assam. (Photo | PTI)
02:48 Apr 6

Poll violence

The vehicle of a BJP candidate in Falta, South 24 Parganas, was attacked by alleged TMC supporters.

02:41 Apr 6

Polling underway peacefully in Assam, booths showcase different themes

Many polling centres were decorated with recyclable items, having art installations made with bottles, plastic wrappers, etc. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:35 Apr 6

BJP's Cooch Behar rally a 'flop show': TMC tweets video of turnout at PM Modi's campaign

02:13 Apr 6

Muslims have distanced themselves from TMC, you've lost your minority vote bank: PM Modi in Cooch Behar

02:04 Apr 6

Voting in the times of COVID

Voters in Assam pose before wall art dedicated to COVID warriors after casting their vote. (Photo | Express)
01:56 Apr 6

Bengal sees voter turnout of 53.89 per cent, Assam records 53.23 per cent till 1 pm

01:50 Apr 6

Sujata Mondal's personal security officer sustained major injuries, in critical state: Derek O'Brien writes to EC

01:27 Apr 6

A Bihu-themed polling station in 38 Goalpara West constituency

Bihu-themed Ambari model polling station under 38 Goalpara West constituency generates enthusiasm among voters.

01:16 Apr 6

Sporadic violence reported in third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported on Tuesday in some areas where voting is underway in the third phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, even as the overall situation by and large remained peaceful with 34.71 per cent turnout recorded till 11 am, officials said.


12:59 Apr 6

Congress, allies hold edge in minority-heavy lower Assam

The Congress-led grand alliance appears to have an edge over the BJP-led ruling alliance in the 40 constituencies where the third and final phase of Assam elections will be held on Tuesday. These seats are spread across lower Assam.

In the 2016 elections in these seats, BJP and Congress had won 11 each. Bengali-speaking Muslims, considered to be the vote bank of Congress and the minority-based AIUDF, are large majorities in several of these seats.


12:42 Apr 6

TMC candidate for Arambag Sujata Khan chased by alleged BJP supporters

TMC candidate from Arambag complained of being manhandled and chased away by alleged BJP supporters

12:40 Apr 6

Forces help senior citizens in Assam reach polling centre

An 80-plus women voter is helped by the armed forces to cast her vote at Assam's Chaygaon assembly constituency.

12:36 Apr 6

ITBP jawans help a physically-challenged voter reach a polling booth in Hoogly rural district

12:29 Apr 6

Assam has recorded 2813 Model Code of Conduct violations since the announcement of polling dates

12:23 Apr 6

Uluberia EVM seizure: Howrah district election officer suspends three officials for gross violation of ECI guidelines

12:12 Apr 6

One SI, three home guard personnel suspended for failing in poll duty in Howrah district

12:05 Apr 6

Clash erupts between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters in Arambag

11:54 Apr 6

West Bengal sees voter turnout of 34.71 per cent, Assam records 33.18 per cent till 11 am

While Assam witnesses 33.18 per cent voter turnout in 40 assembly seats where polling is underway for last phase, West Bengal recorded 34.71 per cent of turnout in 31 seats till 11 am.

11:36 Apr 6

Expecting to win on 22 out of 40 seats in this phase of election: Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

11:30 Apr 6

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma casts his vote at Amingaon

10:59 Apr 6

Another TMC attempt in election rigging has been exposed: Prakash Javadekar on Uluberia EVM seizure

10:57 Apr 6

ITBP troops help senior citizens in remote areas of West Bengal to reach polling booths

10:40 Apr 6

Assam polls: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi slams 'irresponsible' EC, BJP's negative politics

10:33 Apr 6

Our workers were beaten, central forces telling people to vote for BJP: Arambagh TMC candidate Sujata Mondal

10:14 Apr 6

West Bengal polls: BJP worker's mother killed by TMC goons in Goghat, alleges Tathagata Roy

09:58 Apr 6

Assam sees voter turnout of 12.83 per cent, West Bengal records 14.62 per cent till 9 am

While Assam witnesses 12.83 per cent voter turnout in 40 assembly seats where polling is underway for last phase, West Bengal recorded 14.62 per cent of turnout in 31 seats till 9 am.

09:50 Apr 6

Trinamool Congress camp office allegedly ransacked by BJP supporters in South 24 Parganas

09:26 Apr 6

TMC goons not allowing people to cast their votes at booth no 180: Diamond Harbour BJP candidate

09:25 Apr 6

All allegations by BJP are false, South 24 Parganas voters are with Mamata Banerjee: TMC MLA Saokat Molla

09:18 Apr 6

Four model polling stations set up in Assam's Goalpara

Four model Polling Stations have been set up - one per constituency - each with a unique theme generating a lot of enthusiasm amongst our voters in Assam's Goalpara.


09:07 Apr 6
08:40 Apr 6

West Bengal's Uluberia Uttar constituency section officer accused of violating EC orders, suspended

08:34 Apr 6
08:27 Apr 6

An overview of constituencies going under polls on Tuesday

While Assam is having its last phase of polling, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress is dominating most constituencies.

07:59 Apr 6

BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Dipak Haldar casts his vote

07:27 Apr 6
07:22 Apr 6

Third phase of polling begins in Assam


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