West Bengal Polls LIVE: Chaos, violence cloud voting; 80% turnout till 5 pm

West Bengal Assembly election
West Bengal election 2021: After three months of a relentless, high-pitch campaign by both West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the party months before the election, a polarised Nandigram will cast its vote today along with 29 other constituencies in the 2nd phase of West Bengal election 2021.

Phase 2 polling is underway and 72 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm, according to EC.

Districts going to polls in Phase 2 include 24 Parganas Part-1, Bankura Part-2, Paschim Midnapore Part-2, and East. The voting will end at 6 pm. More than 75 lakh voters will decide the fate of 191 candidates.

TMC and BJP are contesting in all the 30 seats while CPM is in the fray in 15 and its alliance partners of Sanjukta Morcha — the Congress and ISF — are competing in 13 and two seats, respectively.

Stay tuned for LIVE updates on West Bengal election 2021.

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Second phase polls: 80.53% turnout in Bengal, 73.03% in Assam till 5 pm

Assam recorded a voter turnout of 73.03 per cent on Thursday, while the figure stood at 80.53 per cent for West Bengal in the second phase of assembly polls in the two states.
 
The Election Commission said these figures were till 5 pm.
 
The second phase of polls in the two states were held peacefully across 21,212 polling stations spread over 69 assembly constituencies, it said.
 
"The voter turnout reported by 5 pm from the 39 assembly constituencies of phase 2 in Assam is 73.03 per cent. The poll percentage reported from the 30 assembly constituencies of phase 2 in West Bengal is 80.43 per cent as of 5 pm," the Commission said in a statement.
 
It said the "non-functioning rate" of electronic voting machines during the poll is lesser than experienced in last few polls.
 
During this phase, a total of 10,620 ballot units, and an equal number of control units and VVPATs were used in West Bengal.
 
In Assam, 10,819 ballot units, 10,592 control units and as many VVPATs were used.
 
One control unit, at least one ballot unit and one VVPAT form one EVM.
 
The poll panel later said 55 ballot units, 54 control units and 169 VVPATs were replaced in Assam during polling.
 
In West Bengal, 43 BUs and CUs each were replaced. A total of 192 VVPATs were replaced during polling on Thursday.
 
During the ongoing elections till second phase, a record seizure of Rs. 366.09 crore have been made from both the states.
 
The seizure figure, which includes cash, liquor, narcotics and freebies, is more than six times the total combined seizure of Rs 60.91 crore in assembly elections of 2016, the statement said.
 
A total number of 1,306 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the cVIGIL app from Assam out of which 927 were disposed as of 4.30 pm.
 
Similarly, 14,499 cases were reported from West Bengal with 11,630 being disposed till 4.30 pm.
 

Mamata's missive in line with our call for opposition unity on national issues: Cong

After TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee stressed for opposition unity, the Congress on Thursday said it is in line with its call for the opposition coming together on key national issues and in saving the Constitution and the country's institutions.
 
Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said all parties should together stop the attack on the Constitution and downgrading of the institutions.
 
"Mamata Banerjee's letter is in line with the Congress's call for opposition unity on national issues and to save the Constitution. It is a good thing and we appreciate that," he told reporters when asked about the letter.
 
Shukla said Banerjee has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who will take a decision on it.
 
Facing a high-stakes poll battle in West Bengal, Chief Minister Banerjee has said the time has come for a "united and effective" struggle against the BJP's alleged attacks on democracy and the Constitution, and that opposition leaders should try present a "credible alternative" to the people of the country.
 
In a letter to the non-BJP leaders including Sonia Gandhi released by the TMC on Wednesday, Banerjee also alleged that the Centre-state relations were at their worst since independence.
 
The missive came on the eve of the second phase of the assembly polls in West Bengal in which Banerjee is locked in a fierce fight in Nandigram constituency against her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP. 
 

Mamata provided 'false information' on condition of Devi Chaudharini temple: Prahlad Patel

Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel Thursday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of providing false information about the condition of Devi Chaudharini temple in the state's Jalpaiguri.
 
"CM Mamata Banerjee provided wrong information that the temple which had burnt down four years ago had been restored. She provided false information. It had not only hurt religious sentiments of the masses but has also dishonoured Bankim Chandra Chatterjee who composed Vande Mataram in this holy land,” Patel said.
 
"As of now, there is no clarity on the temple's ownership, operation and activities," he said in a statement.
 

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TMC writes to EC, alleges CRPF men misbehaved with women voters in Nandigram

Alleging that a few Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday "misbehaved" with women voters at a polling booth in Bengal's Nandigram constituency, the TMC urged the Election Commission to take immediate action against the offenders.
 
In a letter to the poll panel, the ruling party claimed that CRPF personnel, posted at booth number 197 in Nandigram, were seen exhibiting improper behaviour, with some even intimidating women.
 
Such conduct by the CRPF men deployed on polling duty represents "their partisan conduct which is prejudicial for the Trinamool", the letter said.
 
The party demanded that the security team, seen "misbehaving" at the polling station, be immediately replaced and strict action be taken against the accused personnel.

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90% of votes in Nandigram will go to TMC: Mamata Banerjee

Whatever the Election Commission may try, BJP will not win. In Nandigram, 90 per cent of the votes will go to TMC, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

We've lodged 63 complaints with EC; worried about democracy, says Mamata

LIVE: 79.53 per cent polling recorded in West Bengal till 5:22 pm

LIVE: 79.53 per cent polling recorded in West Bengal till 5:22 pm, says Election Commission of India

Why does Modi campaign on election day, asks Mamata

Why does Narendra Modi comes to Bengal on every polling day? Why will he campaign on election day? If we can't campaign in election areas then why he addresses the people with all facilities including Doordarshan on polling day? Isn't it a violation of model code of conduct?, asks Mamata Banerjee

LIVE: Mamata questions EC's silence about TMC complaints

Home Minister himself is instructing CRPF, BSF and other jawans to help only BJP and its goons. I apologise to my Election Commission for their silence. We have given so many letters but they are one-sidedly supporting BJP candidates: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

TMC complains to EC over booth rigging in Moyna constituency

TMC lodges a complaint with Election Commission alleging capturing of 8 booths by BJP workers in Moyna constituency.  "BJP workers are attempting to take control of EVM and are rigging the booth. CRPF deployed at the booth is not taking any action," news agency ANI reported. 

West Bengal elections: 72.25 per cent polling recorded till 5:10 pm

72.25 per cent polling recorded till 5:10 pm during the second phase of West Bengal elections, according to the Election Commission of India

Mamata Banerjee has lost the election: Suvendu Adhikari

TMC sources say the question of Mamata fighting from any other seat does not arise: ANI

TMC sources say the question of Mamata Banerjee fighting from any other seat does not arise. She is winning Nandigram comfortably, according to news agency ANI.

Mamata dials Bengal governor, alleges TMC supporters not being allowed to cast vote

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she had dialled Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and a senior Election Commission (EC) official to inform them about certain poll-related issues, but refused to divulge the details.
 
According to TMC sources, the chief minister had called Dhankhar from a polling booth at Boila in Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her protege-turned- adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP, and alleged that supporters of her party were not being allowed to cast votes by saffron camp workers.

Modi takes strong Hindutva pitch to Bengal

Making a strong Hindutva pitch at the hustings in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday attacked TMC leaders for calling those wearing saffron, sporting tilak and choti as "rakshas", and declared he does not believe in "seasonal faith".
 
He also said a BJP wave was blowing across West Bengal where the party will win over 200 of the state's 294 assembly seats.
 
"Earlier, Mamata Didi had issues with chants of 'Jai Shri Ram', over immersion of Durga idols. Now TMC has problems with people wearing saffron, sporting tilak and choti (tuft of hair), they are calling them 'rakshas' (demons)," Modi told an election rally in Joynagar.

We will check all footage of booths and take appropriate steps: Mamata on allegations of rigging

We will check all footage of the polling booth and take appropriate steps: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee when asked if any FIR will be registered on allegations of booth rigging at Boyal polling booth where she visited.
 

I haven't seen such a bad election in many years: Mamata Banerjee


West Bengal elections LIVE: PM Modi says previous govts destroyed Bengal

LIVE: PM Modi says previous governments destroyed West Bengal in every sense. He slammed Mamata Banerjee for not having a vision for the state.

Watch: PM Modi addresses public meeting at Uluberia, West Bengal


Mamata hits out at EC over inaction to complaints

Heavy voting amidst sporadic violence, marked the second phase of polling to the West Bengal assembly, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Election Commission over inaction to complaints filed by her party.
 
Sporadic violence and minor clashes were reported from various constituencies, including the high profile Nandigram, where chief minister Mamata Banerjee is locked in a high- stakes electoral battle with her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari now with the BJP.
 
An agitated Banerjee slammed the Election Commission for not taking any action despite lodging several complaints and threatened to move court over it. Amongst the complaints were allegations of "booth capturing" and massive fake voting in Boyal.

Amid chaos, West Bengal voters rush to polling booths to cast their votes; 71% turnout till 3 pm

Voters undergo thermal screening as they arrive to cast their votes | PTI photo

Voters wait to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram | Photo: PTI

Voters show their ID cards as they arrive to cast their votes in Nandigram | Photo: PTI

West Bengal elections: 71.07 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

West Bengal elections: 71.07 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in 30 assembly seats where polling is underway for second phase

LIVE: Chaos continues near a polling booth in Debra

EC seeks report over violence during polling in Bengal's Nandigram

The Election Commission of India on Thursday sought a detailed report from the administration in connection with an incident of violence in Boyal area in Nandigram where Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to oversee the polling process.
 
The West Bengal chief minister visited several booths across the high-profile Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP.
 
As soon as Banerjee reached Boyal, BJP supporters started chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans.

LIVE: Afraid of losing, Mamata urged other parties for help and support, says PM Modi

Afraid of losing elections, Banerjee has appealed to leaders of other parties for help and support, says PM Modi at an election rally

LIVE: PM Modi hits back at TMC for calling his Bangladesh trip unethical

PM Modi hits back at TMC for calling his Bangladesh trip unethical and violative of model code, defends visits to temples there

LIVE: Mamata will have to account for the deaths of brothers, sisters and sons of Bengal, says PM

LIVE: Mamata Banerjee will have to account for the deaths of brothers, sisters and sons of Bengal, says PM Modi

LIVE: BJP wave blowing across West Bengal, will win over 200 seats, says PM Modi

BJP wave blowing across West Bengal, party will win over 200 seats, says PM Narendra Modi at an election rally

Watch: PM Modi addresses public meeting at Jaynagar, West Bengal



LIVE: Trinamool is not cool, it is a 'shool'. It gave unbearable pain to Bengal, says Modi


LIVE: Slogans were raised after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrived at the polling booth in Nandigram

LIVE: Slogans were raised after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrived at the polling booth in Nandigram

LIVE: Have lodged 63 poll related complaints since morning, no action by EC, says Mamata Banerjee

LIVE: Have lodged 63 poll related complaints since morning, no action by EC, says Mamata Banerjee

LIVE: We will move court as EC not taking action, says Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram

LIVE: We will move court as EC not taking action, says Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram

LIVE: Goons from other states creating ruckus here, says Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram

LIVE: Goons from other states creating ruckus here, says Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram

Mamata Banerjee dials Governor amid reports of violence and jamming at booth

Bengal polls: Mamata visits booths amid reports of jamming, Suvendu's convoy attacked

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited several booths across the high-profile Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP, as sporadic incidents of violence and allegations of booth jamming marred the voting process in the second phase.
 
After monitoring the situation in the assembly segment, where local TMC leaders complained that their election agents were not being allowed to enter booths, Banerjee left her rented residence at Reyapara around 1 pm.
 
She then visited polling centres at Sonachura, Reyapara, Balarampur, Boyal, Nandigram block 1 and 2.

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People who are raising slogans are outsiders: Mamata Banerjee after visiting a polling booth in Nandigram

People who are raising slogans are outsiders. They came from Bihar and UP, they are being protected by Central Forces, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits a polling booth in Nandigram

West Bengal elections: 58 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

West Bengal elections: 58 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in 30 seats where polling is underway for second phase

West Bengal elections: 37.42 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am

West Bengal elections: 37.42 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am in 30 seats where polling is underway for second phase

Bengal polls: TMC writes letter to EC alleging booth capturing in Purba Medinipur

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien submitted a complaint to the Election Commission (EC) alleging booth capturing in Purba Medinipur during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.
 
O'Brien alleged that booth capturing in polling station numbers 6, 7, 49, 27, 162, 21, 26, 13, 262, 256, 163, and 30 were taking place.
 
"Huge mob of BJP workers have entered booth numbers 6, 7, 49, 27, 162, 21, 26, 13, 262, 256, 163 and 30. BJP workers attempting to take control of EVM and rigging the booth," he wrote.

Local BJP leader detained in Bengal for coming within 100 metres of pooling booth

Police on Thursday said it has detained a local BJP leader for allegedly coming within 100 metres of a pooling booth here. Mohan Singh, Dakshin Mandal Sabhapati of the BJP, however, claimed that he was called there by saffron party candidate Bharati Ghosh.
 
Ghosh, a former IPS officer, alleged that TMC workers beat up Singh and chased him away. "I have complained to the presiding officer that our party agents are not being allowed to sit at the polling booths. TMC activists are intimidating our agents," she said.
 
Meanwhile, some BJP activists blocked roads when Singh was being taken to the nearest police station, officials said. In the Debra seat, where polling is underway in the second phase, two former IPS officers are crossing swords -- BJP's Bharati Ghosh and ruling TMC's Humayun Kabir.

West Bengal Assembly polls: Ruckus ensues near polling booth in Debra

After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Mandal President of Debra, Mohan Singh, was detained by the police ruckus took place near a polling booth in West Bengal's Debra constituency here on Thursday.
 
The BJP workers alleged that the police are not letting a fair election to take place and enabling Trinamool Congress (TMC) people to capture the booths.
 
While, on the other hand, TMC party workers are accusing BJP's candidate from Debra constituency Bharati Ghosh of influencing the electorate by visiting the polling booths. Read on...

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: BJP Worker Found Dead in Nandigram

A BJP worker was found hanging at his home in Nandigram in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district on Thursday, triggering tension in the area amid the highprofile election here, police said. Uday Dubey was found hanging at his home in the Bhekutia area of Nandigram in the morning, they said.

West Bengal Assembly polls: 15.72% voting in 3 hours during second phase

Voter turnout for the second phase of polling in West Bengal notched as much as 15.72 per cent in about three hours as over 75 lakh electorate began voting in 30 Assembly seats on Thursday.
 
Long queues were witnessed outside most of the polling booths till 10 am.
 
The approximate voter turnout trend till 10 a.m. in Bankura district was 16.05 per cent, Paschim Medinipur 17.33, Purbo Medinipur 16.91 and South 24 Parganas 8.69 per cent, according to the Election Commission's voter turnout App. Read on...

West Bengal: CPIM workers agitate at Ghatal today

West Bengal: CPIM workers agitated at Ghatal today, alleged that they were being stopped by TMC workers as they were on their way to cast their vote
 
Later, security forces reached the spot and removed the road blockade.

East Midnapore recorded 16.9%; West Midnapore recorded 17.2% voter turnout; Bankura recorded 16.09% voting

East Midnapore recorded 16.9%; West Midnapore recorded 17.2% voter turnout; Bankura recorded 16.09% voting till 9am

West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 13.14% polling recorded till 9 am, says ECI

West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 13.14% polling recorded till 9 am, says ECI

West Bengal Elections 2021: Documents to carry for identification at polling stations

Here is a list of documents you can carry for identification at polling stations. Carry any of these mentioned identity proofs while voting.

Voter ID card
PAN Card
Driving License
Indian Passport
MNREGA Job Card
Bank/Post Office Passbooks with photograph
Pension document with photograph
Service Identity Cards with photograph issued by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies.

BJP's Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari on his way to a polling booth in the assembly constituency


ITBP troops guard polling booths in East Midnapore district

ITBP troops guard polling booths in East Midnapore district and help out senior citizens there, during the second phase of West Bengal Elections.
 

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: India's eyes are on Nandigram, says Suvendu Adhikari

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: Bharatiya Janata Party's Nandigram candidate, Suvendu Adhikari 

Click here to know more about Nandigram constituency.

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West Bengal election live: AITC hopes to confine Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram

In Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP has been able to get an important mass leader in South Bengal. The BJP expects Adhikari to help it in bridging its deficit vis-a-vis the AITC in South Bengal. With Banerjee announcing her decision to contest from Nandigram, Adhikari will have to devote considerable time in his own AC now. That Banerjee announced her candidature from Nandigram on a day when Adhikari was doing a road show in Kolkata has conveyed this message clearly.
 

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: Vote in record numbers, says PM Modi

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: Facing imminent defeat in WB polls, Mamata remembers her gotra, says BJP

The BJP on Wednesday mocked Trinamool Congress supremo for publicly speaking about her gotra and termed it as a desperate bid by her to regain lost ground in West Bengal where her party is facing an imminent defeat.
 
Banerjee, also the chief minister of the state, has said at an election meeting that she belongs to the Shandilya gotra and none should attempt to teach her Hinduism.
 
"She remembered her gotra all of a sudden as she has sensed her defeat. She is losing ground fast, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told reporters. Read on...

West Bengal polls: Countdown begins for high-voltage 'Khela' in Phase-II

The countdown begins for the high-voltage 'Khela' (game) of power in West Bengal with the second phase of polling commencing Thursday.
 
In phase-II, a total of 30 Assembly constituencies from the districts of South 24 Parganas, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur are heading in to vote.
 
Out of the 171 candidates in the fray 152 are men and the remaining are women. It means only 11 per cent of the candidates are women. Read on...

Second phase of voting for Assembly elections in West Bengal begins

Second phase of voting for Assembly elections in West Bengal begins

West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: The voting for Phase 2 will take place for 30 seats

Gosaba, Patharpratima, Kakdwip, Sagar, Tamluk, Panskura (204), Panskura (205), Moyna, Nandakumar, Mahisadal, Haldia, Nandigram, Chandipur, Kharagpur Sadar,  Narayangarh Paschim, Sabang Paschim, Pingla Paschim, Debra Paschim, Daspur Paschim, Ghatal Paschim, Chandrakona Paschim, Keshpur Paschim, Taldangra, Bankura, Barjora, Onda, Bishnupur, Katulpur, Indas, Sonamukhi

West Bengal Election 2021: Assembly seats

There are a total of 294 assembly seats that will be going to polls, of which 68 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 16 for the Scheduled Tribes. 

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