Bengal Polls LIVE: CRPF opened fire to save lives of voters, says EC

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West Bengal election 2021 LIVE updates: The fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 is taking place today. A total of 1,15,81,022 voters will decide the fate of 373 candidates in constituencies spread over Howrah (Part II), South 24 Parganas(Part III), Hooghly (Part II), Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Of the 44 constituencies, nine assembly constituencies are in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Cooch Behar and ten in Hooghly. The prominent faces going in Phase-IV polls are Babul Supriyo who will lock horns with sitting TMC MLA Arup Biswas from Tollygunj, TMC’s secretary-general Partha Chatterjee will take on film actor Srabanti Chatterjee of the BJP from Behala West, TMC turncoat Rajib Banerjee who is contesting from Domjur in Howrah district on a BJP ticket, BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee and Nisith Pramanik from Chuchura and Dinhata, respectively.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are facing each other, as the Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front has joined forces with Abbas Siddiqui's Indian Secular Front (ISF) to secure their place in the equation.

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Mamata questions central forces' self-defence claim in Cooch Behar killings

Questioning the central forces' version of firing on voters in self-defence in Cooch Behar that killed four people, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her government will initiate a CID probe into the incident. Banerjee said there is no video footage or any other proof to substantiate claims of the central forces.

Bengal Polls LIVE: CRPF opened fire to save lives of voters, says EC

Recourse to open fire by CISF personnel became absolutely necessary in order to save lives of voters lined up at the polling booth, those of other polling personnel and their own lives as mob had attempted snatching their weapons: Election Commission on Sitalkuchi firing incident

76.16% turnout in fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections

West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 76.16 per cent till 5 pm during the fourth phase of polling on Saturday in 44 assembly constituencies spread across five districts, a senior official in the CEO's office said.
 
The highest turnout of 79.73 per cent was registered in Cooch Behar district, followed by 76.2 per cent polling in Hoogly. In South 24 Parganas it was 75.49 per cent, while in Howrah it was 75.03 per cent and in Alipurduar 73.65 per cent, he said.
 
Polling was held from 7 am to 6.30 pm in 15,940 polling nine assembly constituencies in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Coochbehar and ten in Hooghly district. Read here

Mamata Banerjee will resign after May 2, Amit Shah need not resign: Bengal BJP chief

71 more CAPF companies to be deployed in West Bengal for remaining phases

Seventy-one more CAPF companies to be deployed in West Bengal for conduct of remaining four phases of polls, reports PTI

Money, power can buy anything, but can't buy love; Bengal loves Mamata Banerjee: Derek O' Brien

TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Saturday asserted that his party will win the assembly polls in West Bengal and send out a message to the BJP, saying while power and money can buy anything, it cannot buy the love of the state's people for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
 
In a video message, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader also said that the "game is on" in West Bengal, where the fourth leg of the eight-phase election was held on Saturday.
 
"Today we have completed four phases of the eight phase polls. 'Khela hobe', the match is on in Bengal. This is half-time and we are quiet confident that we got this one covered. We are winning Bengal as the two turncoat ministers who have joined the BJP, one fighting from Nandigram and the other from Domjur are both losing," O'Brien said. (PTI)

First time voters are conferred with 'Proud Voter' badge in Singur Assembly Constituency


Polling ends for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly; visuals from a polling booth


West Bengal: Phase 4 polling by maintaining Covid-19 protocol at a booth


Glimpse of voter at a polling station in Behala Paschim Assembly Constituency


75.93% voter turnout recorded till 5:24 pm

Thermal Checking is going on at Polling Stations in Kasba Assembly Constituency


Polling Process going on at 9 Tufanganj Assembly Constituency of Coochbehar District


Aged voter on the way to cast her vote at a Polling Station under 156 Budge Assembly Constituency.


Polarisation in West Bengal is the gravest tragedy that has befallen that state, says Chidambaram

EC should be held responsible for violence in Bengal, says Congress leader Chidambaram

Polling process going on smoothly at Polling Stations No 227-232

We have sought Amit Shah's resignation, says Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri


Covid-19 Protocol maintained at 174 Sankrail (SC) Assembly Constituency of Howrah District.


Mamata questions central forces' version of firing on voters

Mamata questions central forces' version of firing on voters in self-defence in Cooch Behar, lack of video footage and injuries to policemen

LIVE: We will order CID probe into firing by central forces on voters, says Mamata

We will order CID probe into firing by central forces on voters at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar, says Mamata Banerjee

Amit Shah is completely responsible for firing incident, says Mamata

Enthusiastic voters at 155 Mahestala Assembly Constituency of South 24 Parganas District


Watch: Glimpses from the ongoing fourth phase of polling in West Bengal

LIVE: Mamata can defeat BJP, but how will she beat people, says Modi at poll rally


LIVE: Problem is not with central forces, but with your politics of violence, says PM Modi at rally


LIVE: With defeat staring Mamata in face, she is inciting violence, says Modi at rally


LIVE: This election is not being fought by BJP alone, people are also fighting this, says Modi


People of Bengal don't expect Mamata to have sensitivity any more, says PM Modi in Krishnanagar


After a wait for decades, the 'mahayagya' of 'ashol poribortan' has started in Bengal, says Modi

After a wait for decades, the 'mahayagya' of 'ashol poribortan' has started in Bengal. This 'mahayagya' will teach a lesson to appeasers, says PM Modi at a rally in Krishnanagar.

TMC writes to Chief Electoral Officer, says EC appears to be acting under the command of BJP

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


West Bengal Polls LIVE: 66.76% voter turnout recorded till 3:39 pm

Active supression of democratic rights is not acceptable: TMC

Leaking Prashant Kishor's audiotape is BJP's strategy to play mind games, create a wave in Bengal: TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) termed the leaking of 'Club House room' audio chat of its election strategist Prashant Kishor a strategised mind games of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to create a wave in favour of the party in poll-bound West Bengal.
 
Addressing media persons, TMC MP Dola Sen said, "The BJP friends have been circulating the partial audiotape since Saturday morning. The complete audiotape including all questions and answers should be released not the edited and partial version."
 
Referring to the tweet of poll strategist Prashant Kishor, Sen said, "He (Prashant Kishor), whose audiotape BJP has been circulating himself answered everything through his tweet. He reiterated in his tweet that BJP will not get 100 seats in Bengal. BJP understood that Mamata Banerjee will be again the chief minister of West Bengal. This is the strategy to play the mind games and create a wave of BJP amid the ongoing polls." (ANI)

West Bengal Polls: PM Modi slams TMC for 'insulting' SC community

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed TMC for 'insulting' the Scheduled Caste (SC) community of the state.
 
"The thinking of Didi and TMC leaders is coming out in the open. A video is going viral on social media where a leader close to Didi can be seen insulting members of the SC community. She had said that the SC community in Bengal acts like beggars. Didi, such arrogance! Such thinking!" said the Prime Minister while addressing a public meeting in Siliguri.
 
PM Modi also said that seeing defeat in front of her, Mamata Banerjee's anger against him is growing. "Seeing the affection of the people of Bengal for me, Didi is also angry with the people of Bengal," he added. (ANI)

When you can't beat us fair and square, you shoot, TMC MP Derek O'Brien attacks BJP

West Bengal election LIVE: Investigation is underway: DIG Jalpaiguri Range

Political storm erupts after 5 killed during Bengal poll including 4 in CISF firing

Five people were killed, including four in the firing by CISF personnel, during the fourth phase of polling on Saturday for 44 assembly seats of West Bengal, triggering a political firestorm.
 
An estimated 52.89 per cent of 1.15 crore voters exercised their franchise till 1 p.m.
 
Four people were killed as central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals, who "attempted to snatch their rifles", in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district, police said.
 
The Election Commission ordered stopping the voting exercise at polling station number 126 in Sitalkuchi where the incident happened when polling was underway. (PTI)

LIVE: TMC demands Amit Shah's resignation after firing incident in Cooch Behar

The firing took place because common people were resisting the effort by BJP hooligans to disrupt the voting. They are being encouraged by Central Armed Police Force and we feel this is a conspiracy headed by Home Minister, we are demanding his resignation: Saugata Roy, TMC MP

LIVE: Our party workers will hold protests in every block and ward of West Bengal, says TMC MP

Our party workers will hold protests in every block and ward of West Bengal over the firing in Cooch Behar, says TMC MP Saugata Roy

Sourav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in South 24 Paraganas


LIVE: Mamata will visit the houses of all those who were killed today, says TMC MP Saugata Roy

Mamata Banerjee will visit the houses of all those who were killed today, says TMC MP Saugata Roy 

LIVE: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to hold a protest rally in Cooch Behar

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to hold a protest rally in Cooch Behar tomorrow against today's firing incident in which four people died, reports news agency ANI

LIVE: An effort to intimidate voters, says TMC MP on alleged firing by CRPF

LIVE: 52.89% voter turnout recorded till 1:30 pm, says EC

Voting for the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections is underway and 52.89 per cent turnout recorded till 1:30 pm, according to the election commission

LIVE: BJP team to meet Election Commission in Kolkata today

Mamata appeals for calm, alleges CRPF opened fire on voters standing queue

Appealing to people to remain calm, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged armed central police shot dead people standing in a queue to vote in Sitalkuchi.
 
The chief minister speaking at at a public meeting here, asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to explain why five lives were lost in central forces' firing in Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar district during fourth phase of polling.
 
Claiming she had long apprehended such a situation after watching the "high handedness" of central forces for long, Banerjee said "after killing so many people they (Election Commission) are saying the firing was in self defence. They should feel ashamed.This is a lie." (PTI)

Mamata Banerjee to visit the spot in Cooch Behar tomorrow

CRPF doing a conspiracy under the instructions of Home Minister, says Mamata

LIVE: TMC insults Scheduled Castes, says PM Modi

"The thinking of Didi and TMC leaders is coming out in the open. A video is going viral on social media where a leader close to Didi can be seen insulting members of SC community. She had said that SC community in Bengal acts like beggars," says PM Modi in Siliguri. 
 

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


LIVE: TMC insults Scheduled Castes, says PM Modi

TMC insults Scheduled Castes, says PM Modi, claiming a party leader likened them to beggars

EC orders adjourning the poll in PS 126* of Sitalkurchi AC

West Bengal election 2021: 33.98% voter turnout till 11:30 am in phase 4

West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 33.98 per cent till 11.30 am across 44 constituencies in five districts during the fourth phase of the state Assembly polls, according to the Election Commission (EC).
 
The Falakata constituency in the state has witnessed the highest voting percentage with a voter turnout of 40.45 per cent till 11.30 am, while the Jadavpur constituency witnessed the lowest voting percentage with a voter turnout of 21.23 per cent.
 
This phase of the elections will witness an intense battle between 373 candidates in 44 constituencies of the state across five districts -- Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly.
 
BJP candidate from Bhangar constituency in South 24 Parganas district, Soumi Hati cast her vote for the fourth phase.

Anti-incumbency has opened the doors for BJP in Bengal, says Prashant Kishor in an alleged leaked audio chat

Anti-incumbency against TMC has opened the doors for BJP in Bengal, says Prashant Kishor in an alleged leaked audio of leaked clubhouse chat

West Bengal election LIVE: First-time voter shot dead outside polling booth

Voter shot dead in Cooch Behar district on Saturday, police said.
 
The Trinamool Congress alleged that the BJP was behind the killing, while the saffron party claimed that the deceased was its polling agent at the booth and pointed the accusing finger at the ruling party in the state.
 
The youth, identified as Anand Burman, was dragged outside polling booth number 85 in Pathantuli area of Sitalkuchi while voting was underway and shot dead, a police officer said.
 
The incident triggered a clash between TMC and BJP supporters and several people were injured as bombs were lobbed outside the booth. Central forces had to resort to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control, he said.

West Bengal election LIVE: BJP leader Locket Chatterjee's car attacked by locals in Hoogly

Prashant Kishor also knows that Modi is the best: BJP leader Locket Chatterjee, in Hoogly

Prashant Kishor also knows that Modi is the best and a 'sonar Bangla' will be made under his leadership. But to fool the people he got associated with TMC: BJP leader Locket Chatterjee, in Hoogly

No question of post-poll tie-up with Mamata: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury ruled out the possibility of extending support to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC or seeking her support in case the high-octane assembly elections throw up a fractured mandate.
 
Accusing the chief minister of trying to communalise the elections, Chowdhury said that the TMC and the BJP might join hands if both the parties fall short of the requisite numbers to form the government.
 
"BJP and communal politics have found a foothold in West Bengal because of Mamata Banerjee. There is no question of supporting the TMC in a post-poll scenario if it falls short of a majority.
 
"Similarly, there are zero chances of the Congress- Left-ISF Sanjukta Morcha or United Front alliance seeking her support to form the government. There is no possibility of any post-poll tie-up with the TMC," Chowdhury told PTI in an interview.

BJP's Locket Chatterjee offers prayers at temple as 4th phase polling begins in Bengal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Locket Chatterjee offered prayers at a temple in Chunchura just before the start of the polling for the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls on Saturday. Chatterjee is contesting the assembly polls from the Chunchura assembly constituency.
 
Chatterjee is standing against Trinamool Congress' (TMC) Asit Mazumdar and Forward Bloc's Pranab Ghosh.
 
Besides Chatterjee, Babul Supriyo and Nisith Pramanik are the other two MPs fielded by the BJP in the Bengal assembly polls.

The biggest challenge is to remove Mamata Didi and TMC from West Bengal: Babul Supriyo

The biggest challenge is to remove Mamata Didi and TMC from West Bengal. Aroop Biswas (TMC candidate from the constituency) has been the right hand of all her works. So is a challenge to change the atmosphere of terror here: BJP candidate from Tollygunge, Kolkata Babul Supriyo

West Bengal election: PM Modi will address public meetings in West Bengal

West Bengal election: PM Modi will address public meetings in West Bengal

BJP candidate from Kolkata's Tollygunge, Babul Supriyo arrives at Gandhi Colony Bharati Balika Vidyalaya

BJP candidate from Kolkata's Tollygunge, Babul Supriyo arrives at Gandhi Colony Bharati Balika Vidyalaya, where party's polling agent wasn't being given entry. He says, "He has ID but wasn't being allowed by Presiding Officer. We showed his details from website. He's allowed now"

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: PM Modi appeals to people to vote in record numbers in phase-IV

 PM Modi appeals to people to vote in record numbers in phase-IV


West Bengal election LIVE: BJP candidate from Bhangar constituency Soumi Hati casts her vote


West Bengal election 2021 LIVE updates: Phase 4 voting begins in 44 seats

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE updates: Phase 4 voting begins in 44 seats

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