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West Bengal elections 2021 phase 3 live updates | One injured in crude bomb explosion outside polling booth in Canning Purba Assembly segment


A three-cornered battle is on the cards in 31 Assembly seats that are set to go to polls on Tuesday in the third phase of Bengal elections, with the BJP seeking to breach TMC fortresses, and Left Front-ISF-Congress alliance hoping to make a mark in areas, where identity politics has gained ground.

More than 78.5 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise and decide the fate of 205 candidates — prominent among them being BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly — in three districts — Howrah, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas.

Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting, with 618 companies of CAPF deployed to guard 10,871 polling stations, all of which have been marked “sensitive” by the Election Commission. State police forces will also be deputed at strategic locations to aid the CAPF.

Here are the live updates:

9.45 am

Voters were seen maintaining COVID-19 protocols in polling booths in 136-Joynagar (SC) AC, in South 24 Parganas in West Bengal on April 6, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Subham Dutta

 

Polling till 9 a.m. was reported at about 15%.

9.45 am

One injured in crude bomb explosion outside a polling booth in Canning Purba Assembly segment.

Saukat Mollah, TMC candidate blames Indian Secular Front supporters for the violence.

– Shiv Sahay Singh

9.15 am

Mograhat Paschim South 24 Parganas Trinamool Congress candidate and Minister Giyasuddin Mollah and ISF candidate Maidul Islam accuse each other of intimidating voters outside the polling booth.

Diamond Harbour BJP candidate Dipak Halder alleges that voters are not being allowed to cast their votes in certain areas. Mr. Halder says he has sought intervention of the Election Commission.

TMC candidate from Dhanekhali in Hooghly makes similar allegations against BJP supporters.

– Shiv Sahay Singh

9 am

Regarding the incident in the Goghat Assembly area, police said today, that the wife of a BJP supporter was allegedly killed on Monday around 11 p.m.

Madhabi Adak was injured as she tried to save her husband when a few men barged into their home and attacked him, they said. Adak’s family alleged that the Trinamool Congress was behind the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party.

– PTI

9 am

Overnight violence was reported in some parts of the State.

A woman was found dead in Goghat Assembly area in Hooghly.

Villagers in Baruipur Purba Assembly segment in South 24 Parganas alleged that they have been threatened to not cast their vote.

– Shiv Sahay Singh

8.40 am

Sector Officer of Uluberia Uttar consituency of Howrah district was suspended by the Election Commission for sleeping over at a relative’s house with reserve EVMs.

“Tapan Sarkar, sector officer of Sector 17 in AC 177 Uluberia Uttar at Howrah District went with Reserve EVM and slept at a relative’s house. This is a gross violation of ECI’s Instructions for which the Sector Officer has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment. The Sector Police attached to Sector Officer have also been directed to be suspended. The said EVM and VVPAT have been taken out of the stock and shall not be used in the polls,” the Election Commission said.

Villagers spotted a vehicle with an Election Commission sticker outside the house of the TMC leader in the early hours, after which they started protesting, he added.

Then, it was found that the officer of sector 17 Tapan Sarkar was visiting the TMC leader’s house with the EVMs, the official said.

The EVMs and VVPATs were seized and the officer suspended, he said. “The four machines are not being used in today’s polling. We have sought a report from the District Election Officer,” he added.

The sector officer claimed that he reached the area very late and found the polling booth closed, following that he decided to spend the night at his relative’s residence, unable to find any “safe place” to stay.

– Amit Baruah, PTI

7.30 am

COVID-19 protocols being adhered to in a polling booth in Joynagar, in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, on April 6, 2021.

COVID-19 protocols being adhered to in a polling booth in Joynagar, in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, on April 6, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Subham Dutta

 

Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in 16 seats in South 24 Parganas district (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I).

Over 78.5 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 205 candidates, including BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, state minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly.

– PTI

7 am

Polling began at 7 a.m. Long queues were seen outside polling stations, where voting will continue till 6.30 p.m.

– PTI

 

Voters' awareness campaign using a tram ahead of 3rd phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Kolkata, Monday, April 5, 2021.

Voters’ awareness campaign using a tram ahead of 3rd phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Kolkata, Monday, April 5, 2021.  
| Photo Credit: PTI

 

 

Section 144 CrPC in all 31 constituencies going to the poll

The Election Commission has described as sensitive all the 31 West Bengal assembly constituencies where voting will be held in the third phase on Tuesday and imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC in them, an official in it said.

The constituencies are spread over the districts of Howrah (Part I), Hooghly (Part I) and South 24 Parganas (Part II).

The order restricts unlawful assembly and movement, holding of public meetings, carrying of weapons, sticks, banners, placards by anybody as well as shouting slogans and using loudspeakers, he clarified.

 

 

Unprecedented deployment of Central forces in West Bengal

The Election Commission of India has deployed about 618 company of Central forces in West Bengal for the third phase of polling in the State in which 31 Assembly seats are going to polls on Tuesday.

Of the 618 companies of Central forces, 317 companies will be deployed in South 24 Parganas, the district where 16 Assembly seats are going to polls. 167 companies of Central forces will be developed in Hooghly and remaining in Howrah. Eight seats in Hooghly and seven in Howrah will go to polls in the third phase.

 

Confident of win in Bengal now, later in Delhi: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on April 5 asserted that she would win the ongoing State polls despite injury and eventually aim for power in Delhi.

Also read: Modi insulting women by mocking Mamata, claims Trinamool

Training her guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Ms. Banerjee who is seeking a third term in office said that West Bengal will be ruled by its own people.

 



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Kerala Assembly elections | Suresh Gopi’s statement reveals CoLeBi alliance in Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan


BJP candidate Suresh Gopi had said that the IUML candidate K.N.A. Khader should win in Guruvayur and the LDF candidate A.N. Shamseer should be defeated in Thalassery

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the BJP, the Congress, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the UDF have struck a deal between them and BJP candidate Suresh Gopi’s statement makes it clear.

Mr. Gopi had said that the IUML candidate K.N.A. Khader should win in Guruvayur and the LDF candidate A.N. Shamseer should be defeated in Thalassery.

It only reveals a deal between the BJP, the Congress, the IUML and the UDF, Mr. Vijayan said while addressing a press conference in Kannur on March 29.

However, the League, the Congress or the UDF should not consider that the BJP’s open statement for IUML candidate’s win would benefit them.

Recalling BJP leader O. Rajagopal had earlier said that there were such moves locally and their party was benefiting from them, Mr. Vijayan said that when a deal is struck, the BJP ensures their advantage. Nemom is a proof of that, he added.

The IUML, the Congress and the UDF have accepted the agreement that the BJP would help them to win the constituency where they have good vote share. This reveals that help in Guruvayur, Thalassery and Devikulam constituencies, where the BJP has rejected its candidature, will be in other constituencies as well.

He said the deal between them was revealed much earlier, when the government in the Kerala Legislative Assembly passed a resolution ensuring that Kerala would not implement the Citizenship Law Amendment.

The Congress did not accept the government’s stand to be together to raise agitation against the amendment of the citizenship law. The UDF remained silent even when the Central government takes a wrong stand towards Kerala.

“The motive behind their mutual understanding is to subvert the achievements of Kerala. The League and the Congress are getting ready to go to extremes to get a few votes,” he said. This is the broadest form of the old CoLeBi (short form Congress-League-BJP ) alliance‌, he accused

While the Centre is trying to destabilise the country by using Central agencies, the Congress and the UDF are encouraging it

To a question that Jose K. Mani had said that there should be a check on the existence of ‘love jihad’ in Kerala, the CM said that he did not hear about it and the media should ask Mr. Mani about this.

When the Sabarimala issue was raised Mr. Vijayan said the media is working hard to create unnecessary controversy.



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Kerala Assembly polls | HC turns down pleas of BJP, AIADMK candidates against rejection of nominations


The Kerala High Court on March 22 dismissed the pleas by NDA candidates in Thalassery, Guruvayur and Devikulam Assembly constituencies against the rejection of their nomination papers by the respective Returning Officers (ROs).

Justice N. Nagaresh, while dismissing their writ petitions challenging the action of the respective Returning Officers, observed that the court could not interfere with the decisions taken by ROs to reject the nominations papers for not meeting certain mandatory requirements.

The Election Commission, while taking objection to the pleas of the petitioners, submitted in a statement that any interference by the High Court at this stage would disrupt, stall, and upset the whole election process. In fact, the election had to be concluded as early as possible according to the time schedule and all controversial matters and disputes arising out of the election process should be postponed till after the election so that the election proceedings would not be unduly retarded or protracted. There could not be a two pronged attack: one by invoking the writ jurisdiction of the High Court and another by filing an election petition after the declaration of the elections, the Commission added.

The alleged improper rejection of nomination papers was a ground for declaring void an election of a candidate under section 100(1)(c) of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951. Once the nomination papers of a candidate is rejected, the Act provides only one remedy; i.e. filing of an election petition after the elections were over, the EC pointed out.

The petitions were filed by N. Haridas, BJP candidate in Thalassery Assembly constituency, Nivedida Subramanian, BJP candidate in Guruvayur Assembly constituency and Dhanalakshmi Marimuthu, AIADMK candidate in Devikulam constituency

While the nomination paper of Mr. Haridas was rejected on the ground that Form No. A did not bear the signature of BJP president J.P. Nadda, the nomination paper of Ms. Nivedida was rejected for Form No. B not bearing the signature of the BJP president.

In their petition, the candidates contended that the rejection of their nomination papers was unauthorised and arbitrary. They pointed out that the nomination papers could not be rejected solely on account of minor defects in Form No. A or B as per Rule 4 of the Conduct of Election Rules. It was true that when the nomination papers were submitted, some minor errors were noticed. While Form No. B submitted by the Guruvayur candidate contained the seal of the State Committee BJP, Form No. A had the authorisation issued by the national president in favour of the State president with his specimen signature. Though the significance of the party president was omitted in Form No. B it was provided in Form No. A.

Mr. Haridas pointed out that the only defect noted in Form A was that it did not have the signature of the national president. In fact, the petitioner had submitted revised Form No. A with the signature of the BJP national president. Therefore, the rejection of his nomination was illegal, he contended.

The AIADMK candidate contended that the Returning Officer could allow candidates to correct the mistakes in their nomination papers. In fact, the Election Commission was empowered to order the Returning Officers to make such corrections under Article 324C of the Constitution, she pointed out.



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West Bengal Assembly Elections | Parties spar over Mamata Banerjee’s injury


Opposition calls it a political drama; Ms. Banerjee makes no mention of attack in message to cadre.

A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was rushed to hospital in Kolkata after suffering injuries during her campaign in Nandigram, the Trinamool Congress leadership reiterated allegations that the party chief was targeted as part of a conspiracy.

Addressing a press conference, senior leaders of Trinamool Congress, including Partha Chatterjee, Saugata Roy and Subrata Bakshi, alleged that Ms. Banerjee, the only woman Chief Minister in the country, was “purposely targeted”.

Also read | Mamata hopes to return to ‘her field in next 2 or 3 days’

The Trinamool Congress leadership said the attack had occurred days after the West Bengal DGP was transferred and at a time the model code of conduct is in force. However, earlier in the day, in her video message to party cadre, Ms. Banerjee made no mention of a possible conspiracy.

Urging her supporters to maintain peace and not do anything that would cause problems to the public, a visibly weak Ms. Banerjee said, “It is true that I was badly hurt last night and felt severe pain in the chest and head. The doctors are looking after me.”

In his tweet, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee said, “@BJP4Bengal. Brace yourselves to see the power of people of BENGAL on Sunday, May 2nd. Get READY!!!,” tagging a photograph of the Chief Minister in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast.

Also read | Election Commission rebuts Trinamool letter on issue of Mamata’s injury

A Trinamool Congress parliamentary delegation of six MPs from both Houses will meet Election Commission officials in Delhi on Friday over the incident.

The party has also planned Statewide protests. “Tomorrow from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. we will raise black flags and cover our mouths with black bands as a mark of silent protest, condemning the incident,” Mr. Chatterjee told journalists.

 

However, Opposition parties in West Bengal, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front and the Congress, have dismissed Trinamool Congress’s allegation as baseless and termed the incident a political “drama” to gain sympathy votes.

Also read | Drama won’t yield results this time, says BJP

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh demanded that the incident should be probed by Central Bureau of Investigation. BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya pointed out that anybody with a Z plus security has at least a dozen of cars with her when she is on the move.

“If in spite of a three-layer security, the State’s Chief Minister is attacked and injured, then an investigation has to take place to find out who is responsible… We want an investigation on the incident at any cost and we want to find the truth behind what happened. The people of the State need to know what happened,” Mr. Bhattacharya said.

Also read | Mamata Nandigram episode again exposes Congress’s fault lines

Pointing out that the Director, Security and the Additional Director, Security were with the Chief Minister (when the incident took place), he asked, “Why haven’t their statements come to the public domain yet?”

CPI(M) leader Tanmoy Bhattacharya raised questions on why the Chief Minister who alleged conspiracy on Wednesday has gone silent on the same issue on Thursday.

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Delhi Riots anniversary | Truth has been hijacked to serve political interests: Brinda Karat


CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, speaking on the first anniversary of the Northeast Delhi Riots in New Delhi on February 23, alleged that there has been a deliberate subversion of justice as truth has been hijacked to serve political interests and to save BJP leaders.

She said that BJP Kapil Mishra, accused of making inflammatory speeches ahead of the riot, has the temerity to say that if required, he would do it again.

“This shows how the government in power has given protection to its leaders who gave inflammatory speeches.” Ms. Karat said.

She added that the government wants no dissent at all and according to its dictionary, dissent equals anti-nationalism, and anti-nationalism becomes patriotism if you wear a saffron scarf and carry a BJP flag.

The CPI(M) demanded an independent, impartial probe into the Delhi Riots. It said that the role of the police has to be questioned and asked how was the capital was allowed to burn for five days under the eye of the Home Minister himself. The party also released a report on the riots detailing the suffering of the victims.

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बंगाल में कांग्रेस, वामपंथी दल संयुक्त रूप से विशाल रैली करेंगे


वामदल कांग्रेस के साथ मिलकर बंगाल में बड़ी रैली का आयोजन करेंगे

कोलकाता:

पश्चिम बंगाल में आगामी विधानसभा चुनाव के लिए चुनावी गठजोड़ करने वाले माकपा नीत वाम मोर्चा और कांग्रेस दल फरवरी या मार्च में कोलकाता में संयुक्त रूप से एक विशाल रैली का आयोजन करेंगे.कांग्रेस और माकपा नीत वाम मोर्चा ने अप्रैल-मई में पश्चिम बंगाल में होने वाले विधानसभा चुनावों के मद्देनजर सीटों के बंटवारे को लेकर बृहस्पतिवार को बैठक की. बैठक के बाद वाम मोर्चा के अध्यक्ष बिमान बोस ने कहा कि सभी दलों ने संयुक्त रूप से ब्रिगेड परेड ग्राउंड में फरवरी या मार्च में एक महारैली करने का फैसला किया है.

यह भी पढ़ें

बोस के अलावा, कांग्रेस की ओर से विधानसभा में विपक्ष के नेता अब्दुल मन्नान और अन्य नेताओं ने चर्चा में भाग लिया. सूत्रों ने बताया कि कांग्रेस और वाम मोर्चा के नेताओं ने सीटों को लेकर चर्चाएं कीं. कांग्रेस आलाकमान और वाम मोर्चा के घटक दलों के केंद्रीय नेतृत्व ने अपनी राज्य इकाइयों को सीट बंटवारे को लेकर बातचीत करने को कहा है. कांग्रेस और वाम दलों ने 2016 का राज्य विधानसभा चुनाव साथ मिलकर लड़ा था, लेकिन 2019 के लोकसभा चुनावों में वे अलग-अलग हो गए थे.

(इस खबर को एनडीटीवी टीम ने संपादित नहीं किया है. यह सिंडीकेट फीड से सीधे प्रकाशित की गई है।)

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Top news of the day: Supreme Court suggests panel to resolve farmers issue; CPI(M)-LDF ahead in Kerala local body polls, and more


The major news headlines of the day, and more.

“The committee can talk and resolve this issue. Secure the names of some farmers’ unions who want to join… It should include BKU and other farmer leaders. They should be drawn from across the country. It affects all and this will soon become a national issue,” Chief Justice Bobde said.

Dominic Raab, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 16, said the U.K. respected India’s “heritage” of protests and debates, and was watching the situation closely. The Ministry of External Affairs did not refer to the issue in its press statement on the meeting between Mr. Raab and Mr. Jaishankar on December 15.

Trends project a emphatic victory for the Left Democratic Front, even as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance scores some significant political points in different parts of the State. Congress-led United Democratic Front too has registered a decent performance.

The apex court, while expressing “great caution”, agreed to examine the possibility of “gender-neutral religion-neutral uniform guidelines” for maintenance and alimony.

India has reported 387 COVID-19 case fatalities in the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on December 16, with 10 States/UTs accounting for 75.19% of new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (70 deaths), followed by West Bengal (45) and Delhi (41), according to data released by the Health Ministry on December 16.

Guidelines include taking informed consent of victim, preserving samples correctly.

“Contrary to the opinion of some, I am not against the publishing of my father’s Memoir but I have requested D publisher to allow me to go through its contents before final roll out & I believe my request is quite legitimate & within my rights as his son,” Mr. Mukherjee said in his latest tweet.

The Eastern Command chief said post the Galwan Valley incident, bonhomie and mutual trust on the Line of Actual Control between India and China evaporated, and it will take time for things to stabilise.

Mr. Gandhi was disallowed to speak at the meeting by the panel chairman Jual Oram (BJP) when he sought to raise the issues of Chinese aggression and better equipping the soldiers at the border in Ladakh, sources said.

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on December 15 passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included key components of Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s resolution language urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression against India along the LAC.

The lawsuit could be filed as soon as December 17 and was different from the one that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed against Google in October, the report said, citing two people close to the probe.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan is hearing several pleas by industry and business sectors, including power and real estate, to extend the moratorium or even waive the interest on their debts due to losses incurred during the pandemic.

The DoT is yet to come out with any notification for the next round of auction.

A peerless Virat Kohli and his “fearless” India would look to unleash their might on an Australian team which is ready for revenge but not exactly in ‘pink of health’ ahead of the first Day/Night Test starting in Adelaide on December 17.

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