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Bengal Polls 2021: Second phase of polling in 30 seats including Nandigram underway Bengal Polls 2021
(From L to R) Mamata Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari and Minakshi Mukherjee

Bengal Polls 2021: Second phase of polling in 30 seats including Nandigram underway

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Apr 2021, 11:39 am

Voting in 30 seats including the high-voltage Nandigram is underway in the second phase of West Bengal assembly election 2021. The prestigious fight between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari is taking place in the seat. Mamata, who heads the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), is contesting as her party candidate in Nandigram, taking on the challenge of defeating turncoat Suvendu, who is now a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. 

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Over 80 per cent votes polled till 5:30 pm

01 Apr 2021, 06:11 pm

Voter turnout till 5:30 pm:

Overall: 80.43%

Bankura: 82.78%
West Medinipur: 78.05%
East Medinipur: 81.23%
South 24 Parganas: 79.66%

Nandigram AC: 80.79%

Over 76 per cent votes polled till 4:30 pm

01 Apr 2021, 05:20 pm

Voter turnout till 4:30 pm:

Overall: 76.83%

Bankura: 81.17%
West Medinipur: 76.49%
East Medinipur: 76.94%
South 24 Parganas: 69.02%

Nandigram AC: 69.53%

BJP candidate has been doing goondaism since last night: Mamata Banerjee

01 Apr 2021, 04:05 pm

Mamata alleged, "We were receiving complains that some people were denied to vote. The BJP candidate has been doing goondaism since last night. People were threatened including our leader Abu Taher. We have filed 63 complaints."

I am not worried about Nandigram but democracy: Mamata Banerjee

01 Apr 2021, 04:04 pm

Addressing the media in Nandigram, Mamata said, "I am not worried about Nandigram but democracy. They have done cheating. 

"I won't blame CRPF and police. All people and goons are from outside. This is the unfortunate part. I feel sorry for the EC for their silence. They have one-sidedly supported the BJP candidate."

Jagdeep Dhankhar tweets after Mamata Banerjee complains

01 Apr 2021, 03:55 pm

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted, "Issues flagged @MamataOfficial a while ago on phone have been imparted to the concerned. There is full assurance of the concerned to adherence to rule of law. Am confident all will act in right spirit and earnestness so that democracy flourishes."

 

Over 71 per cent votes polled till 3 pm

01 Apr 2021, 03:50 pm

Voter turnout till 3 pm:

Overall: 71.07%

Bankura: 73.80%
West Medinipur: 70.27%
East Medinipur: 71.89%
South 24 Parganas: 65.83%

Nandigram AC: 69.53%

Mamata Banerjee taken out after 2 hours from polling booth

01 Apr 2021, 03:42 pm

Mamata Banerjee was taken out from the polling booth of Boyal in Nandigram. The Chief Minister was taken out by police personnel, central paramilitary forces after tension erupted in the area. 

The TMC and BJP workers were protesting outside the polling booth. 

We had lodged 63 complaints, EC didn't take action: Mamata Banerjee

01 Apr 2021, 02:22 pm

"We had lodged 63 complaints but the Election Commission didn't take any action. The Election Commission is working as per the instructions of Home Minister (Amit Shah). All outsider people from UP, Bihar are present in the polling booth," said Mamata at a polling booth in Nandigram's Boyal. 

Tension erupts at Boyal in Nandigram after Mamata visits polling station

01 Apr 2021, 02:20 pm

Tension erupts at Boyal in Nandigram as TMC and BJP workers engage in verbal spat after CM Mamata Banerjee visits a polling station. The TMC has alleged that its workers were not allowed to cast their votes. 

BJP candidate in Keshpur attacked allegedly by TMC workers, ECI seeks report

01 Apr 2021, 02:14 pm

BJP candidate Pritish Ranjan Kuar was attacked and his vehicle was ransacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Keshpur in West Medinipur district of West Bengal on Thursday afternoon, reports said.

According to reports, when Keshpur's BJP candidate Pritish Ranjan Kuar was going to visit a polling station, a large mob attacked his convoy with bricks, sticks, rods and stones at Gunhara village.

Besides Kuar's SUV, several media vehicles were also vandalized, and few media personnel were also injured in the attack.

Later a heavy police force along with Central paramilitary forces rushed to the scene and at least 17 villagers, including four men and 13 women, have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

Pritish Ranjan Kuar, who managed to escape the scene during the violence, was rescued later and he has been taken to Keshpur Police Station.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought a report from the local administration and directed them to take strict action into the matter immediately.

Over 55 per cent votes polled till 12:30 pm

01 Apr 2021, 02:04 pm

Voter turnout till 12:30 pm:

Overall: 55.40%

Bankura: 57.86%
West Medinipur: 59.32%
East Medinipur: 57.71%
South 24 Parganas: 36.43%

Nandigram AC: 56.78%

Mamata Banerjee set to visit polling booths

01 Apr 2021, 01:23 pm

Mamata Banerjee has already left her temporary residence in Nandigram's Reapara to visit various polling booths. 

Policeman on election duty found hanging in South 24 Parganas

01 Apr 2021, 12:32 pm

A policeman on election duty was found hanging inside a polling station in Patharpratima's Gurudaspur area in South 24 Parganas.

The WBP cop has been identified as Kamal Ganguly (40), a resident of Bongaon in North 24 Parganas. Body has been sent for autopsy, investigation initiated.

BJP worker found hanging in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021, 12:32 pm

One BJP worker Uday Dubey (48), a KGP IIT staffer, was found hanging in the balcony of his relative's house at Vetukia village in Nandigram on Thursday morning.

Family members claimed that local TMC leaders were torturing him mentally following which the man had committed suicide.  Police initiates probe, body sent for autopsy. TMC denies allegation against them.

EVM malfunctions reported from 150 polling booths

01 Apr 2021, 12:31 pm

Reports of EVM malfunctions reported from at least 150 polling booths, including 43 in East Medinipur, 56 in West Medinipur and 45 in South 24 Parganas. All those EVMs have been replaced at voting is underway at those polling booths, according to ECI.

This happened between 6-10 am.

BJP's booth IT incharge Suman Sen allegedly attacked in Mahishadal

01 Apr 2021, 11:48 am

BJP's booth IT incharge Suman Sen has been allegedly attacked by TMC goon Debashish Mandal.

37.42% votes polled in phase 2 till 11 am

01 Apr 2021, 11:45 am

Voter turnout till 11 am:

Overall: 37.42%

Bankura: 36.92%
West Medinipur: 41.49%
East Medinipur: 38.27%
South 24 Parganas: 27.05%

Nandigram AC: 34.12%

TMC worker held for carrying fake Voter ID

01 Apr 2021, 11:44 am

One TMC worker was held at Rajaramchak in Nandirgam for trying to enter a polling booth with a fake Voter ID. He was allegedly attempting to influence voters. He also pasted a fake ECI logo in his car.

19.12% votes polled in phase 2 till 10 am

01 Apr 2021, 11:43 am

Voter turnout till 10 am: Overall: 19.12%

Bankura: 19.37%
West Medinipur: 25.58%
East Medinipur: 16.91%
South 24 Parganas: 8.69%

West Midnapore: BJP election agent Tanmoy Ghosh's car vandalized in Keshpur

01 Apr 2021, 11:43 am

Keshpur BJP election agent Tanmoy Ghosh's car was allegedly vandalized and a female BJP agent was allegedly beaten up in West Midnapore district.
The incident took place at booth number 173 in area 10 of Keshpur block.

Mamata Banerjee to visit polling booths in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021, 11:42 am

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC candidate will be visiting polling booths where several complaints over elections are coming.

I am happy with the way polls taking place: Suvendu Adhikari

01 Apr 2021, 11:42 am

BJP candidate from Nandigram Suvendu Adhikari said, "I am happy with the way polls are taking place. I am visiting all booths to oversee."

Narendra Modi urges people to vote

01 Apr 2021, 11:40 am

Modi tweeted, "Urging the people of West Bengal in whose seats there is polling taking place today to vote in record numbers."