West Bengal Election 2021: Amit Shah says four people died in Cooch Behar because of Mamata Banerjee

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Updated: April 11, 2021 6:00:04 pm

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: In the fourth phase, a voter turnout of 78.43 per cent was recorded amid incidents of violence in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar.

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West Bengal Election 2021: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that four people died in firing in Cooch Behar because of Mamata Banerjee, who had encouraged women to gherao central armed police forces (CAPF). “Earlier, Didi encouraged youngsters and women (in Sitalkuchi) to come forward and gherao CAPF. You said and left on your wheelchair. But because of you, four people died there. On the same morning, a BJP worker also died in the constituency,” he said.

Amit Shah held two back-to-back roadshows in West Bengal. HIs first roadshow was in Nadia district’s Santipur and the second in Ranaghat Dakshin. After holding roadshow in Shantipur, Shah said that after his party comes to power, political violence will end in West Bengal. “Except for this one incident (Sitalkuchi), elections in West Bengal have been conducted peacefully so far. I promise that after BJP comes to power here political and poll-related violence will end in Bengal,” he said.

Amit Shah also attacked Mamata Banerjee for questioning firing by central forces in Cooch Behar. He said: “Mamata Banerjee condoled only four people. She didn’t shed a single tear for Anand Burman because he belonged to a Rajvanshi community. He wasn’t fit for her appeasement politics. This type of politics is not the culture of Bengal.” After this, he will have five meetings one more roadshows, two town hall meetings and one public meeting.

West Bengal was scheduled to vote in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. So far, polling for four phases have been completed and the fifth phase will take place on April 17. Voting for phase took place on March 27 (30 seats), second phase on April 1 (30 seats), April 6 (31), and April 10 (44). Bengal has 294-member Assembly.

In the fourth phase, a voter turnout of 78.43 per cent was recorded amid incidents of violence in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar. Highest polling was done in Alipurduar of 81.07 per cent followed by Cooch Behar 80.92 per cent, Hooghly 78.39 per cent, Howrah 77.09 per cent, and South 24 Parganas 76.54 per cent.

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    17:58 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Four people died in Cooch Behar because of Mamata Banerjee: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah in Bengal: Earlier, Didi encouraged youngsters and women (in Sitalkuchi) to come forward and gherao CAPF. You said and left on your wheelchair. But because of you, 4 people died there. On the same morning, a BJP worker also died in the constituency. 

    16:35 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Amit Shah urges voters to give Mamata big farewell by giving 200 seats to BJP

    Amit Shah in Basirhat Dakshin: "Didi is repeatedly saying Amit Shah must resign. Didi when people will ask me to resign then I will. But you must prepare as you will have to resign on May 2. I have come here to make one request. Didi has ruled for 10 years. Would it look good to give her a small farewell? So you should give her a farewell by giving 200 seats to BJP." 

    16:32 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Rahul Gandhi to address two rallies in Goalpokhar and Naxalbari on April 14

    West Bengal Election 2021: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to address two public rallies in Goalpokhar and Naxalbari in West Bengal on April 14.  

    15:22 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Ranaghat Dakshin  

    West Bengal Election 2021: Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Ranaghat Dakshin.

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    15:00 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Amit Shah: Mamata Banerjee still has time to condole the fifth killing

    West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata Banerjee still has time to condole the fifth killing (Anand Burman) and apologise to the people of Bengal for her speech. 

    14:30 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    After BJP comes to power, political violence will end in Bengal: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah in Bengal: Except for this one incident (Sitalkuchi), elections in West Bengal have been conducted peacefully so far. I promise that after BJP comes to power here political and poll-related violence will end in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee condoled only four people. She didn’t shed a single tear for Anand Burman because he belonged to a Rajvanshi community. He wasn’t fit for her appeasement politics. This type of politics is not the culture of Bengal.

    14:02 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Will take revenge for these bullets in form of ballots: Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri 

    Mamata Banerjee: I am a Royal Bengal Tiger. They didn't let me go (to Cooch Behar). I talked to them (families of deceased in firing incident) over video call sitting in Siliguri. They (BJP-ruled Centre) know they have lost in 4 phases (of Assembly polls) so now they are using guns. We will take revenge for these bullets in form of ballots.

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    13:59 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    EC trying to suppress facts by barring entry of politicians in Cooch Behar: Mamata Banerjee 

    West Bengal Election 2021: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today described the incident of firing in Cooch Behar as a "genocide" and said the Election Commission has restricted the entry of politicians in the district for 72 hours as it seeks to "suppress facts". Banerjee claimed that central forces "sprayed bullets aiming at the torso of the victims" in Sitalkuchi area, when the fourth phase of polling was underway in Bengal. "There was genocide at Sitalkuchi. I would like to visit Sitalkuchi by April 14. The EC is trying to suppress facts by restricting entry in Cooch Behar. We have an incompetent home minister and an incompetent central government," Banerjee said. Four persons died on Saturday when CISF personnel opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals, who "attempted to snatch their rifles", the police had said. "The CISF doesn't know how to handle situations. Since the first phase of elections, I had been saying that a section of the central forces are committing atrocities on people. I had flagged the issue in Nandigram, but none paid attention to my words," she stated. 

    13:14 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Nadia district's Santipur

    West Bengal Election 2021: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today holding a roadshow in Nadia district's Santipur. He will speak to media shortly. 

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    12:23 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Mamata Banerjee speaks to families of people died in Cooch Behar

    West Bengal Election 2021: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to the families of people, who had died in a firing incident at Cooch Behar, over a video call during her press conference in Siliguri. "I will come to meet you on April 14," she told them. 

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    11:41 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    EC bans entry of politicians in Cooch Behar for next 72 hours

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: The Election Commission on Saturday put in place certain restrictions, including extending the "silence period" from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth phase of polling in West Bengal after violence in Cooch Behar district. It also barred the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours to prevent any possible law and order flare-up. The decision came after four people were killed in the district as central forces opened fire allegedly when they were attacked by locals who "attempted to snatch their rifles" during the fourth phase of voting on Saturday. "The Election Commission of India further directs that the silence period for phase 5 (i.e. for polls scheduled on April 17) shall be extended to 72 hours and no campaigning shall be permitted during 72 hours before the close of the poll in order to ensure the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections," an EC order said. (PTI)

    11:25 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    Sitalkuchi incident: Mamata targets PM Modi and Amit Shah

    Mamata Banerjee: It's incompetent government with incompetent Prime Minister and Home Minister. They are coming here daily to capture Bengal. You are welcome, nobody has stopped you but make people happy rather than threatening them. You get people killed by central forces and later issue them a clean chit. 

    10:59 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    'It is a genocide': Mamata Banerjee on Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi incident

    West Bengal Eelction 2021: It is a genocide. They sprayed bullets. They could have shot on the leg or the lower body but every bullet hit them in the neck or chest area, says West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri. 

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    10:23 (IST)11 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: Amit Shah to address six public meetings today

    West Bengal Election 2021: Amit Shah will have three roadshows, two town hall meetings and one public meeting. His first two events will be roadshows in Santipur and Ranaghat Dakshin. His third event will be a public meeting in Basirhat Dakshin.  Shah will have another roadshow in Panihati. He will then have two town hall meetings, in Kamarhati at 5.30PM and Rajarhat Gopalpur at 7 PM.

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    West Bengal Election 2021: During the ongoing elections till fourth phase in West Bengal, a record seizure of Rs 283.70 crore had been reported as on April 10. The figure includes seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics, freebies, and it is more than 6.4 times of the total seizure of Rs. 44.33 crore in assembly elections of 2016. A'total of 21,217 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the EC's c-VIGIL app out of which 20,987 were disposed as of 3:00 pm on Saturday, the Election Commission said. In the first major outbreak of violence during the ongoing West Bengal assembly elections, five people were killed, including four in firing by CISF personnel, while five candidates were attacked during polling exercise, triggering a political firestorm. (PTI)
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