West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 Phase 2 Polling Highlights: Polling has ended for 30 assembly seats including Nandigram in the second phase of Bengal Assembly elections. Over 83.95 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 PM with highest voting in Bankura and lowest in Paschim Medinipur. Nandigram, where chief minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against Suvendu Adhikari, recorded 80.79 per cent turnout. In West Bengal, 43 Ballot Units and CUs each were replaced following glitches. A total of 192 VVPATs were replaced during polling yesterday.
Earlier, massive face-off between TMC and BJP supporters broke out over Mamata Banerjee’s presence at a booth in Nandigram. Supporters from the both sides claimed that people had come there from outside. Chanting Jai Shri Ram, a sea of BJP supporters demanded Mamata Banerjee to leave the area. They claimed that Mamata had brought people from outside.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari’s convoy had come under attack in Nandigram. According to reports, stones were thrown at cavalcade of Suvendu Adhikari. However, it missed and hit media car instead. The incident took place in Takapura area of Nandigram. Also, a vehicle of media personnel was attacked near booth number 170 in Kamalpur, Nandigram. Suvendu Adhikari claimed the TMC leaders were behind the attack. “These are work of Pakistanis, ‘Jay Bangla’ is a slogan from Bangladesh. There are voters from a particular community at that booth who are doing this,” Adhikari said.
In the morning, violence was reported from parts of districts going to polls in Phase-2. A woman polling agent of BJP at booth number 173 in Keshpur was beaten up allegedly by TMC workers. And, local BJP leader Tanmay Ghosh’s car was vandalised in Keshpur assembly constituency. Some CPIM workers agitated at Ghatal after they were allegedly stopped by TMC workers as they were on their way to cast their vote.
Mamata pressurized DM & SDO during last general polls. In Arambag, BJP candidate lost by 2,500 votes because votes of 16 EVMs were not counted. BJP had won Jhargram & Purulia Zilla Parishads but votes for lotus symbol were replaced with TMC symbol overnight: Suvendu Adhikari, BJP (ANI)
90% of the votes have gone to BJP (in Nandigram): Suvendu Adhikari, BJP candidate from Nandigram Assembly seat (ANI)
As per our information, Mamata Banerjee is winning with a huge margin (in Nandigram) and the opposition candidate is nowhere near her: Former Union Minister & TMC leader Yashwant Sinha
There have been some specific incidents that CM referred to, in her statement today about booths. We’ll consider taking next step because we want to do this not for just winning Nandigram or West Bengal but we need to do it for keeping democracy in place. We know we’ll win both (Nandigram & West Bengal). Even though we may win, we may still consider going to the Election Commission. We are considering it for a few booths: Derek O Brien, TMC (ANI)
West Bengal Election 2021: Voting has ended for phase two election of West Bengal. The Election Commission has informed that 80.43 per cent turnout was recorded till 6 PM.
Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram: Mamata stalled voting for 2 hours here. Around 90% of voting has happened in Nandigram but it is only 78% at this booth. Voting is going on peacefully here. There is no issue. There is no worker of TMC in this area. She is doing drama.
West Bengal Election LIVE: 80.43 per cent turnout was recorded till 5.30 PM
District-wise turnout till 5.30 PM
Paschim Medinipur: 78.05%
Purbo Medinipur: 81.23%
South 24 Parganas: 79.66%
Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram: 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.
Why 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?
West Bengal Election 2021: The TMC has lodged 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,” it reads.
West Bengal Election 2021: BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari who is contesting from Nandigram constituency arrives at a polling booth in Boyal where CM Mamata Banerjee had visited earlier. He says, “She doesn’t have any support. She has lost it (poll).”
PM Modi in Uluberia: Didi, is there any truth in the rumour that you are going to file nomination from another constituency? First you went there (Nandigram), and people gave you an answer. If you go somewhere else, people of Bengal are ready.
Nandigram Election 2021: BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari claims that his challenger Mamata Banerjee has lost Nandigram, which went to polls today in Phase-2. Ashikari says Mamata has no support in Nandigram.
Mamata Banerjee on filing FIR over allegations of booth rigging: We will check all footage of the polling booth and take appropriate steps.
Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram: I am showing you ‘V’ for victory sign. I’m sorry Election Commission and Amit Shah, please control your goons who are heckling woman journalists in rallies. I can’t reveal what I discussed with Observer and Governor, it’s confidential. I haven’t seen such a bad election.
PM Modi in Uluberia: People of Bengal have decided — Didi must go. People of Nandigram have fulfilled this dream today. People can’t wait any longer to save their future and identity. They are not just participating in polling, they are paving the way for renaissance in Bengal:
South 24Parganas voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM
Paschim Medinipur voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM
Kharagpur Sadar: 65.01
Bankura voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM
Katulpur: 77.86Onda: 71.29
West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: Till 3.30 PM, 71.89 per cent turnout was recorded in Purbo Medinipur.
Turnout in Assembly Constituencies
Panskura Paschim: 72.73
Panskura Purba: 68.45
West Bengal Election LIVE: 71.07 per cent recorded turnout till 3.30 PM. Highest voting in Bankura
District-wise turnout till 3.30 PM
Paschim Medinipur: 70.27%
Purbo Medinipur: 71.89%
South 24 Parganas: 65.83%
BJP candidate from Keshpur Pritish R Kuar: I was going to a booth. There was a QRT of Police in front of our car and behind them was local media. When we reached there, there were ‘Trinamooli gundas’. My security took us to car, where goons started hitting us with bricks and lathis. There were 7 people in our car and all were attacked. Security was there but they were helpless. We were crying for our lives. We left the place and entered a house where minority women saved us and took care of us
West Bengal Election 2021: Rucks continues near a polling booth in Debra where locals had earlier alleged that people from outside are being called to create problems here. Locals now say, “We want Bharti didi to leave immediately”. BJP’s Bharti Ghosh and TMC’s Humayun Kabir contesting from Debra.
BJP’s Bharti Ghosh says: Some people weren’t allowed to vote. They were beaten up and made to leave. Those who weren’t allowed to vote blocked my way and narrated their ordeal. That’s why I called election agent here. Unnecessary havoc being created so that I get stuck.
PM Modi in Jaynagar: Some days ago, I visited Bangladesh where I offered prayers at Jeshoreshwari temple. Didi objected to it. In Orakandi, I sought blessing for the country during my visit to sacred land of Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur. She got very angry. Is visiting a temple wrong?
PM Modi in Jayanagar: Mamata Didi has issues with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan. Entire Bengal knows it. Didi has issues with Durga idol immersion. Entire Bengal knows it. Didi has now problems with vermillion and saffron cloth. Didi’s men now call chotiwalas as rakshasas
PM Narendra Modi in Jaynagar: Now, I am listening to Didi saying – ‘cool, cool’. Didi, Trinamool is not cool, it is a ‘shool’. Trinamool is a ‘shool’ that gave unbearable pain to people of Bengal.
PM Modi in Jayanagar: Some weeks ago, people of Bengal were saying that BJP will get more than 200 seats. But BJP’s strong start in the first phase makes it clear that the voices of people have received God’s blessing. BJP will get more than 200 seats in Bengal. During the second phase of voting today, people are reaching polling booths in large numbers. Everywhere, there is only BJP. There is a BJP wave in Bengal.
Nandigram: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar over the phone at a polling booth in Nandigram. She says, “…They didn’t allow the local people to cast their vote. From morning I am campaigning…Now I am appealing to you, please see…”
West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata Banerjee, whose presence in Nandigram triggered massive face-off between TMC and BJP supporters, has dialled Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, seeking ‘free and fair’ election. Over hundreds of supporters from both the sides are currently present outside a booth at Gokul Pur in Nandigram. Banerjee is still present in the area and local BJP supporters are protesting against the chief minister.
West Bengal Election 2021: People who are raising slogans are outsiders. They came from Bihar and UP, they are being protected by Central Forces, says chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal Election 2021: Massive chaos has erupted over Mamata Banerjee’s presence at a polling booth in Nandigram. According to reports, TMC supporters claim that they were not being allowed to vote. Later, Mamata Banerjee reached the booth along with hundreds of supporters following which saffron party supporters came out protesting agianst the chief minister. BJP supporters are demanding Mamata leave the area. They say Mamata has brough people from ourtside. Police and central forces are trying to control the situation.
Battleground Nandigram: Big face-off breaks out between the supporters of TMC and the BJP at Gokul Nagar over Mamata Banerjee’s presence at a polling booth. Speaking to a TV channel, a woman says people from a certain community hates them and had come there from other places to support TMC.
West Bengal Election 2021: Two groups of people clashed with each other after mamata Banerejee reached a polling booth at Gokul Nagar in Nandigram. Hundreds of people came out shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ after Banerjee reached the booth in Nandigram. They were protesing the presence of Banerjee near the polling booth in Gokul Nagar.
West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 59.41 per cent turnout recorded till 1.30 PM in Bankura district.
Bankura Assembly Constituencies – voter turnout till 1.30 PM
West Bengal Elections LIVE: 58 per cent turnout has been recorded till 1.30 PM.
Bankura: 59.41 per cent
Paschim Medinipur: 59.32 per cent
Purbo Medinipur: 60.32 per cent
South 24 Parganas: 48.13 per cent
Purbo Medinipur Assembly Seats
Panskura Paschim: 63.42
West Bengal Election 2021: TMC’s Derek O Brien writes to EC alleging booth capture by BJP workers in Nandigram Assembly Constituency.
“Huge mob of BJP workers have entered booth no.s 6,7,49,27,162,21,26,13,262,256,163,20. BJP workers attempting to take control of EVM & rigging the booth,” he writes to EC.
West Bengal Election 2021: Vehicle of media personnel attacked near booth number 170 in Kamalpur, Nandigram.
“These are work of Pakistanis, ‘Jay Bangla’ is a slogan from Bangladesh. There are voters from a particular community at that booth who are doing this,” says BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari.
West Bengal election 2021: The second phase of polling recorded a high voter turnout of 37.42 per cent till 11 am. The situation was tense in a few areas with a few skirmishes reported, but tight security cover in all 30 constituencies which went to polls averted any major incidents. “We have 37.42 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in all seats where polling is underway for the second phase. The polling so far has been peaceful,” an Election Commission official said.
The entire Nandigram constituency where chief minister Mamata Benrjee is locked in a high-stakes electoral battle with her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari now with the BJP, has been placed under Section 144, to avoid any untoward incident. However, protesters blocked the road in Nandigram’s Block 1 alleging Central forces stopped them from going to the polling stations. “The CRPF personnel accompanying Suvendu Adhikari stopped us from casting our votes,” a protester said.
In another incident, a person was detected with a fake voter ID and was subsequently arrested. Banerjee decided to stay at her `war room’ in the Reyapara area in Nandigram during the polls, to monitor the situation. The chief minister is slated to later visit various polling booths. Around 35 per cent of electors exercised their franchise till 11 am in the agrarian constituency in Purba Medinipur district, an Election Commission official said. Barring an incident in the Bhimkata area in Nandigram where the BJP candidate faced an agitation by a group of TMC workers who shouted slogans against him, there were no incidents of face-offs or skirmishes in Nandigram, he added. (PTI)
West Bengal Elections LIVE: 37.42 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am in 30 seats where polling is underway for second phase.
Bankura: 36.92 per cent
Paschim Medinipur: 41.49 per cent
Purbo Medinipur: 38.27 per cent
South 24 Parganas: 27.05 per cent
Purbo Medinipur Assembly Seats
Panskura Paschim: 37.30
Battleground Nandigram: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to stay at her war room in the Reyapara area during the polls in the Nandigram assembly constituency where she is locked in a fierce prestige battle with confidante-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP. She is monitoring the situation in the high-profile constituency where polling began at 7 am as some local TMC leaders complained of their election agents not being allowed to enter several booths.
There have been no reports of violence or clashes among political activists in the constituency, barring an incident in the Bhimkata area in Nandigram where the BJP candidate faced an agitation by a group of TMC workers who shouted slogans against him. Banerjee, who had earlier decided to leave the area for campaigning in North Bengal after the polling ended at 6:30 PM on Thursday, changed her plans this morning. “She has decided to stay back and leave tomorrow. Banerjee will monitor the situation in the area, and if needed, she will go to spots,” a senior TMC leader accompanying her said. (PTI)