West Bengal Elections Phase 2 Voting Highlights: 83.95 per cent turnout recorded till 6 PM; both TMC, BJP claim upper hand

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Updated: April 2, 2021 7:42:00 am

WB Assembly Election 2021, West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 2 Voting News Updates: Nandigram, where chief minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against Suvendu Adhikari, recorded over 80 per cent turnout till 6 PM.

West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 2 Polling, West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Voting Live UpdatesBesides Nandigram, some other key constituencies going to polls in the second phase are Tamluk, Haldia, Bankura, Kharagpur Sadar, Chandipur, Panskura Paschim, and Moyna.

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.

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    21:02 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: 90% of the votes have gone to BJP in Nandigram, says Suvendu Adhikari

    90% of the votes have gone to BJP (in Nandigram): Suvendu Adhikari, BJP candidate from Nandigram Assembly seat (ANI)

    20:40 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata Banerjee is winning with a huge margin in Nandigram, says TMC leader Yashwant Sinha 

    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 

    20:36 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: We know TMC will win both Nandigram & West Bengal, says Derek O Brien

    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)

    18:13 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Polling ends, 80.43 turnout recorded till 6 PM

    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. 

    17:50 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Mamata stalled voting for 2 hours in Boyal, alleges Suvendu Adhikari

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    17:43 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 80.43 per cent turnout till 5.30 PM

    West Bengal Election LIVE: 80.43 per cent turnout was recorded till 5.30 PM District-wise turnout till 5.30 PM 

    Bankura: 82.78%Paschim Medinipur: 78.05%Purbo Medinipur: 81.23%South 24 Parganas: 79.66%

    17:39 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Amit Shah instructed central forces to help BJP, alleges Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram

    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. 

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    17:37 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: TMC lodges complain alleging booth capturing by BJP workers

    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.

    17:20 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Mamata doesn't have any support, she has lost Nandigram: Suvendu Adhikari

    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)."

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    17:13 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Are going to file nomination from another constituency? Modi asks Mamata Banerjee

    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.  

    17:05 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Mamata has lost Nandigram, claims Suvendu Adhikari 

    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. 

    16:32 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Will check all footage of the polling booth: Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee on filing FIR over allegations of booth rigging: We will check all footage of the polling booth and take appropriate steps.

    16:26 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram: Haven't seen such a bad election in Bengal

    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. 

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    16:24 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    PM Modi in Uluberia: People of Bengal have decided -- Didi Must Go

    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: 

    16:19 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 65.83 per cent turnout in South 24Parganas  

    South 24Parganas voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM 

    Gosaba: 61.47Kakdwip: 63.12Patharpramita: 75.15Sagar: 63.00

    16:15 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 70.27 per cent turnout in Paschim Medinipur 

    Paschim Medinipur voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM 

    Chandrakona: 78.13Daspur: 66.42Debra: 74.80Ghatal: 70.19Keshpur: 74.09 Kharagpur Sadar: 65.01Narayangarh: 67.00Pingla: 68.23Sabang: 68.20

    16:10 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 73.80 per cent turnout in Bankura 

    Bankura voter turnout: Assembly-wise numbers till 3.30 PM  

    Bankura: 67.71Barjora: 74.67Bishnupur: 71.49Indus: 78.44Katulpur: 77.86Onda: 71.29Sonamukhi: 75.99Taldangra: 73.54

    16:05 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 71.89 per cent turnout in Purbo Medinipur 

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: Till 3.30 PM, 71.89 per cent turnout was recorded in Purbo Medinipur. 

    Turnout in Assembly Constituencies

    Chandipur: 73.27Haldia: 69.10Mahishadal: 75.40Moyna: 71.88Nandakumar:72.30Nandigram: 69.53Panskura Paschim: 72.73Panskura Purba: 68.45Tamluk: 74.12

    15:54 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 71.07 per cent turnout till 3.30 PM 

    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 

    Bankura: 73.80%Paschim Medinipur: 70.27%Purbo Medinipur: 71.89%South 24 Parganas: 65.83%

    15:47 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    BJP candidate from Keshpur shares how he was attacked by '"Trinamooli gundas"

    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

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    15:44 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Rucks continues near a polling booth in Debra

    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.

    15:29 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Is visiting a temple wrong? PM Modi targets Mamata Banerjee in Bengal

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    15:22 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Mamata has issues with 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan, says PM Modi in Jayanagar

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    15:20 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    'Trinamool not cool, it's a 'shool': PM Modi responds to Mamata Banerjee 

    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. 

    15:18 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    BJP wave in Bengal, says PM Modi

    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.

    15:08 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Nandgram: Mamata Banerjee speaks to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

    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..."

    14:50 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Amid chaos in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee dials Governor

    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.  

    14:41 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Nandigram: Mamata Banerjee says people raising slogans are outsiders

    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. 

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    14:33 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal: Massive protests against Mamata's presence at a polling booth in Nandigram 

    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. 

    14:17 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    Nandigram: Protests against Mamata Banerjee's presence at polling booth in Gokul Nagar

    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.  

    14:07 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Chaos at Gokul Nagar polling booth in Nandigram

    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.   

    13:58 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Phase-2 Polling: 59.32 per cent voter turnout in Paschim Medinipur

     
    West Bengal Election 2021: Nearly 60 per cent turnout recorded till 1.30 PM.   
     
    Turnout in Assembly Constituencies Chandrakona: 65.19%
    Daspur: 58.28%
    Debra: 60.30%
    Ghatal: 60.13%
    Keshpur: 61.23% 
    Kharagpur Sadar: 54.12%
    Narayangarh: 57.30%

    13:49 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE: 59.41 per cent turnout in Bankura

    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  

    Bankura: 53.94Barjora: 60.30Bishnupur: 55.40Indus: 63.37Katulpur: 60.46Onda: 60.45Sonamukhi: 61.22

    13:39 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Elections Phase-2 Voting LIVE: 58 per cent turnout till 1.30 PM   

    West Bengal Elections LIVE: 58 per cent turnout has been recorded till 1.30 PM.   

    District-wise turnout

    Bankura: 59.41 per centPaschim Medinipur: 59.32 per centPurbo Medinipur: 60.32 per centSouth 24 Parganas: 48.13 per cent

    Purbo Medinipur Assembly Seats 

    Chandipur: 60.77Haldia: 58.15Mahishadal: 59.20Moyna: 65.83Nandakumar: 59.40Nandigram: 56.78Panskura Paschim: 63.42

    13:18 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: TMC alleges booth capture by BJP workers in Nandigram

    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. 

    13:03 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Vehicle of media personnel attacked in Nandigram

    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. 

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    12:45 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal polls by and large peaceful till 11 am, sporadic skirmishes reported

    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)

    12:37 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: 37.42 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 AM

    West Bengal Elections LIVE: 37.42 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am in 30 seats where polling is underway for second phase.

    District-wise turnout

    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 

    Chandipur: 41.25

    Haldia: 35.60

    Mahishadal: 38.95

    Moyna: 42.35

    Nandakumar: 38.60

    Nandigram: 34.12

    Panskura Paschim: 37.30

    12:22 (IST)01 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election: Mamata Banerjee to stay for whole day in Nandigram

    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)

    In Phase-I and Phase-II, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda had led BJP's campaign from the front addressing rallies at Kanthi and Nandigram and urging the electorate to vote for the saffron party to usher in 'ashol poriborton' (actual change) to build 'Sonar Bangla' (prosperous Bengal). Star campaigners of the BJP stressed on various scams of the ruling Trinamool Congress - from the Saradha and Narada tape scam to the recent allegations over the siphoning of funds for Amphan relief and the COVID-19 pandemic. Banerjee, who has chosen to contest from Nandigram instead of from her home seat Bhowanipore in the city, stayed put there and campaigned from her wheelchair. The feisty politician held two back-to-back rallies in Paschim Medinipur despite the early summer heat urging people to vote for TMC so that the development work taken up there by the government continued.
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