West Bengal Elections Phase-3 Voting News: Voting concludes, 77.68 per cent turnout till 5PM

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Updated: April 6, 2021 6:51:37 pm

WB Assembly Election Polls Live, West Bengal Election 2021 Phase-3 Voting: Over 77 per cent voting till 5PM. Polling is underway for 31 seats spread across three districts — 16 in South 24 Parganas (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I).

West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 3 Polling, West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Voting Live UpdatesWest Bengal Phase-3 Voting Live: For 31 seats, 205 candidates are in fray and more than 78.5 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.

West Bengal Assembly Election Phase-3 Polling Live Updates: Nearly 78 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm in phase three of West Bengal assembly election 2021. Polling is currently underway for 31 seats spread across three districts — 16 in South 24 Parganas (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I). Hooghly recorded highest voting at 79.29 per cent followed by Howrah 77.92 per cent and South 24 Parganas 76.74 per cent.

Prime Minister Modi today said that the situation is such that the TMC was not getting polling agents at polling booths. “Few days back, didi was accusing the Election Commission and security forces of stopping her polling agent. Now she has accepted that her polling agents are revolting against her,” he said while addressing a rally at Howrah. He furher said that the truth of whatever Didi did to West Bengal has come out. This is why, he said, Didi is threatening people of West Bengal. “Didi says ‘Amra dekhe nebo’, BJP says ‘Amra seva korbo’. We are humbly asking for a chance to serve people,” PM Modi said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today claimed that BJP workers were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC members and party candidates. At a public meeting in Alipurduar district, she said that her party’s nominee in Arambagh, Sujata Mondal, was chased and hit on head near a polling booth by saffron party workers. “They (BJP) have inflicted serious injury on our Scheduled Caste candidate Sujata, when she visited a booth. They also hit another candidate in Khanakul. In Canning East, security forces prevented our nominee Shaukat Mollah from entering a booth. There had been numerous such instances of attack on our candidates, party workers across the state,” the chief minister said.

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    17:56 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Diamond Harbour: Voters say TMC workers didn't let them vote

    West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: Many voters at a polling booth in Diamond Harbour constituency claimed that TMC workers didn't let them vote. "Officials came here but didn't facilitate voting for us," said a woman.

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    17:31 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 76.07 per cent voter turnout till 5 PM

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 76.07 per cent voter turnout has been recorded. Highest tunrout in Hooghly at 79.29 per cent while lowest in South 24 Parganas at 75.15 per cent. Howrah has recorded 77.85 per cent. Polling is currently underway.   

    Hooghly: 7.29%Howrah: 77.85%South 24 Parganas: 75.15%

    Hooghly - Voter Turnout till 5 PM

    Arambagh: 79.00Dhanekhali: 79.21 Goghat: 84.71Haripal: 75.38Jangipara: 80.22Khanakul: 76.00Pursurah: 82.00Tarakeswar: 78.37 

    Howrah - Voter Turnout till 5 PM

    Amta: 73.27Bagnan: 80.26Jagatballavpur: 78.13Shyampur: 80.00Udaynarayanpur: 80.25Uluberia Dakshin: 81.00Uluberia Uttar: 72.00

    South 24 Parganas - Voter Turnout till 5 PM

    Baruipur Pachim: 75.60Baruipur Purba: 73.20Basanti: 80.26Bishnupur: 79.00Canning Paschim: 80.00Canning Purba: 79.86Diamond Harbour: 75.17Falta: 75.21Joynagar: 76.30Kulpi: 76.41Kultali: 76.24Magrahat Paschim: 74.84Magrahat Purba: 74.21Mandirbazar: 74.87Raidighi: 77.63Satgachhia: 78.00

    17:20 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling: 76.07 per cent turnout till 5PM, highest polling in Hooghly

    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling LIVE: Over 76 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm in phase three of West Bengal assembly election 2021. Polling is currently underway for 31 seats spread across three districts — 16 in South 24 Parganas (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I). Hooghly recorded highest voting at 79.29 per cent followed by Howrah 77.85 per cent and South 24 Parganas 75.15 per cent.

    17:00 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Visual from Canning Assembly Constituency of South 24 Parganas

    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling LIVE: Voter's are in queue to cast their vote at 138 Canning Paschim (SC) Assembly Constituency of South 24 Parganas District. 

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    16:53 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    PM Modi targets Mamata over 'Bhaipo Service Tax'

    PM Modi in Howrah: Tape revealing Trinamool's syndicate is discussed in the country. How a construction syndicate developed from New Town. The whole country listened to how 'Bhaipo service tax' made things miserable in many cities of West Bengal including Howrah. Disappointed over her defeat, Didi (Mamata Banerjee) is abusing me. People of West Bengal are disheartened with her attitude. Country and World are discussing what kind of West Bengal's image Didi is presenting.

    16:37 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Didi has insulted you, respond to her in election, PM Modi to voters in Howrah

    PM Modi in Howrah: Didi has accused you of taking money and selling your votes. Do you do this? Isn't this your insult? You must respond to this in the elections. 

    16:23 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    TMC not getting polling agents at polling booths, says PM Modi in Howrah

    PM Modi in Howrah: The situation is such that Didi's party is not getting polling agents at polling booths. Few days back, didi was accusing EC and security forces of stopping her polling agent. Now she has accepted that her polling agents are revolting against her.

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    15:51 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: Latest update from Tarakeswar  

    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling: Media persons and volunteers alleged that they were pushed out by security personnel from the premises of a polling booth in Tarakeswar, Hooghly

    BJP candifdate from Tarakeswar Swapan Das Gupta: There is an accusation that a senior police officer is cutting TMC voters here. They have hit many people and abused women with an idea to ensure that people must leave. I find it objectionable that there are West Bengal Police personnel without any name tags.

    15:40 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary targets TMC after EVMs and VVPAT found at its leader's house

    West Bengal Election 2021: Commenting on EVMs and VVPAT found at TMC leader's house, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary says that in West Bengal, administration conducts polls in favour of ruling party. "That is why, in last Panchayat polls in West Bengal, 34 per cent of voters couldn't vote. It resulted in an unopposed victory of ruling party on 20,000 seats".

    15:31 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 65.57 per cent turnout till 3 PM

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 65.57 per cent voter turnout has been recorded. Highest tunrout has been recorded in Hooghly at 69.50 per cent while lowest in South 24 Parganas at 65.59 per cent. 

    District-Wise Turnout 

    Hooghly: 69.50%Howrah: 66.06%South 24 Parganas: 65.59%

    Assembly-wise Turnout

    Hooghly - Turnout till 3 PM

    Arambagh: 74.00Dhanekhali: 68.91 Goghat: 76.34Haripal: 69.32Jangipara: 72.30Khanakul: 59.00Pursurah: 76.00Tarakeswar: 60.64 

    Howrah - Turnout till 3 PM

    Amta: 68.09Bagnan: 70.69Jagatballavpur: 67.10Shyampur: 70.00Udaynarayanpur: 71.39Uluberia Dakshin: 52.00Uluberia Uttar: 62.35

    South 24 Parganas - Turnout till 3 PM

    Baruipur Pachim: 65.80Baruipur Purba: 63.81Basanti: 70.86Bishnupur: 64.00Canning Paschim: 64.79Canning Purba: 66.81Diamond Harbour: 66.40Falta: 65.60Joynagar: 64.20Kulpi: 66.30Kultali: 65.17Magrahat Paschim: 64.70Magrahat Purba: 63.90Mandirbazar: 64.60Raidighi: 67.20Satgachhia: 65.00

    15:23 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Phase-3 Voting LIVE: 65.57 per cent turnout till 3 pm, highest in Hooghly

    West Bengal Election Phase-3 Polling LIVE: 65.57 per cent polling has been recorded till 3 pm in phase three of West Bengal Election 2021. Polling is currently underway for 31 seats spread across three districts — 16 in South 24 Parganas (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I). Highest voting has been recorded in Hooghly at 67.73 per cent followed by South 24 Parganas 65.59 per cent and Howrah 65.13 per cent.

    15:14 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata says BJP men forcibly occupying booths

    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling LIVE: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed BJP workers were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC members, including party candidates. She asserted that she would not get bogged down by such "intimidatory tactics". At a public meeting in Alipurduar district, Banerjee said her party's nominee in Arambagh, Sujata Mondal, was chased and hit on head near a polling booth by saffron party workers. "They have inflicted serious injury on our Scheduled Caste candidate Sujata, when she visited a booth. They also hit another candidate in Khanakul. In Canning East, security forces prevented our nominee Shaukat Mollah from entering a booth. There had been numerous such instances of attack on our candidates, party workers across the state," the chief minister said. The chief minister further stated that she has received at least 100 complaints of assault and violence since morning, and the EC has been duly informed but to no avail. Alleging that a deep-rooted conspiracy has been hatched by the BJP leadership in Delhi after experiencing "poor turnout" in rallies, Banerjee said "Security forces have been asked not to resist booth capturing." "Four of our activists have been murdered since the elections began, but no action has been taken. But you (BJP) cannot terrorise us, intimidate us by such acts," Banerjee added. (PTI)

    14:55 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Didi asking Muslims to back her reflects minority votes slipping away: Modi in Cooch Behar  

    West Bengal, Cooch Behar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for seeking en bloc voting by Muslims for the TMC and said had his party made a similar appeal to Hindus, it would have been criticised and censured. Asserting that Banerjee has problems with people sporting a Tilak and wearing saffron, Modi said the TMC supremo's appeal to the Muslims reflects that her "minority votes are slipping out of her hands." Claiming a BJP wave was blowing across West Bengal and his party would form the next government, Modi said Banerjee's angry reactions indicates that she has lost the polls. "Didi recently asked all Muslims to vote en bloc for her. It shows that the Muslim vote bank is slipping out of her hands. Had we said the same thing that all Hindus should unite, everybody would have criticised us.The EC would have sent us notices. We would have been censored," he said while addressing an election rally here. Taking a dig at Banerjee's comment, rhetorically questioning whether BJP leaders predicting the party's victory were gods or superhumans, Modi said no one needs be superhuman to predict BJP's victory as the wave in favour of the saffron camp speaks for itself. "Didi's exit is imminent. That is clear after the first two phases of polling," he said. Modi also claimed Banerjee had hurt Bengalis' self-esteem by alleging people come to his rallies for money. Accusing the TMC dispensation of indulging in rampant corruption, Modi said: "Didi has started a new tax in Bengal - 'Bhaipo Service Tax'!". (PTI)

    14:40 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    Hooghly District Control Room monitoring Election Process

    West Bengal Election Polling LIVE: Hooghly District Control Room has continuously been monitoring the Election Process.  #WestBengalElections2021 

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    14:20 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: Sporadic violence reported in third phase of polls

    West Bengal Election Phase-3 Polling: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported on Tuesday in some areas where voting is underway in the third phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, even as the overall situation by and large remained peaceful with 34.71 per cent turnout recorded till 11 am. Voting is underway in 16 seats in South 24 Parganas district (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I). Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged "blatant misuse" of central forces to "influence voters". "The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party," she tweeted. She shared a screengrab of a scuffle between BJP and TMC supporters in Goghat constituency. 

    TMC turncoat and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour seat, Dipak Haldar alleged that his former party is not allowing voters to come to polling stations. "TMC men are not allowing BJP supporters to come out and vote freely, and unfortunately, the central forces are mute spectators," he said. The ruling party in the state has dubbed the allegations as "baseless". In Dhanekhali seat, state minister Asima Patra accused the central forces of high-handedness and alleged that voters were being stopped from coming to the polling stations by the BJP "goons", an allegation dismissed by the saffron party. 

    In Khanakul, TMC candidate Najmul Karim was allegedly assaulted by the BJP workers and slogans were raised against him. Later, central forces rescued him from the area. In Arambagh, Sujata Mondal Khan accused the BJP of threatening the TMC supporters. A BJP supporter's family member was allegedly killed in Hooghly district, hours before the commencement of polling in the area. Madhabi Adak succumbed to her injuries sustained while protecting her son from a few men who barged into their house. (PTI)

    14:02 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election: 51.67 per cent turnout till 1 pm in South 24 Parganas

    South 24 Parganas - Turnout till 1 PM

    Baruipur Pachim: 54.30Baruipur Purba: 52.20Basanti: 57.94Bishnupur: 53.00Canning Paschim: 51.23Canning Purba: 48.16Diamond Harbour: 51.20Falta: 49.70Joynagar: 49.10Kulpi: 49.80Kultali: 49.15Magrahat Paschim: 49.10Magrahat Purba: 48.20Mandirbazar: 48.50Raidighi: 51.20Satgachhia: 62.00

    13:59 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    TMC candidate Sujata Mondal attacked by BJP workers, Derek O'Brien writes to EC

    TMC's Derek O'Brien writes to EC: Goons of BJP attacked TMC candidate Sujata Mondal at Arandi-I booth no.263 Mahallapara. Her personal security officer has suffered injuries on head and is in critical state. The CRPF personnel were silent spectators. You are called upon to apprehend the goons of BJP, ensure that no corrupt practices take place, ensure the safety of our workers/members, ensure that polls are conducted freely and fairly. 

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    13:47 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 53.95 per cent turnout till 1PM in Howrah

    Howrah - Voter Turnout till 1 PM

    Amta: 53.00Bagnan: 51.00Jagatballavpur: 54.15Shyampur: 53.00Udaynarayanpur: 59.54Uluberia Dakshin: 52.00Uluberia Uttar: 55.16

    13:39 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 53.89 per cent turnout till 1 PM

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 53.89 per cent voter turnout has been recorded. 

    Highest tunrout has been recorded in Hooghly at 58.15 per cent while lowest in South 24 Parganas at 51.67 per cent. 

    Hooghly: 58.15%Howrah: 53.95%South 24 Parganas: 51.67%

    Hooghly

    Arambagh: 59.00%Dhanekhali: 53.20% Goghat: 61.38%Haripal: 53.05%Jangipara: 57.68%Khanakul: 59.00%Pursurah: 62.00%Tarakeswar: 60.64%

    13:23 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: EVMs, VVPATs found at TMC leader's home, poll official suspended

    West Bengal Election 2021: Four EVMs and a similar number of VVPATs were found at the house of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal's Howrah district, following which a poll official was suspended. The incident happened in Tulsiberia village in the Uluberia Uttar assembly segment. 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. Then, it was found that the officer of sector 17 Tapan Sarkar was visiting the TMC leader's house with the EVMs. The EVMs and VVPATs were seized and the officer suspended. "The four machines are not being used in today'spolling. 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. A huge team of central forces had to be deployed in the area as the locals protested, alleging malpractices. Even the Block Development Officer (BDO) was gheraoed when he had reached the spot to pacify the crowd. BJP candidate Chiran Bera alleged that the incident was part of TMC's plan to rig the election, a charge denied by the ruling party. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, "This is an old habit of the TMC. It takes time to get over the old habits. They have been caught red-handed and it shows what they are up to." Polling was underway in the area in the third phase of elections. (PTI)

    13:18 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    PM Modi: You (Mamata) lost the poll the day you did Khela in Nandigram

    PM Modi in Cooch Behar: Didi has been asking "Is BJP God that it already knows it is winning polls?" I want to say to her that we are normal people engaged in the service of public. I want to tell the people that I will return your love with interest in the form of development. Didi, the day you did 'khela' at the polling booth in Nandigram, the same day the country knew that you have lost the elections.

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    13:02 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    PM Modi in Cooch Behar: It is certain that you (Mamata) will lose

    PM Modi in Cooch Behar: Didi, you are not proud that West Bengal is seeing more than 80% voter turnout. It means that you are losing. Didi, it is certain that you will lose. Didi, you have scored an own-goal (like in football) in these elections.

    12:56 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021: PM targets Mamata for urging Muslims to unite

    PM Modi in Cooch Behar: Recently, Didi said that every Muslim must get together and not allow their votes to be divided. Didi, it means you know that the Muslim votebank, that you considered your strength, is also slipping away from you!

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    12:47 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    TMC's exit has already been confirmed, says PM Modi in Cooch Behar

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: PM Modi is addressing a rally in Cooch Behar. Speaking at the rally, Prime Minister Modi said that in the last two phases of voting, TMC and didi's exit has already been confirmed. "People in huge numbers have come out and voted in our favour. The wave of BJP in Bengal has cornered Didi's goons and her nephew."

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    12:43 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    BJP supporter's wife killed in Bengal's Goghat

    West Bengal Election 2021: The wife of a BJP supporter was allegedly killed in West Bengal's Hooghly district, hours before polling began in the area. The incident happened in the politically sensitive Goghat area of the district on Monday around 11 pm. Madhabi Adak was injured as she tried to save her husband when a few men barged into their home and attacked him. Adak's family alleged that the Trinamool Congress was behind the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party. "The woman tried to resist the attackers and was beaten up, following which she died. The miscreants then escaped," a police officer said. The BJP has lodged a complaint at the local police station in connection with the incident, he said. An investigation is underway and efforts are being made to nab those behind it, he said. (PTI)

    12:37 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: Nearly 37 per cent turnout in Howrah

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 36.97 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Howrah. 

    Highest tunrout has been recorded in Udaynarayanpur assembly seat at 38.45 per cent. 

    Howrah

    Amta: 37.00Bagnan: 38.25Jagatballavpur: 34.80Shyampur: 38.45Udaynarayanpur: 38.51Uluberia Dakshin: 34.00Uluberia Uttar: 38.25

    12:30 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling LIVE: Clash erupts between TMC and BJP supporters in Arambag

    West Bengal Phase-3 Polling LIVE: Clash erupts between TMC and BJP supporters in Arambag as voting in assembly elections is underway. "In Arandi-I area here, we have minority, SC voters who love Mamata Banerjee. Goons of BJP threatened and tortured women voters last night," says Sujata Mondal, TMC candidate from Arambagh.

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    12:27 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    SI Sujit Chakraborty of CID suspended, informs SP Howrah (Rural)

    West Bengal Election 2021, Phase-3 Voting LIVE: SI Sujit Chakraborty of CID deputed to here for law and order duty suspended for gross negligence and callous activity in performing duty as sector officer under Sector no 17, Rajapur PS. Three Home Guards of Howrah (rural) District temporarily demobilised for their failure in performing their duty during assembly elections: SP Howrah (Rural) District

    11:53 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election LIVE: 37.26 per cent turnout in Hooghly, highest in Tarakeswar

    Hooghly voter turnout: So far, 37.26 per cent turnout has been recorded in the districts. Highest turnout has been in Tarakeshwar at 42.32 per cent. 

    Hooghly

    Arambagh: 40.00Dhanekhali: 38.18 Goghat: 35.67Haripal: 37.00Jangipara: 38.41Khanakul: 26.50Pursurah: 41.00Tarakeswar: 42.32

    11:50 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 35 per cent turnout till 11:15 AM

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 34.71 per cent voter turnout has been recorded, as per ELection Commission. 

    Highest tunrout has been recorded in Hooghly at 37.26 per cent while lowest in South 24 Parganas at 32.44 per cent. 

    Hooghly: 37.26%Howrah:36.97%South 24 Parganas: 32.44%

    11:46 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    EC suspends officer found with EVM, VVPATS at TMC leader's house

    The Election Commission has suspended the poll officer who slept overnight with an electronic voting machine at the home of his relative, a Trinamool Congress leader. The commission said that the EVM and VVPAT will not be used in the polls. The poll officer, Tapan Sarkar, was deputed for Howrah's Sector 17 in AC 177 Uluberia Uttar. He was found to have taken a reserve voting machine to his relative's home. The commission has said that charges for major punishment will now be framed against Sarkar. The poll body said that this was a gross violation of its instructions for which the sector officer had been suspended and "charges will be framed for major punishment". "The sector police attached to the officer have also been directed to be suspended."

    11:39 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Dipak Haldar complains to EC

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE | BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Dipak Haldar: TMC goons are not allowing people to cast their votes at booth no. 180, 143 Dagira Baduldanga. I have complained to the Election Commission officials. 

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    11:22 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: Nearly 30 per cent turnout till 11 AM

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: So far, 29.96 per cent voter turnout has been recorded, as per ELection Commission. 

    Highest tunrout has been recorded in Howrah at 36.97 per cent while lowest in South 24 Parganas. 

    Hooghly: 34.76%Howrah:36.97%South 24 Parganas: 29.64%

    11:13 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    TMC leader says situation at some places not okay in Arambagh, Hooghly

    West Bengal Election 2021: Situation is fine at many places but not okay where we are strong. At booth 45, people voted for TMC but it's going to BJP. In Arandi-ii, our workers were beaten. Central Forces are also not neutral.They are telling people to vote for BJP, says Sujata Mondal, TMC candidate from Arambagh. 

    11:09 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election: BJP demands inquiry into VVPATs and EVMs found in TMC leader's house

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar: Today is third phase of polling in West Bengal and yet another TMC attempt has been exposed. Last night in Uluberia, from the residence of TMC leader Gautam Ghosh, 4 VVPATs and EVMs were found and confiscated. Machines were brought by car which was on election duty. It's more serious because today is voting. The Election Commission has taken action not to use those machines and suspend the officer. But this may be a bigger thing than it seems. So we demand that there should be full inquiry of these VVPATs and EVMs found in his house. 

    11:02 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    ITBP jawans guarding polling booths in Dakshin Barasat, South 24 Parganas

    West Bengal Assembly elections LIVE: ITBP jawans guarding polling booths in Dakshin Barasat, South 24 Parganas during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections. 

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    11:01 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    ITBP jawan carries a senior citizen to help her reach a polling booth in Kulpi

    West Bengal Elections 2021: An ITBP jawan carries a senior citizen to help her reach a polling booth in Kulpi, Sundarban to cast her vote for the third phase of West Bengal election 2021. 

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    10:40 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 14.62 per cent turnout was recorded till 9AM

    West Bengal Election 2021: 14.62 per cent turnout was recorded till 9AM. Highest turnout was recorded in Hooghly while lowest was seen in South 24 Parganas.  

    Hooghly: 17.21 per cent

    Howrah: 15.53 per cent 

    South 24 Parganas: 12.89 per cent

    10:15 (IST)06 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election: Cast your votes, India is counting on you, says Rahul Gandhi

    West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today urged people to cast their vote, saying "India is counting on you". Polling is taking place for 31 seats in the third of the eight-phase West Bengal assembly elections, while 40 seats are at stake in the final and third phase of the assembly elections in Assam. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are voting on Tuesday in single-phase assembly elections. "Do cast your votes today- India is counting on you," Gandhi tweeted.

    In a tweet, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "As polling begins in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, I request my sisters and brothers to go out and vote in large numbers and ensure a strong, progressive and prosperous future for themselves." In a Facebook post, she also urged people in Assam to vote in large numbers and strengthen the democratic process. "Brothers and sisters in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, it is time to exercise your democratic right, Go Vote! for peace and progress," the Congress tweeted from its official Twitter handle.

    The Election Commission yesterday described as sensitive all the 31 West Bengal assembly constituencies where voting is underway in the third phase 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).
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