West Bengal Elections 2021 Phase 5 Voting Live: Over 78 per cent voting recorded till 5.30 pm; TMC seeks action against BJP over Banerjee’s call recording

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Updated: April 17, 2021 6:01:43 pm

WB Assembly Election Polls Live, West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 5 Voting Percentage Live Updates: Over one crore voters will decide the political fate of 342 candidates in the fifth phase of polls.

West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 5 Polling, West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Voting Live UpdatesThe polling began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

West Bengal Assembly Election Phase 5 Voting Live Updates: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission accusing the BJP of illegally taping the phone of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It urged the EC to take suitable action against the BJP over the issue. Earlier, the BJP had released an audio in which Banerjee could be heard asking TMC’s Cooch Behar leader to carry out rally with the dead bodies of those killed in CISF firing. On the other hand, the BJP today met the Election Commission over the purported audio seeking action against the CM. “As far as the authenticity of the tape is concerned, Derek O’Brien and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy confirmed it in a conversation with media. The only goal of the tape was to create further polarisation,” said Shishir Bajoria of BJP after meeting Election Commission in Kolkata. The party has urged the Election Commission to examine the issue immediately and constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for carrying out a detailed investigation in this regard.

Over 78 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5.30 pm in the fifth phase of polls which is being held amid tight security arrangements in West Bengal after the Cooch Behar incident. Security measures have been heightened for phase five in view of the violence in the previous phase, which witnessed the death of five people in Cooch Behar, including four in CISF firing. The Election Commission has deployed at least 853 companies of central forces to ensure free and fair voting. The polling began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm. There are 342 candidates in the fray for the Phase-V polls. Over one crore voters will decide the political fate of 342 candidates in the fifth phase of polls. Voting will be held at 15,789 polling stations in the 45 constituencies. Prominent names include Siliguri Mayor and Left Front leader Ashok Bhattacharya, state ministers Gautam Deb and Bratya Basu and BJP’s Samik Bhattacharya. Of the 45 constituencies going to polls, 16 seats in North 24 Parganas, eight in Purba Bardhaman, eight in Nadia, seven in Jalpaiguri, five in Darjeeling and one in Kalimpong district.

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    18:01 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Phase-5 Live: 78.36 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5.30 pm

    West Bengal Election Phase-5 Live: 78.36 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5.30 pm

    17:47 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Convoy of Raju Banerjee, BJP candidate from Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas, attacked during fifth phase of voting.

    Convoy of Raju Banerjee, BJP candidate from Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas, attacked during fifth phase of voting. "Bomb & stones have been thrown at me. I have lodged a complaint with Election Commission," he says.

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    17:26 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Phase-5 Live: Around 76.99 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm

    West Bengal Election Phase-5 Live: Around 76.99 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm

    16:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Didi is certainly going on May 2 and BJP is forming the government, says Amit Shah

    I came here today after travelling all over Bengal. I can tell you, Didi is certainly going on May 2 and BJP is forming the government with more than 200 seats: Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah in Ausgram, West Bengal

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    16:12 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty casts her vote

    West Bengal Election Live: TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty casts her vote at a polling booth in Jalpaiguri, in the fifth phase of the State's Assembly election

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    15:26 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC writes to EC seeking action against BJP

    Trinamool Congress (TMC) writes to Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal over "recording of phone conversation between CM Mamata Banerjee and Partha Pratim Ray", asks EC to take necessary action

    15:22 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC goons stopped me at Nayapatti, says BJP candidate

    TMC goons stopped me here at Nayapatti. They are also stopping the voters even as polling is underway: BJP candidate from Bidhan Nagar, Sabyasachi Dutta, in the assembly constituency

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    13:57 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: 54.70 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

    West Bengal Election Live: 54.70 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

    13:52 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC delegation to meet EC

    West Bengal Election Live: Trinamool Congress delegation comprising Yashwant Sinha, Derek O'Brien and Purnendu Basu to meet CEO, West Bengal today, to submit a memorandum. 

    13:05 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: PM Narendra Modi says Mamata Banerjee has old habit of doing politics over dead bodies
    12:21 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: PM Modi accuses TMC, CPIM of running Mafia Raj in Asansol

    साइकिल से लेकर रेल तक, पेपर से लेकर स्टील तक, एल्यूमिनियम से लेकर ग्लास तक, ऐसे अनेक कारखानों में, यहां की फैक्ट्रियों में काम करने के लिए पूरे देश से लोग यहां आते रहे। लेकिन बंगाल में जो सरकारें रहीं, उनके कुशासन ने आसनसोल को कहां से कहां पहुंचा दिया.  जहां लोग चाकरी के लिए आते थे वहां से पलायन कर रहे हैं। मां-माटी-मानुष की बात करने वाली दीदी ने यहां हर तरफ माफिया राज फैला दिया है। आसनसोन की प्राकृतिक संपदा को लूटने के लिए कोयला माफिया। नदियों की बालू को लूटने के लिए अवैध खनन माफिया। सरकारी जमीन पर कब्जे के लिए भूमाफिया: PM Modi

    12:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Live: PM Modi says Asansol, Durgapur has the potential to become industrial hub of India

    आसनसोल हो, दुर्गापुर हो, इस पूरे क्षेत्र में बंगाल ही नहीं बल्कि देश के औद्योगिक विकास का प्रमुख केंद्र बनने की क्षमता हमेशा से है: PM Modi in Bengal

    12:02 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: BJP requests EC to form a SIT to investigate Mamata Banerjee's Sitalkuchi call audio clip

    West Bengal Election Live: As far as the authenticity of the tape is concerned, Derek O'Brien and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy confirmed it in a conversation with media. The only goal of the tape was to create further polarisation. It is requested that the Commission may examine the issue immediately and constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for carrying out a detailed investigation in this regard: BJP writes to West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer

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    11:47 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: State records over 36 per cent polling till 11 am

    West Bengal Election Live: State records over 36 per cent polling till 11 am

    11:36 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Two of our people were injured in stone-pelting by BJP supporters, says TMC's Sujit Bose

    West Bengal Election Live: Two of our people were injured in stone-pelting by BJP supporters at booth numbers 265 & 272. We have informed the election observer and police. The situation is normal now: TMC's Sujit Bose, Bidhan Nagar 

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    10:29 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: BJP doesn't have people's support in Bengal, says GJM chief

    West Bengal Election Live: BJP doesn't have people's support in Bengal. They don't have much influence on ground zero. How can they form the government? Politics is not possible through violence, vandalism, shooting. Politics should be simple. I supported BJP for 15 years but what did it do for my community? Modi had assured us and made a commitment, it has been 6.5-7 years now but it is yet to be completed: GJM (Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha) leaders Bimal Gurung

    10:24 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: EC seeks report over sudden death of a BJP polling agent

    West Bengal Election Live: Election Commission has sought a report over the sudden death of a BJP polling agent at booth number 107 in Kamarhati today. "His name is Abhijeet Samant. Nobody helped him, there is no facility for treatment here," says brother of the deceased BJP polling agent.

    10:09 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: 16.27 per cent voting recorded till 9 am

    West Bengal Election Live: 16.27 per cent voting recorded till 9 am

    09:45 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC's Madan Mitra allegedly searched by Central Forces as he tried to enter a booth

    West Bengal Election Live: I've full authority to enter a polling booth. They (Central forces) even searched my pocket in which I was carrying pictures of my goddess.This is a democratic country. I'm going to meet Chief Election Commissioner, said TMC leader and candidate Madan Mitra who was allegedly searched at booth no. 165/166 Kamarhati

    09:24 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: BJP to meet Election Commission today in Kolkata

    West Bengal Election Live: BJP to meet Election Commission today in Kolkata, on CM and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee's purported audio clip over Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar violence.

    09:06 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Voters maintain social distancing

    West Bengal Election Live: Social distancing is being maintained by the Electors at Polling Station No. 36 (Upper Ladam Prathamik Pathshala) of 22 Kalimpong Assembly Constituency of Kalimpong District. 

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    09:04 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Bengal Minister and TMC candidate from Bidhannagar, Sujit Bose visits polling booth in East Calcutta

    West Bengal Election Live: Bengal Minister and TMC candidate from Bidhannagar, Sujit Bose visits polling booth in East Calcutta Girls College in the assembly constituency, as polling in the fifth phase of assembly elections is underway

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    08:34 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC leader Madan Mitra casts his vote at a polling booth in Kamarhati

    West Bengal Election Live: TMC leader Madan Mitra casts his vote at a polling booth in Kamarhati

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    08:23 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: PM Modi urges people to vote in large numbers

    West Bengal Election Live: PM Modi urges people to vote in large numbers

    08:14 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: TMC leader Madan Mitra offers prayers at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in North 24 Paraganas

    West Bengal Election Live: TMC leader Madan Mitra offers prayers at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in North 24 Paraganas

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    08:07 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Voters queue up outside Hiralal Mazumder Memorial College for Women - designated as a polling booth - in Dakshineswar, Kolkata

    West Bengal Election Live: Voters queue up outside Hiralal Mazumder Memorial College for Women - designated as a polling booth - in Dakshineswar, Kolkata

    07:53 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: It looks like 'khela shesh' so far, says GNLF president Mann Ghising

    West Bengal Election Live: It looks like 'khela shesh' so far. We're keeping a watch. As far as the Hills and our problems are concerned, we want that this government be changed; we want BJP government, we want justice, says Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president Mann Ghising, in Darjeeling

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    07:41 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Assembly Elections Live: Voters queue outside polling booth 263 in Bardhaman South in Phase 5 polls

    West Bengal Assembly Elections Live: Voters queue outside polling booth 263 in Bardhaman South in Phase 5 polls

    07:28 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Polling underway at Booth number 263 in Darjeeling during the fifth phase

    West Bengal Election Live: Polling underway at Booth number 263 in Darjeeling during the fifth phase 

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    07:14 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    West Bengal Election Live: Voters queue up to cast their votes as 5th phase of polling begins; visuals from Kamarhati

    West Bengal Election Live: Voters queue up to cast their votes as 5th phase of polling begins; visuals from Kamarhati

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    Meanwhile, a controversy erupted yesterday after the BJP released a purported audio clip in which Wes Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is heard telling the Trinamool Congress nominee of Sitalkuchi to hold rallies with bodies of the four persons killed in CISF firing during polling on April 10. Claiming that such a conversation never took place, the TMC described the audio clip as "bogus" and wondered whether the Centre is tapping a chief ministers phone. On the other hand, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the EC has curtailed period of campaigning. The Election Commission on Friday invoked is constitutional powers to put in place restrictions on campaigning by political parties, including curtailing its time, for the West Bengal assembly elections. In an order, the poll panel curtailed the time for campaign up to 7 pm. Earlier it was up to 10 pm. "No rallies, public meetings, street plays, nukkad sabhas, shall be allowed on any day during the days of campaign between 7 pm and 10 am with effect from 7 pm of April 16," the order said. It also extended the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours in each of the remaining three of the eight phases of the West Bengal polls to be held on April 22, 26 and 29. The fifth phase is on Saturday.
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