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.
The 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.
West Bengal Election Phase-5 Live: West Bengal Election Phase 5 Polling Live Updates, WB Assembly Election 2021 Phase 5 Voting Percentage Live
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.