West Bengal Assembly Election Phase 6 Polling Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his final poll campaign rally scheduled for tomorrow in West Bengal. He will be chairing a high-level meeting tomorrow over COVID-19 situation. “Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal,” he said in a tweet. Meanwhile, the TMC today alleged that CAPF personnel shot a TMC worker in leg in Kabirul of Ashoknagar constituency under North 24 Parganas district. The incident took place at booth number 79 of Dighra Malikberia area in Ashoknagar. The official version is yet to come in. on the other hand, some TMC and BJP workers clashed in Barrackpore area, which is one of the sensitive constituencies going to polls today. Though, no casualty has been reported yet, more details are awaited in the incident. Polling is underway in the sixth phase of polls in West Bengal today. Long queues were seen outside most of the polling booths even before the voting began. In this phase, elections are being held in 17 seats in the North 24 Parganas district and nine seats in Nadia — most of which has a significant presence of the Matuas, who are crucial to the electoral success of any party in the state. Besides, elections are also being held in the nine seats in Uttar Dinajpur district and eight in Purba Bardhaman. The voting is being held in 14,480 polling stations in the 43 assembly segments in the four districts. Over 1.03 crore voters will decide the political fate of 306 candidates in this phase. Of them, 53.21 lakh are men and 50.65 lakh women, while 256 are third gender. A staggering 1,071 companies of central forces have been deployed in this phase to ensure free and fair voting, officials said. Each company of central force has around 100 personnel and officers.
Around 79.04 per cent voting has been recorded till 5 pm. Polling will continue till 6.30 pm, officials said. Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are being held in eight phases, starting on March 27. Votes will be counted on May 2 with the last phase scheduled to be held on April 29. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the voters to exercise their franchise in the 6th phase. “The people of West Bengal are voting to elect a new assembly. On the sixth phase today, urging those whose seats are polling to exercise their franchise,” he said in a tweet. Prominent names in the sixth phase election include BJP’s national vice president Mukul Roy, TMC ministers Jyotipriyo Mallick, Chandrima Bhattacharya, CPI(M) leader Tanmay Bhattacharya, TMC candidate and film director Raj Chakraborty and actor-turned-politician Koushani Mukherjee.