West Bengal elections phase 6 live updates April 22, 2021

Over 1 crore voters in West Bengal will determine the political destiny of 306 candidates on Thursday, when 43 Meeting constituencies go to polls within the sixth section, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.

The Election Fee on Wednesday dominated out any change within the schedule of the polls and advised the Trinamool Congress that its suggestion to membership the final three of the eight phases is “not possible”.

Safety measures have been heightened in view of the violence within the earlier phases, notably the demise of 5 folks in Cooch Behar within the fourth section of polling on April 10, an Election Fee official mentioned.

The ballot panel has determined to deploy no less than 1,071 corporations of central forces within the sixth section to make sure free and honest voting, he mentioned.

Listed here are the dwell updates:

10 am

Over 17% turnout in first two hours

About 17.19 per cent of voters exercised their franchise tilll 9 am, the place polling is underway in 43 seats on Thursday, in response to Election Comissiion sources.

9.20 am

Crude bombs explode in North 24 Parganas dt.

A number of incidents of crude bombs explosions have been reported n Barrackpore industrial belt in North 24 Parganas distriict as we speak.

An unidentified physique discovered from Habra Meeting constituency in North 24 Parganas district the place polling in underway as we speak. Based on police officers it isn’t clear whether or not the demise is said to poll-related violence or not.

In the meantime, Trinamool Congress councillor Utpal Dasgupta was attacked at Bijpur Meeting phase in North 24 Parganas by unidentified individuals.

8.45 am

PM Modi urges voters to train their franchise

Polling officials check the electronic voting machines at a distribution centre, on the eve of sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly Polls, in Krishnagar, Nadia (WB) , Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Polling officers test the digital voting machines at a distribution centre, on the eve of sixth section of West Bengal Meeting Polls, in Krishnagar, Nadia (WB) , Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged eligible voters in West Bengal to train their franchise because the sixth section of meeting polls acquired underway within the State.

“The folks of West Bengal are voting to elect a brand new meeting. On the sixth section as we speak, urging these whose seats are polling to train their franchise,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

7.05 am

Polling begins

Amid tight safety, polling for 43 constituencies started in sixth section of meeting elections in West Bengal on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Lengthy queues have been seen exterior many of the polling boths even earlier than the voting started.

On this section, elections are being held in 17 seats within the North 24 Parganas district and 9 seats in Nadia — most of which has a major presence of the Matuas, who’re essential to the electoral success of any occasion within the State.

 

 

Not possible to membership remaining phases: Ballot panel tells Trinamool

The Election Fee has advised the Trinamool Congress that its suggestion of clubbing the final three phases of polling within the West Bengal Meeting elections because of the COVID-19 surge was “not possible”. The EC’s response to a letter despatched by Trinamool MP Derek O’ Brien got here on the eve of the sixth section of polling. The seventh and eighth phases are scheduled for April 26 and April 29.


 

 

 

Polling throughout essential geographies

From the slender stretch of land connecting north and south Bengal, usually referred as ‘hen’s neck’, to the constituencies bordering Bangladesh in Nadia and North 24 Parganas districts, the sixth section of polling within the State shall be held throughout attention-grabbing geographies.

A number of Meeting constituencies of Uttar Dinajpur like Chopra, Islampur, Goalpokhar and Chakulia border Bangladesh on one facet and Bihar on one other. The slender stretch known as ‘hen’s neck’ has a strategic significance and can be inhabited by folks of all religions and ethnicities.

(With inputs from our Correspondent Shiv Sahay Singh and companies)

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