Campaign ends for phase three of Bengal polls; BJP's Swapan Dasgupta, CPI(M)'s Kanti Ganguly in fray
Sunday, 4 April 2021 () Senior BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and former CPI(M) minister Kanti Ganguly are among the 205 candidates whose campaigns for the third phase of elections in 31 seats in West Bengal ended on Sunday evening.
Ahead of third phase of West Bengal assembly elections, popular actress-turned-TMC leader Sayantika Banerjee said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making actors and MPs contest elections of MLAs. "BJP is short of candidates because they're making MPs contest MLA polls and are taking help of actors....
After an all-party meeting with Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal Aariz Aftab on April 16, the BJP leader Sawapan Dasgupta said that they have advised the Election Commission to balance robust democratic culture with safety norms. "We've advised the Election Commission to balance the need for a robust democratic culture with safety norms. It is up to the Election Commission to tell us what exactly political parties must do. We've assured them that we'll adhere to protocols," said Swapan Dasgupta.
As West Bengal went to third phase of polls on April 06, media persons and volunteers alleged that they were pushed out by security personnel from the premises of a polling booth in Tarakeswar, Hooghly. "By and large if you go inside, voting is going on peacefully. There were some jurisdictional turf issues involved here, I think most of the misunderstanding, not to mention the fact that at 1pm in the afternoon, things can get a bit hot for people. The idea is to get as many as voters possible. We can deal with it later," said BJP's Swapan Das Gupta.
Amid West Bengal Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and actor Mithun Chakraborty held a roadshow in Champadanga on March 30. Mithun campaigned for party's leader and candidate from Tarakeshwar Assembly seat, Swapan Dasgupta. The Bengal Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in eight phases.
Wearing PPE kits, three COVID-19 positive patients came to cast their votes in WB's Siliguri on April 17. They went to Booth No 173A at Siliguri Girls School to exercise their right. Fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections held today.
With fifth phase of polling is underway in West Bengal, a report of TMC camp office vandalism has surfaced from Deganga Assembly constituency. TMC's camp office was vandalised at booth number 81 in Kumarpur on April 17. The party workers alleged that central forces are behind the vandalism. West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 69.40 per cent till 3.30 pm across 45 constituencies in six districts during the fifth phase of the state Assembly polls, according to the Election Commission (EC). Voting for the fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began at 7 am on Saturday amid tight security.
BJP candidate Raju Banerjee's car was allegedly attacked by goons on April 17 during the fifth phase of polls. He is the candidate from Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas. He has lodged a complaint with Election Commission. Fifth phase of pollings are underway for the 45 Assembly constituencies.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across India, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi alleged that BJP ruled states have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of medical equipment. "Some of our chief ministers told me that they were left with a few days of vaccines. They had no oxygen and they were running out of ventilators. But there has been a thundering silence on the part of the government. On the contrary, some other states of interests to the BJP have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of equipment etc," said Congress president.
Creating a fresh controversy, the BJP had on Friday released an audiotape in which West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee can purportedly be heard proposing a rally with the bodies of the 5 firing victims of Cooch Behar. Mamata Banerjee has now alleged that her phone is being tapped.
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Singur, once the hotbed of political dynamics in West Bengal now bears the melancholy of farmers who ended up being in a Catch-22 situation. Even after getting back their land after Tata Motors' exit, Singur farmers stand clueless as land is turning barren. They are looking forward to getting a solution between industry and agriculture. Even after a decade has passed since the project was suspended, leaving 997.11 acres barren in Singur, the area is still known as 'Tata Nano factory'. It consists of three panchayats namely Kejidi, Gopalnogor and Beraberi. Now farmers carry out potato farming in some portions of this land in small quantity. The protest commenced due to forced land acquisition by the then Left Front government for building Tata Motors car industry. The stir of 2006 in Singur soon turned into a historic anti-land acquisition movement by the farmers that received foremost support from Trinamool Congress and later by other political parties and intellectuals crossing state as well as international borders. The movement ended in 2011. Singur anti-land acquisition movement is one of two major movements that propelled Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to dethrone the 34 years old mighty Left Front rule from Bengal. The other movement that was instrumental to pave the way for the TMC government was the 2007 Nandigram agitation. The snatched land was given back to the farmers legally in 2016 after Supreme Court's verdict. However, the major concern of farmers now remains how to make the land cultivable. Probir Patro, one of the many whose land was snatched during the agitation received it back after SC's order in 2016, however, he is in a 'Catch 22' situation now. Despite having their own land the farmers cultivate on other's land for livelihood. Along with this another section of farmers coexist in Singur who calls themselves 'farmers of yesteryears' and currently have settled for other means of livelihood, through which they somehow manage to earn their day-to-day meal. Against the two heavyweights, CPI(M) has fielded 28-year-old Srijan Bhattacharya as its candidate from Singur. The candidates here have vowed for industrialisation, development as well as agriculture while addressing their public meetings.
A TMC candidate from West Bengal's Cooch Behar was allegedly attacked by BJP workers. The incident took place on Thursday while he was returning from an election campaign, Girindra Nath Barma, TMC candidate from Mathabhanga seat, sustained head injuries. TMC workers protested in front of SDO office and demanded EC's action against it. TMC took to twitter and lashed out at BJP over the incident. Polling for Mathabhanga will be held on Saturday in the fourth phase of elections. BJP has fielded Sushil Barman against TMC's Barman and CPIM's Ashok Barman. The eight-phase polling in West Bengal will conclude on April 29, results on May 2.
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An LDF supporter arrived at a polling booth in Pinarayi in Kannur to cast his vote. He donned red hoodies and red colour traditional dhoti. He shaved CPI (M) party logo on his head. Total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide fate of 957 candidates. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers agitated at Ghatal during 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections on April 01. They alleged that they were being stopped by TMC workers as they were on their way to cast their vote. Later, the security forces reached the spot and removed the road blockade. The eight-phase West Bengal polls will conclude on April 29.
With the beginning of 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Madan Mitra cast his vote in Kamarhati after offering prayers at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on April..