West Bengal polls: EC notice to Mamata Banerjee for 'communal' appeal
Wednesday, 7 April 2021 () The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly seeking votes on "communal grounds" during a political rally in the state.The poll panel has asked the TMC supremo for an explanation within the next 48 hours.During an election rally in Hooghly on April 3, Mamata had urged Muslim voters to vote en bloc for her party.
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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BJP released a purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaking to Sitalkuchi nominee. BJP claimed that Mamata proposed a rally with bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims. A BJP delegation urged Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab to take note of the clip. BJP claimed such a move could lead to untoward situations in the state amid ongoing polls. Meanwhile, TMC has described the audio clip as 'bogus' and said no such conversation took place. Violence marred a Cooch Behar polling booth during the fourth round of voting on April 10. Four persons died near a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar district. Reports suggest central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals. Incident took place after locals allegedly attempted to snatch rifles of central forces. Watch the full video for more details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on killing that took place in Cooch Behar. He said that doing politics on corpses is an old habit of CM Banerjee. PM Modi said, "Didi, how far will you go for vote bank? The truth is that Didi thought of her political benefit through those deaths. Doing politics on corpses is an old habit of Didi." "You might have listened to an audiotape over what happened in Cooch Behar. After the death of 5 people, Didi is doing politics. In this audiotape, Cooch Behar TMC leader is being told to hold a rally with the bodies of the 5 deceased," he added.
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.
In the ongoing West Bengal Assembly polls, BJP candidate from Bidhan Nagar, Sabya Sabyasachi Dutta alleged that 'TCM goons' are stopping voters in Nayapatti Bidhan Nagar during polls. "TMC goons stopped me here at Nayapatti. They are also stopping the voters even as polling is underway," he said. Heavy central forces are deployed at the polling station to maintain the law and order. Fifth phase of polling are underway for the 45 Assembly constituencies.
All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mimi Chakraborty cast her vote at a polling booth in Jalpaiguri on Apr 17 as fifth phase of the WB Assembly elections is underway today. She followed COVID precautionary measures at the polling station. Mimi was also seen clicking pictures with her fans.
Amidst the ongoing polling for the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections on Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Locket Chatterjee was allegedly attacked in Hooghly's Chunchura. Chatterjee spoke to an Election Commission official saying that she was attacked by locals at polling booth no 66 in Chunchura. She also said that journalists were attacked too. The BJP leader demanded additional forces to be sent in Chunchura. Voting for 44 constituencies in West Bengal's fourth phase Assembly elections began at 7 am on Saturday amid tight security. Watch the full video for more details.
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BJP leader Locket Chatterjee's car was attacked by locals in Hooghly during the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections on April 10. However, she did not suffer any injury in the incident. Security personnel rushed to the spot and controlled the mob. Chatterjee is also the candidate from Chunchura constituency. Voting is underway for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.
As of voting for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls is underway, BJP candidate from Chunchura, Locket Chatterjee offered prayers at a Hanuman Temple in Hooghly's Chunchura on April 10. This phase of elections will witness an intense battle between 373 candidates in 44 constituencies. A total of 1,15,81,022 voters will participate in this phase. The counting of votes will take place on May 02.
Tension between media persons and security personnel at a polling booth in West Bengal’s Hooghly. Media persons alleged that security personnel pushed them out from a polling booth in Tarkeswar. This comes as the third phase of polling is underway in West Bengal. Polling percentage was over 6% till 3 pm on Tuesday. Watch the full video for more details.
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Election Commission imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The ban has been imposed over his 'there will be Sitalkuchi in several places' remarks. Commission 'sternly' warned..
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