It means occupying the polling booth, intimidating voters and no fair elections.
TMC wants to try to 'play' all this and keeping this in mind, we have informed the Election Commissioner about all the information...They are also violating code of conduct of elections." West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 8 phases, from March 27 to April 29, 2021.
Reacting on the Election Commission's decision over a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on April 15 said, "If EC has issued some guidelines, whether it's for my party or somebody else, everyone should have to follow the guidelines. We welcomed the Election Commission's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
The Bharatiya Janata Party congratulated the Election Commission as West Bengal began voting to choose its next government. Kailash Vijayvargiya said that he has witnessed local, Assembly, and Lok Sabha elections in the state in the last 6 years, but the current round has had the least violence. However, he cited the attack on BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikhari's brother's car to seek detention of history-sheeters to prevent violence. Watch the full video for more.
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Amid the first phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, BJP delegation met Election Commission on March 27 over alleged attack on BJP leader and Suvendu Adhikari's brother, Soumendu Adhikari. Party's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that to avoid such cases in second phase, the delegation demanded EC to round-up anti-social elements. "This is first election in 6 years with fewer instances of rigging and violence. To avoid even 10% of such cases in 2nd phase, we have demanded EC to round-up anti-social elements," he said. The Election Commission has set up 10,288 polling stations, of which 8,229 are the main and the rest 2,059 are auxiliary. The state is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray.
BJP national president JP Nadda held a roadshow in West Bengal's Birbhum on April 19. He held roadshow in Sainthia. However, COVID norms were flouted during the roadshow. Despite surge in coronavirus cases, huge crowd gathered there. Today, India reported over 2.7 lakh new positive cases of COVID-19.
Amid election season in West Bengal, bombs were hurled at BJP's camp office and residence of party workers in Panihati last night. BJP candidate from Panihati constituency, Sanmoy Banerjee alleged TMC workers for the incident. He said, "TMC people have resorted to these attacks as they know they are losing the polls. Police are acting as mere spectators." The eight-phased Bengal elections will conclude on April 29.
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.
Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, on February 26 informed that Assam assembly elections will be held in 3 phases starting from 27 March, second phase polling on 01 April and the last round taking place on 06 April, with the results being declared on 02 May.
Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora informed that Kerala goes to polls on 06 April in single phase and the counting of votes will be held on 02 May. "The date of issuing the notification is 12th March, scrutiny of nomination is 20th March and last date of withdrawal of candidature is 22 March," he said.
Halfway through the West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission of India has got a new chief. On April 13, Sushil Chandra took charge as the 24th CEC, succeeding Sunil Arora. On the latter's last day in office, the EC barred Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours. Chandra became an Election Commissioner in 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He will now oversee voting in the remaining 4 phases in Bengal, as well as declaration of results of elections in 4 states and 1 Union Territory. Watch the full video for more.
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Sushil Chandra on April 13 took charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner. Chandra replaces Sunil Arora who retired on April 12. Sushil Chandra was appointed as Election Commissioner in 2019 before Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has called an all-party meeting to ensure implementation of COVID-19 norms during election rallies. Meeting will be presided by Aariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), West Bengal at Kolkata Circuit House on April 16.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation also reached to attend the meeting. The discussion is underway.
After being banned by the Election Commission for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", WB BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "It is fine. EC wants free and fair elections and this time the elections are little high voltage and this has been started by Mamata Banerjee. Every action has a reaction. EC has all the rights to ban someone if they think someone is not conducting well... Our party is not running by a single person. We have other members who'll hold rallies now. This is a day off for me. Unlike Mamata Banerjee, I am not protesting against EC's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
Despite persisting COVID situation, lakhs of devotees took part in the annual chariot ceremony of Sri Siddharoodha Matha in Hubli on March 12. The ceremony is conducted on next day of 'Maha Shivratri' every year. COVID norms were 'non-existent' in the massive gathering.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on April 19 announced that 121 fast- track courts has been sanctioned for Bengal for sexual offences against children in West Bengal. "Been writing to Mamata Banerjee for her consent but all went in vain. You're a woman CM. What's the problem with fast-track courts for sexual offences against children?" Law Minister asked. "Fast-track courts established across country for fast-tracking cases of sexual offences against children, wherein Centre provides 50% funds and remaining states do. 121 fast-track courts sanctioned for Bengal, there has been no response from CM Mamata," he added.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Chief Bimal Gurung slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal by claiming that the party lacks influence on ground. "Politics..