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Bengal polls end on Thursday; enclave dwellers to vote for first time

History will be made when dwellers of the erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar vote for the first time on Thursday, marking another giant leap in their absorption into India after nearly seven decades of stateless existence, as the staggered West Bengal assembly polls come to an end after the sixth and final phase of balloting involving 25 constituencies.

50,000 security personnel to guard last phase of West Bengal Assembly Election 2016

The Election Commission has so far identified 714 vulnerable hamlets and 1,685 vulnerable voters in the two districts.

West Bengal Assembly polls 2016: Political parties go all out to woo enclave voters

With the enclave residents all set to vote for the first time since Independence, the new voters are being aggressively wooed by various political parties, who are taking credit for resolving the 68-year old border dispute.

West Bengal Assembly polls: Political parties go all out to woo enclave voters
West Bengal Assembly polls: Political parties go all out to woo enclave voters

With the enclave residents all set to vote for the first time since Independence, the new voters are being aggressively wooed by various political parties, who are taking credit for resolving the 68-year old border dispute.

West Bengal Assembly elections: 4 bombs found in a polling station

Four bombs were on Wednesday found in a polling station in Ramnagar Assembly constituency in East Midnapore district on the eve of polling there, the police said.

Mamata Banerjee trying to influence polls with police help: CPI-M
Mamata Banerjee trying to influence polls with police help: CPI-M

The CPI-M on Tuesday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a prominent Trinamool Congress candidate of trying to influence the upcoming elections to 25 constituencies in the final phase of assembly polls in the state with the help of police.

244 crorepati candidates in WB polls, TMC tops chart with 114

There are about 244 crorepatis out of 1,961 candidates contesting the ongoing West Bengal Assembly elections, with ruling Trinamool Congress leading the list at 114, a survey said.

BJP trying to break Coochbehar, Darjeeling: Mamata
BJP trying to break Coochbehar, Darjeeling: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today accused the BJP of inciting the separate statehood movements in Coochbehar district and Darjeeling sub- division in West Bengal for narrow political gains.

TMC questions Roy's banishment, walks out of Rajya Sabha

 Trinamool Congress (TMC) members on Tuesday questioned why their party member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy was banished from the Rajya Sabha a day before while Congress members, who trooped to the chairman`s podium, were not punished. The TMC members later staged a walkout from the upper house.

Enclave-dwellers to vote for first time since Independence

Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 enclaves on August 01 at the stroke of midnight, ending one of the world's most complex border disputes.

EC seeks periodic reports on Bengal poll violence

The Election Commission has instructed the director general of police to monitor all pre, post and poll day violence and submit the incident wise detailed report at periodical intervals.

Massive post poll violence in Malda, 4 TMC workers dead; Congress attacked them with bombs?
Massive post poll violence in Malda, 4 TMC workers dead; Congress attacked them with bombs?

In a severe post poll violence in West Bengal's Malda, at least four Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers were killed and three others were hospitalised.

Over 81 percent polling in Bengal assembly polls phase five

Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) Over 81 percent of the around 1.24 crore electorate cast their votes on Saturday for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of the West Bengal assembly polls, th

BJP complains to EC of violence after 5th phase polls

The delegation, led by BJP leader Debasree Chowdhury, alleged that the ruling party is terrorizing people in Basanti and attacked three of their supporters.

No difference between LF, TMC regimes: Rajnath Singh
No difference between LF, TMC regimes: Rajnath Singh

Earlier Left Front used to attack people and now TMC is doing the same, Rajnath Singh claimed.

TMC will be wiped out after poll results: Congress

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said a 'Pariborton' (change) is needed for West Bengal as in the last five years "nothing happened except making of false claims, tall talks on cinema and stage plays."

West Bengal polls: Mamata Banerjee accuses police of unleashing terror at EC's behest
West Bengal polls: Mamata Banerjee accuses police of unleashing terror at EC's behest

Referring to officers who were appointed to important posts under instructions from EC, Mamata said, "If someone thinks by getting power for 15 days, he will do anything, then he is mistaken."

Over 78 percent turnout in fifth phase of Bengal polls; final round on May 5
Over 78 percent turnout in fifth phase of Bengal polls; final round on May 5

After Saturday's polls, elections have been held in 269 of the 294 constituencies in the state. The remaining 25 will vote in the sixth and final phase on May 5.

People have said no to 'Mamata regime': CPI(M)

The poll panel ordered filing of an FIR against sitting Trinamool Congress MLA and party candidate Sonali Guha after she was caught on camera allegedly ordering party workers to beat up CPI-M polling agents in her Satgachia constituency.

Kolkata wears forlorn look on poll day, less traffic on street
Kolkata wears forlorn look on poll day, less traffic on street

Only handful of vehicles, apart from the cars of the media, poll and security personnel, were seen on the road.

Mamata Banerjee's close aide Firhad Hakim describes West Bengal's Garden Reach as 'mini-pakistan', draws flak
Mamata Banerjee's close aide Firhad Hakim describes West Bengal's Garden Reach as 'mini-pakistan', draws flak

At a time when polling in 53 constituencies for fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly election is underway, Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim has triggered a controversy which may cost dearly to the party.

Severe heat wave condition in West Bengal

The Bankura's temperature was six degrees above normal, the Met department said and forecast above 45 degree temperature for the next three days.

West Bengal Assembly Elections: Polling begins in crucial fifth phase, 680 central forces companies deployed
West Bengal Assembly Elections: Polling begins in crucial fifth phase, 680 central forces companies deployed

Polling began for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase on West Bengal assembly polls on Saturday.

West Bengal goes for fifth phase of polling on Saturday
West Bengal goes for fifth phase of polling on Saturday

The polling will be held for 31 constituencies in 24 Parganas Dakshin, 18 in Hooghly and four in Kolkata Dakshin.

WB polls: Transgender to become presiding officer for first time

The transwoman will be posted at one of the booths at South City International School which falls in Rashbehari assembly constituency.

WB polls: Mobile app to help voters plan their visit to booths

The app, 'Q4U', will facilitate electors by informing them how long the queue is.

West Bengal polls: Roopa Ganguly surrenders before court in assault case

The actress-turned politician was later granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 500.

Conduct forensic test on Narada sting tapes, orders Calcutta HC
Conduct forensic test on Narada sting tapes, orders Calcutta HC

The order was passed by a bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A Banerjee.

680 central forces companies for Bengal poll fifth phase

As many as 680 companies of central forces will be deployed in poll-bound districts of South 24 Parganas, Kolkata and Hooghly during the fifth phase of polls on April 30, Election Commission officials said here.

Campaigning ends for Bengal polls fifth phase

Campaigning ended on Thursday for the fifth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections involving 53 seats in three districts where balloting will take place on April 30.