Violence breaks out in Hoogly as fourth phase of WB polls end

For 44 seats, 373 candidates are in the fray including some of the prominent personalities like former cricketer Manoj Tiwary, Bollywood singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, Locket Chaterjee, Payel Sarkar, and former minister Rajib Banerjee.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 00:09
Pic Courtesy: ANI

KOLKATA: Polling for 44 seats in the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly election 2021 began at 7 AM on Saturday (April 10, 2021) amid tight security.

In the first three phases, 91 seats went to polls — 30 seats in phase one on March 27, 30 seats in phase two on April 1, and 31 seats in phase three on April 6. Now, the fourth phase will see a bipolar contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) in 44 assembly seats spread across five districts of West Bengal.

The constituencies going to polls in the fourth phase are spread over Howrah (Part II), South 24 Parganas (Part III), Hooghly (Part II), Alipurduar and Coochbehar. For 44 seats, 373 candidates are in the fray including some of the prominent personalities like former cricketer Manoj Tiwary, Bollywood singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, Locket Chaterjee, Payel Sarkar, and former minister Rajib Banerjee.

The significant aspect in this phase is BJP candidate Rudranil Ghosh is contesting from Bhabanipur constituency, where  CM Mamata Banerjee won in the last assembly elections in West Bengal in 2016. Among the most high-profile contests, one is the Tollygunge constituency, where BJP has fielded Union Minister Babul Supriyo against sitting TMC MLA Aroop Biswas. Biswas, also a minister in the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal cabinet has been representing the Tollygunge Assembly constituency for the last three terms.

It is worth mentioning, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan campaigned for TMC candidate Aroop Biswas. Meanwhile, CPI(M) has fielded Debdut Ghosh from the seat.

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10 April 2021, 19:32 PM

Locals in Hoogly attacked BJP leader Locket Chatterjee's car as the WB assembly polls came to an end. 

 

10 April 2021, 17:40 PM

75.93% voter turnout recorded till 5:24 pm in the West Bengal Assembly election, the Election commission reported.

10 April 2021, 17:37 PM

"I will be going to Mathabhanga hospital tomorrow at 10 am and from there I will go to Alipurduar. I couldn't go to Cooch Behar today due to Model Code of Conduct as polling is going on there," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Siliguri.

10 April 2021, 17:17 PM

"I believe, this incident (firing incident in Cooch Behar) is pre-planned. I will order an investigation into the matter," The WB Chief Minister said.

10 April 2021, 17:10 PM

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri said, "Home Minister Amit Shah is completely responsible for today's incident and he himself is the conspirator. I don't blame central forces because they work under Home Minister's order."

10 April 2021, 17:07 PM

The Prime Minister said at the rally, "Handicraft, business, marketing, investment aren't among TMC's priorities. Didi's TMC is an expert in 'tolabaazi'. Didi's TMC is an expert in cut-money. Didi's TMC is an expert in killing BJP workers. Didi's TMC is an expert in rigging." 

10 April 2021, 17:04 PM

"The reason behind Didi's anger is not only BJP & Modi but the people whose trust Didi has broken... The minority community that Didi persuaded are at distress so she needs to appeal to them continuously," says PM Modi.

10 April 2021, 16:32 PM

The Prime Minister said, "Didi abuses EC, CAPF, EVM.. to the extent, that Didi is abusing her own party's polling agents now. She is so desperate that she is defaming Bengal's voters. Didi, o Didi! People of Bengal don't expect you to have sensitivity any more."

10 April 2021, 16:30 PM

"This election of Bengal is not only being fought by BJP, people of Bengal are also fighting this election," PM Narendra Modi said.

 

10 April 2021, 16:18 PM

"After a wait for decades, the 'mahayagya' of 'ashol poribortan' has started in Bengal. This 'mahayagya' will teach a lesson to appeasers," PM Narendra Modi said in Krishnanagar.

10 April 2021, 16:13 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Krishnanagar, West Bengal where he will address a public rally.

10 April 2021, 15:56 PM

Trinamool Congress (TMC) writes to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), West Bengal over "Cold-blooded murder of four and brutal injury of three innocent people by Central Forces."

10 April 2021, 15:55 PM

66.76% voter turnout recorded till 3:39 pm, news agency ANI reported.

10 April 2021, 15:34 PM

Sourav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in Barisha Shashibhusan Janakalyan Vidyapith, Behala, South 24 Paraganas.

10 April 2021, 14:19 PM

Cooch Behar violence: Election Commission has adjourned the poll in PS 126 of Sitalkurchi AC, Cooch Behar based on interim report from Special Observers. Detailed reports are sought from them and CEO by 5 pm today.

 

10 April 2021, 14:09 PM

Election Commission stops polling at Sitalkuchi polling station. 

10 April 2021, 14:06 PM

Over 52% voter turnout was recorded in the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls till 2 PM, as per EC data. 

 

10 April 2021, 14:02 PM

"Regarding recent incident being reported in media about killing of 4 civilians outside booth 126, Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency, Cooch Behar, it's clarified that CRPF component was neither deployed at the said booth nor involved in the incident in any way," CRPF as quoted by ANI. 

10 April 2021, 13:12 PM

What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise. Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people's support for BJP. She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at an election rally in Siliguri. 

"I urge EC to take stern action against those responsible for Cooch Behar incident," he added.

"Didi never got angry with 'tolabaj' (extortionists) but she's livid at security forces protecting democratic rights of people," the PM said slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

10 April 2021, 11:58 AM

4 persons died after Central force jawans reportedly open fired at Coochbehar’s Sitalkuchi. According to reports, TMC and BJP cadres clashed with each other when CAPF jawans opened fire. All four dead are TMC workers.
 

10 April 2021, 11:47 AM

4 dead as CISF allegedly opened fire after coming under attack in Sitalkuchi in Bengal's Cooch Behar district, PTI quoted police sources as saying. 

10 April 2021, 11:35 AM

16.65% voter turnout was recorded till 11:05 am. Voting for the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections is underway. (ANI input)

10 April 2021, 11:06 AM

ITBP personnel, deployed on election duty, at polling booths in Rishra of Hooghly district helped an elderly woman as she arrived to cast her vote for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections. 

10 April 2021, 11:04 AM

BJP leader Locket Chatterjee called an Election Commission official and told him that she was 'attacked by locals' at polling booth no.66 in Hooghly. She said that journalists were also attacked and demanded additional forces be sent to the region. 

 

10 April 2021, 11:02 AM

BJP leader Locket Chatterjee's car was reportedly attacked by locals in Hoogly during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections. Many media vehicles covering the polling were also attacked, as per ANI report. 

10 April 2021, 10:58 AM

A first-time voter was shot dead by unidentified persons outside a polling booth in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district on Saturday (April 10). The Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleged that the BJP was behind the killing, while the saffron party claimed that the deceased was its polling agent at the booth and accused TMC for his murder. The youth, identified as Anand Burman, was dragged outside polling booth number 85 in Pathantuli area of Sitalkuchi while voting was underway and shot dead.
 

10 April 2021, 10:33 AM

"Narendra Modi Ji is famous throughout the world. Prashant Kishor has done the work of putting the last nail in the coffin, finishing TMC," Cooch Behar MP Nisith Pramanik was quoted as saying by ANI. 

10 April 2021, 10:07 AM

West Bengal Assembly polls: 15.85% voter turnout recorded till 9:30 AM in the fourth phase of voting for 44 seats. 

10 April 2021, 09:00 AM

The BJP candidate from Kolkata's Tollygunge, Babul Supriyo arrived at Gandhi Colony Bharati Balika Vidyalaya, where the party's polling agent was reportedly denied entry. Talking to reporters Supriyo said, "He has ID but wasn't being allowed by Presiding Officer. We showed his details from website. He's allowed now."

"The biggest challenge is to remove Mamata Didi and TMC from West Bengal. Aroop Biswas (TMC candidate from the constituency) has been the right hand of all her works. So is a challenge to change the atmosphere of terror here," he added. 

10 April 2021, 08:56 AM

TMC candidate from Natabari constituency in Cooch Behar, Rabindra Nath Ghosh was spotted wearing a helmet this morning. He said, "I am wearing this to avoid any untoward incident." 

10 April 2021, 08:55 AM

A security personnel helps a woman elector get to a polling station in Alipurduar, as the voting during the fourth phase of Assembly elections is underway. 

10 April 2021, 08:53 AM

Long queue of voters was present at a polling station in Kulberia Dharmatala F.P. School, Bhangar, South 24 Parganas to cast their votes in the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls. 

10 April 2021, 08:33 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the voters in the fourth phase of the West Bengal election to cast their votes in record numbers. "As the 4th phase of the West Bengal elections begin, urging the people voting today to do so in record numbers. I would especially request the youth and women to vote in large numbers," the PM wrote on Twitter. 

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10 April 2021, 07:54 AM

TMC wrote to the Election Commission (EC) alleging, "across several booths in Sitalkuchi, Natalbari, Tufanganj and Dinhata, BJP goons are creating a ruckus outside the booth and preventing TMC agents from entering the booth." TMC has demanded necessary action from the poll body. (ANI input)
 

10 April 2021, 07:42 AM

Voting for the fourth phase of West Bengal Elections 2021 is underway. Visuals from Bhetaguri Lal Bahadur Shastri High School in Dinhata of Cooch Behar district.

10 April 2021, 06:39 AM

Voters queue up at a polling station to cast their votes in Bhangar Assembly constituency of South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Voting for the fourth phase of Assembly elections will commence at 7 AM.