A complete of 373 candidates contested for 44 constituencies throughout 5 districts – Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah. Out of 373 candidates, 323 candidates had been male and 50 candidates had been feminine.
Polling was held from 7 am to six.30 pm in 15,940 polling 9 meeting constituencies in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, 5 in Alipurduar, 9 in Cooch Behar and ten in Hooghly district.
The highest turnout of 79.73% was registered in Cooch Behar district, adopted by 76.2 % polling in Hoogly. In South 24 Parganas it was 75.49%, whereas in Howrah it was 75.03 % and in Alipurduar 73.65%, a senior official within the CEO’s workplace mentioned.
Female voters dominated this section as out of a complete of 1,15,094,950 voters, 58,95,871 voters had been males and 56,98,789 voters had been ladies whereas 290 had been of different genders.
Here are the highest developments:
Four killed as central forces open fireplace after coming beneath assault
Four individuals had been killed as central forces allegedly opened fireplace after coming beneath assault from locals, who “attempted to snatch their rifles”, in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Saturday, police mentioned.
The incident passed off in Sitalkuchi space when voting was underway, a senior district police officer mentioned.
Clashes broke out between TMC and BJP activists in Mathabhanga space of Sitalkuchi whereas voting was underway, a supply mentioned.
EC orders suspension of polls at polling station quantity 126 in Sitalkuchi
The Election Commission (EC) ordered suspension of polls on Saturday at polling station quantity 126 within the Sitalkuchi meeting constituency of West Bengal amid studies of violence.
A spokesperson of the ballot panel mentioned the choice was primarily based on an interim report filed by particular observers.
The polling was suspended at Amtali Madhyamik Siksha Kendra (polling sales space quantity 126) of the Sitalkuchi Assembly constituency.
A repoll could be ordered within the coming days in accordance with the laid-down process, a supply mentioned.
18-year-old voter gunned down
In a stunning incident, an 18-year-old voter, Ananda Barman, was allegedly gunned down by miscreants outdoors sales space quantity 85 in Pathantuli space after clashes broke out between activists of the ruling TMC and the BJP.
The culprits, who’re but to be recognized, managed to flee, the officers mentioned.
The incident led to violence within the space as bombs had been hurled, prompting central forces to baton-charge to carry the scenario beneath management, police mentioned.
Both the TMC and BJP claimed that Barman belonged to their social gathering, however his relations mentioned he was an activist of the saffron social gathering.
“We have received information about a person being shot outside a polling booth in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. We have sought a report from the micro observer,” an Election Commission of India (EC) official mentioned.
Mamata questions self-defence model of central forces, orders CID probe
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned that the firing in Cooch Behar was part of a bigger conspiracy with different TMC leaders including that PM Modi can’t be dominated out of it.
CM Mamata additionally questioned the central forces’ model of firing on voters in self-defence in Cooch Behar and mentioned her authorities will provoke a CID probe into the incident.
Banerjee mentioned there isn’t a video footage or every other proof to substantiate claims of the central forces.
Banerjee reiterated her demand for the resignation of Union house minister Amit Shah for the firing incident in Cooch Behar, and questioned whose “direct interference into the functioning of the Election Commission and central forces” led to the excesses.
Modi condoles loss of life in CISF firing in Cooch Behar, blames TMC for violence
Condoling the loss of life of our individuals in firing by central forces in Cooch Behar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday requested the Election Commission to take stern motion in opposition to these accountable for the incident and blamed the ruling TMC for perpetrating violence through the polls.
He additionally accused chief minister Mamata Banerjee of instigating individuals in opposition to the central forces.
“What happened in Cooch Behar is unfortunate and sad. I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and urge the Election Commission to take stern action against those responsible for the incident.
“Mamata Didi and her TMC goons have turn into jittery due to floor swell of assist for BJP,” Modi told an election rally here in North Bengal.
Prashant Kishor: BJP will not cross 100 seats in Bengal
Reacting to his leaked ‘Club House room’ audio chat, Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Saturday reiterated that BJP will not cross 100 seats in the West Bengal assembly elections while adding that the BJP should show courage by sharing the full chat instead of selective part.
I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders!😊They should show courage & share… https://t.co/L8Zc4PhVtE
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) 1618030872000
An audio chat of ‘Club House room’ involving Prashant Kishor and a few journalists was leaked on social media.
“There is not any anti-incumbency in opposition to Modi. Modi has turn into a cult within the nation. Modi is fashionable in Bengal. The Hindi talking individuals is the core assist base of BJP in Bengal. Modi could be very fashionable right here. Modi and Mamata are equally fashionable in Bengal,” Kishore said in that conversation.
Meanwhile, Election Commission has directed Union home ministry to deploy 71 additional companies of Central Armed Police forces in West Bengal for conduct of remaining four phases of polls.
Polling for the next phase will take place on April 17. While the result of the 44 seats will be declared along with 250 others of the state on May 2.
(With agency inputs)