West Bengal Assembly Elections: Phase 2 Ends With 80.43% Turnout

Polling was held in 30 constituencies, amid booth capturing allegations in Nandigram and ruckus at several places.

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The second phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections ended on the evening of Thursday, 1 April, with 80.43 percent voter turnout, according to the Election Commission.

Polling was held in 30 constituencies in the state, amid booth capturing allegations in Nandigram and ruckus at several places.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatened to move the court, alleging that the EC was not taking action on the TMC's poll-related complaints.Meanwhile, violence was reported at multiple places, including Keshpur, Debra, and Ghatal. The police also detained Mohan Singh, BJP’s ‘mandal’ president from Debra.

Snapshot
  • BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari cast his vote in Nandigram, from where he was contesting against Banerjee
  • Violence was reported at multiple places, including Keshpur, Debra, and Ghatal
  • The BJP, which is looking to consolidate the Hindu votes in Nandigram, had based its campaign largely on what they call Banerjee’s ‘Muslim appeasement’ policy
  • Almost half of the Jangalmahal region – a SC/ST dominated region in the state – went to the polls in the second phase

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6:19 PM , 01 Apr

80.43% Voter Turnout Till 6 pm

West Bengal Assembly Elections: Phase 2 Ends With 80.43% Turnout
6:10 PM , 01 Apr

'Whatever EC Does, BJP Won't Win': Mamata

Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Election Commission was not taking action over complaints raised by the TMC.

“Whatever you (Election Commission) try, BJP will not win. In Nandigram, 90% of the votes will come to TMC,” she said, as quoted by ANI.

6:07 PM , 01 Apr
KEY EVENT

79.53% Polling in West Bengal Till 5:22 pm

West Bengal Assembly Elections: Phase 2 Ends With 80.43% Turnout
6:01 PM , 01 Apr

CM Mamata Stalled Voting at Polling Booth for 2 Hours, Alleges Suvendu

BJP candidate from Nandigram Suvendu Adhikari alleged that Mamata Banerjee stalled voting for two hours at the polling booth she visited earlier.

“Mamata stalled voting for two hours here. Around 90% of voting has happened in Nandigram but it is only 78% at this booth. Voting is going on peacefully here. There is no issue,” Adhikari said, as quoted by ANI.


Published: 01 Apr 2021, 7:19 AM IST
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