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West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE: 80% polling recorded till 6 pm, says ECI

The Phase 1 of polling is expected to witness a tight contest between the saffron party BJP and the ruling TMC

West Bengal Assembly polls | Mamata Banerjee | BJP

BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE updates: Voting is underway in the politically volatile state of West Bengal amid a resurgent Covid-19 crisis to decide the fate of a number of top politicians. Elections are being held in 30 seats, most of which are in the once-Naxal-affected Jungle Mahal region, across five districts amid tight security. The 30 seats include all constituencies in Purulia and Jhargram and segments of Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader attacked Prime Minister Modi for referencing West Bengal during his visit to Bangladesh and claimed it was a violation of election code of conduct.

Elections are underway here and he (PM) goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of code of conduct of the election: West Bengal CM & leader in Kharagpur.

The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fate of 191 candidates including 21 women.

West Bengal has been caught in the throes of violent political clashes between the and supporters which have claimed several lives on both sides.

Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

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