West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, West Bengal is going for the seventh phase of elections on Monday, April 26, with a total of 34 assembly constituencies including state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s home turf Bhabanipur. Till 2 pm, the voter turnout for the penultimate phase of the high-stakes election reached 55.12 per cent. In this phase, over 86 lakh voters will decide the political fate of 284 candidates. Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence in the previous phases, particularly the death of five people in Cooch Behar in the fourth round of polling on April 10, an Election Commission official said. Voting will be held at 12,068 polling stations spread over nine assembly constituencies each in Murshidabad and Paschim Bardhaman districts, six each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda and four in Kolkata, the official said. All eyes will be on the Bhabanipur constituency, of which the TMC supremo is the sitting MLA and a resident. Banerjee, however, has opted for Nandigram to contest the elections this time and reposed faith in veteran politician and state power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay to make a hat-trick of wins for the party from Bhabanipur.Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Elections: Amid COVID Surge, 34 Constituencies To Go To Polls in 7th Phase Today

State minister Firhad Hakim is also seeking re- election for a third consecutive term from the Kolkata Port constituency, while the BJP fielded Lt General (Retired) Subrata Saha from the Rashbehari seat in the metropolis. The poll panel has decided to deploy at least 796 companies of central forces in the seventh phase to ensure free and fair voting, he said. The total number of electors including service voters in these constituencies are 81,96,242 with 42,00,447 male electors and 39,88,239 female voters.

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    During the ongoing polls till this phase, seizure of Rs 332.94 crore reported: Election Commission of India.

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    Peaceful polling held in 11,376 polling Stations across 34 ACs in Phase 7 of the West Bengal Assembly elections. 75.06% voter turnout recorded till 5pm.

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    In this election, Mamata Ji tried to create false narratives. But I salute the electorate of Bengal who rejected these narratives and gave their support and blessings to BJP: JP Nadda, BJP president.

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    75.06% voter turnout recorded till 5.30pm in the seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections: Election Commission of India.

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