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Elections 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: Third phase of polling ends, Assam records 82% voter turnout, Bengal 78%

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam Election 2021 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: The final polling percentage recorded in the following states is -- Assam (82.33%), Kerala (70.29%), Tamil Nadu (65.19%), West Bengal (77.68%), and Puducherry (78.90%).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 10, 2021 8:45:02 am
Voters at a polling station in Manapullikavu in Kerala's Palakkad district. (Source: PRD. Government of Kerala)

Elections 2021 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Voting for more than 750 constituencies spread across four states and one union territory concluded on Tuesday. The final polling percentage recorded in the following states is — Assam (82.33%), Kerala (70.29%), Tamil Nadu (65.19%), West Bengal (77.68%), and Puducherry (78.90%).

In Bengal, the Election Commission suspended a sector officer after three EVMs and four VVPAT machines were found at TMC leader Goutam Ghosh’s residence. Meanwhile, the TMC has accused BJP workers of chasing and hurting party leader Sujata Mondal near a polling booth and urged the EC to take cognisance of the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Cooch Behar on Tuesday, attacked Mamata Banerjee saying she lost the election the day she did ‘Khela’ in Nandigram. Mamata, on the other hand, said the BJP workers were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC activists.

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Assembly Elections 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: Polling comes to an end in more than 750 constituencies in Kerala, Tamil, Nadu, Assam, Bengal and Puducherry; West Bengal tightens security in 31 constituencies for Phase III polls; Mamata claims BJP workers attacked TMC candidate.

20:06 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Third phase of polling ends, Assam records 82% voter turnout, Bengal 78%

The final polling percentage recorded in the following states is -- Assam (82.33%), Kerala (70.29%), Tamil Nadu (65.19%), West Bengal (77.68%), and Puducherry (78.90%).

19:18 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu elections: Polling in full swing in last hour

Voters in Chennai make their way to the booths to cast their votes an hour before polling comes to an end.

18:53 (IST)06 Apr 2021
DMK MP Kanimozhi reaches polling booth wearing a PPE kit

Wearing PPE suit, DMK MP Kanimozhi, who tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of days ago, reached the polling booth in Mylapore to cast her vote. 

17:52 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Will work with new govt to free TN temples from state control: Sadhguru

Isha Foundation founder and spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said on Tuesday no matter which party comes to power, he will work with them to free TN temples from state control in the next five years.

Responding to a question on his 'FreeTNTemples movement' launched last month, Jaggi Vasudev, after casting his vote, claimed approximately 3.5 crore people have expressed their support for the movement.

Urging people to participate in elections which he termed as 'dance of democracy', he said "election is not one more holiday for you and exercise votes with utmost responsibility." (PTI)

17:36 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Voting percentage at 5 pm

At 5 pm, the polling percentage recorded in the following states is -- Assam (78.94%), Kerala (69.95%), Tamil Nadu (63.47%), West Bengal (77.68%), and Puducherry (77.90%).

16:31 (IST)06 Apr 2021
PM Modi: 'Didi' has accused you of taking money, you must respond to this in election

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Howrah: 'Didi has accused you of taking money and selling your votes. Do you do this? Isn't this your insult? You must respond to this in the elections.'

15:44 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Kerala polls: Newlyweds in Kerala cast their vote

Newlyweds in Kerala cast their vote straight after their marriage.

15:31 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Voter turnout at 3 pm

At 3 pm, the polling percentage recorded in the following states is — Assam (67%), Kerala (56%), Tamil Nadu (50%), West Bengal (66%), and Puducherry (63%).

14:28 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Didi asking Muslims to back her reflects minority votes slipping away: PM Modi

Claiming a BJP wave was blowing across West Bengal and his party would form the next government, Modi said Banerjee's angry reactions indicates that she has lost the polls.

"Didi recently asked all Muslims to vote en bloc for her. It shows that the Muslim vote bank is slipping out of her hands. Had we said the same thing that all Hindus should unite, everybody would have criticised us.The EC would have sent us notices. We would have been censored," he said while addressing an election rally.

14:07 (IST)06 Apr 2021
TMC tweets video of 'BJP workers attacking Sujata Mandal'

TMC tweeted a video of 'BJP workers attacking Sujata Mandal' saying, "Petrifying visuals of @BJP4India goons attacking TMC candidate #SujataMandal, openly abusing her & threatening her with rods & sickle. If they have the guts to do this to a female candidate, imagine what they can do to your daughters. This is their ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

13:58 (IST)06 Apr 2021
BJP workers forcibly occupying polling booths, attacking TMC activists: Mamata Banerjee

Addressing rally in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the BJP workers were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC activists. 'BJP workers chased TMC's Arambagh candidate Sujata Mondal, hit her on head near polling booth,' Banerjee said according to PTI.

13:48 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Didi your anger indicates you have lost polls: PM Modi

PM Modi continues to attack Mamata Banerjee during his rally at Cooch Behar, saying, "Didi your anger indicates you have lost polls. Didi's exit is imminent is clear after polling in the first two phases."

"Didi has problems with people sporting Tilak and wearing saffron clothes. Didi has started 'Bhaipo Service Tax' in Bengal," he says.

"No social scheme will be stopped if BJP comes to power, Didi making false claims," the PM adds.
 

13:40 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Voter turnout in Assembly Elections 2021 till 1 pm

Voter turnout in Assembly Elections 2021 till 1 pm: Assam 53.23%, Kerala 47.28%, Puducherry 53.76%, Tamil Nadu 39.00% and West Bengal 53.89%

13:26 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Watch | PM Modi asks his team of doctors to assist a woman who faced issues due to dehydration

PM Modi asks his team of doctors to assist a woman who faced some issues due to dehydration at an election rally in Cooch Behar, West Bengal.

12:55 (IST)06 Apr 2021
The Muslim votebank, that you considered your strength, is also slipping away from you: PM Modi to Mamata

PM Modi says, "Recently, Didi said that every Muslim must get together and not allow their votes to be divided. Didi, it means you know that the Muslim votebank, that you considered your strength, is also slipping away from you!"

12:50 (IST)06 Apr 2021
You lost elections the day you did 'khela' in Nandigram: PM Modi to Mamata Banerjee

PM Modi further says, 'Didi, the day you did 'khela' at the polling booth in Nandigram, the same day the country knew that you have lost the elections."

12:47 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Will return your love with interest in the form of development: PM Modi tells Bengal voters

PM Modi says, "Didi has been asking "Is BJP God that it already knows it is winning polls?" I want to say to her that we're normal people engaged in the service of public. I want to tell the people that I'll return your love with interest in the form of development."

12:46 (IST)06 Apr 2021
PM Modi addresses a rally in West Bengal's Cooch Behar

Prime Minister Narendra  Modi is addressing a rally in West Bengal's Cooch Behar.

12:43 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling station in Thiruvananthapuram

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.  "The turnout has been pretty high by 10 am, already 20%, which is unusual for Kerala. As a general rule, when the turnout is high, the UDF will prevail", he says. (ANI)

12:16 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Assam records 33.18 per cent voter turnout till 11 am

Assam records 33.18 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in the third and last phase of voting today.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Assam. (PTI)

In Kerala, 2.74 crore voters are exercising their right to elect their representatives. As many as 957 candidates, including high-profile leaders and independents, are in the fray in 140 Assembly constituencies across the state.

In Assam, a direct contest between nominees of the BJP-led NDA and Congress-headed Grand Alliance is on the cards in 20 constituencies while there is a triangular fight in the remaining seats with the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) being considered as the third force.

In the 16th Tamil Nadu legislative assembly election, there are 6,28,69,955 crore eligible voters. Bye-election to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency will be held on the same day. The constituency fell vacant following the demise of Congress MP H Vasanthakumar.

Puducherry is also voting to elect a new government following the collapse of its Congress-led administration due to an array of resignations. It will witness a battle between the Congress party and the opposition led by a former chief minister N Rangasamy, who has allied with the BJP, the party accused of orchestrating the defection of ministers from the previous government by ‘purchasing’ and ‘threatening’ the Congress MLAs.

Kerala

A number of ministers and several sitting MLAs from both the coalitions: the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-headed United Democratic Front (UDF), are seeking another term this election season. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, health minister K K  Shailaja, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Power Minister M M Mani and Higher Education Minister K K Jaleel are among the prominent personalities trying their electoral luck from the ruling side.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior leaders K Muraleedharan, P T Thomas and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan are among the leaders contesting from the UDF fold. The election is crucial for an array of BJP leaders, including former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, 'Metroman' E Sreedharan, who joined the party recently, state president K Surendran, senior leader Shobha Surendran, Rajya Sabha members Suresh Gopi and K J Alphons and others.

Assam

A direct contest between nominees of the BJP-led NDA and Congress-headed Grand Alliance is on the cards in 20 constituencies while there is a triangular fight in the remaining seats with the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) being considered as the third force. The fate of 20 sitting MLAs - eight from the Congress, five from the BJP, three each from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the BPF and one from the AGP –– will be decided in the final phase.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the NDAs version in the region, is pitted against Congress candidate Romen Chandra Barthakur in a bid to retain the Jalukbari seat for the fifth consecutive term while the BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, who earlier represented Sorbhog, will fight a triangular contest with the AJP's working president Pabindra Deka and the Congress' Santanu Sarma in Patacharkuchi.

West Bengal

Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting, with 618 companies of CAPF deputed to guard 10,871 polling stations, which have been marked "sensitive" by the Election Commission (EC). Bengal police forces will also be deputed at strategic locations.

The Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, held by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, will be closely watched, as four of its seven assembly segments will go to polls in the third phase. The Indian Secular Front (ISF), started by Peerzada Abbas Siddiqui, has turned out to be a cause of concern for the TMC, as the outfit holds sway in several parts of South 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts.

Tamil Nadu

There are 88,937 polling stations in Tamil Nadu. The poll will see a total of 3,998 candidates contesting for the 234 assembly constituencies. In Karur, 77 candidates are contesting, the highest among all constituencies. In Bhavanisagar and Valparai, only six candidates are contesting.

The main players include All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and their alliance partners, including Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC), among others; the opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) which has allied with Congress, Communist parties (CPI, CPM), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), and others; TTV Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam including Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), Social Democratic Party of India (SPDI); Actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam including Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK), All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) and Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi.

Puducherry

Puducherry is also voting to elect a new government following the collapse of its Congress-led administration due to an array of resignations. It will witness a battle between the Congress party and the opposition led by a former chief minister N Rangasamy, who has allied with the BJP, the party accused of orchestrating the defection of ministers from the previous government by ‘purchasing’ and ‘threatening’ the Congress MLAs.

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