West Bengal, Assam Election 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: Despite reporting sporadic incidents of violence, the polling in the second phase of West Bengal Assembly elections remained high. The state registered 80.43% voter turnout while Assam recorded 76.96% turnout.
The hotly-contested Nandigram seat, which saw Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pitted against her former aide-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari from BJP, saw sporadic incidents of violence and accusations of vote fraud and booth capturing were leveled by both the parties. Despite this, both Suvendu and Mamata were confident of their win from the seat.
Mamata visited several booths across the constituency as sporadic incidents of violence and allegations of booth jamming marred the voting process in the second phase. She slammed the Election Commission for “inaction” despite her party lodging several poll-related complaints and threatened to move the law courts over it.
Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Assam’s Kokrajhar on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people of Assam have shown the “red card” to the Congress-led Grand Alliance in the state. He also accused the previous Congress governments of being a mute spectator to unbridled violence in the Bodo dominated areas of the state. “People of Assam have given their blessings to the NDA in first phase of assembly poll. Football is a popular sport in Assam. In football parlance, the people of Assam have shown the Congress-led alliance the red card,” he said addressing an election rally in Kokrajhar.