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TMC worker killed in Bengal on eve of polls, violence hits East & West Midnapore district | India News – Times of India

Bengal witnessed polling at a brisker pace till 5pm on Saturday in the penultimate phase, compared to the earlier ones, but it was marred by the poll-eve murder of a Trinamool Congress worker in East Midnapore's Mahisadal and a near fatal attack on another in Moyna in the same district. Despite sporadic incidents of violence, mostly in the traditionally volatile belts of East and West Midnapore, average turnout in the eight seats that voted in the sixth phase was 78% till 5pm.The final figures will show an uptick, EC said.The attacks on TMC workers spurred poll-day demonstrations against BJP candidates Hiran (Ghatal), Agnimitra Paul (Midnapore) and Abijit Ganguly (Tamluk) at multiple places in Keshpur and Egra.Around 3pm, violence erupted outside a booth in Garbeta under Jhargram LS con...
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Lok Sabha Polls Phase 6: I.N.D.I.A Vs BJP In Delhi As Voting Set To Take Place Across 58 Seats

Lok Sabha Polls Phase 6: The Polling for Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday will take place in 58 Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) across eight States and Union Territories (UTs), including Haryana and the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Other states and a union territory participating in this phase include Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Simultaneously, 42 Assembly Constituencies in Odisha will also vote on May 25. The full list of constituencies that go to poll in Lok Sabha Polls Phase 6 includes: Bihar: Valmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan, Maharajganj Delhi: Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North We...
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Cyclone ‘Remal’ warning issued for Bengal and Assam | India News – Times of India

A low-pressure area brewing over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into severe cycl-onic storm on Sunday in south Bengal, including Kolkata, bringing heavy thunder-showers and squally winds gusting up to 80 kmph.Assam will also witness heavy to very heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday and Monday. The cyclonic storm is to be named 'Remal'. Met office said the system is likely to move northwards, developing into a depression by Friday and a cyclonic storm by Saturday morning.Landfall can happen any time on Sunday night.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.call...
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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee compromising national security for sake of vote-bank politics: Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah made a bold statement at Kanthi rally West Bengal on Wednesday, signaling the BJP's growing strength in the state and targeting the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.Shah said that the "INDIA bloc" has been decimated following the conclusion of five phases of Lok Sabha polls in the state, indicating a significant dent in the opposition's stronghold.He emphasized the BJP's burgeoning influence, hinting at an imminent political upheaval.Asserting confidence in BJP's electoral prospects, Shah predicted that once the party secures 30 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, the TMC would disintegrate, paving the way for the exit of the Mamata Banerjee-led government. This bold assertion underscores the BJP's ambi...
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With two INDIA bloc suitors, which way will Muslim votes go in Bengal? | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: In a state that had been scarred by Partition and its violence, religion always played a role, though as an undercurrent. But in the past 10 years things have changed and suddenly religion seems more in-your-face, more overt. There’s been a steady increase in the number of Ram Navami processions, and Hanuman temples have sprouted across the state — a growing testimony to the rise of Hindutva.Muslims in Bengal, on the other hand, have also found a way to assert their identity, by interweaving political messaging into religious practices. The “us” and “them” feeling is now giving way to acrimony even among educated urban minds. Such newly formed social habits are actively aiding the politics of polarisation in Bengal.Numbers tell the storyThere are close to 20 Lok Sabha seats in ...
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Bengal tops Phase 5 with 78.5% turnout but it’s still less than in ’19, Bihar at bottom | India News – Times of India

In terms of the overall percentage, Bengal registered highest turnout of 78.5%, but lower than the last general election when voting was 80.1%. Bihar reported the lowest voting, where five seats went to polls on Monday. Voting was higher in 21 parliamentary constituencies. Eight seats in Maharashtra, of 13, saw higher polling. Among the six seats in Mumbai, only Mumbai North West saw a higher turnout, 58.4% against 54.4% in 2019, while Mumbai South recorded the lowest voting among all 49 constituencies at 50.1%.Six of the 14 LS constituencies in UP and four of the five seats in Odisha also saw higher voting.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { ...
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Adhir in pickle as Congress high command takes stern view of defacement of Kharge poster

Kolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury seems to be on a sticky wicket after being snubbed by party president Mallikarjun Kharge at an INDIA bloc meet last week in Mumbai during a news briefing.Kharge made it clear that Adhir Ranjan’s archrival and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee is with the INDIA bloc in spite of her flip-flop about her stand with the Congress-led INDIA bloc. “Mamata Banerjee is with the alliance, she said she would join the government. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will not make the decisions. The decisions will be made by me and the high command, and those who don’t agree will go out,” Kharge had said. Show Full Article This was interpreted in the political circles as a warning from t...
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BJP’s CAA card has confused Matua voters in Bongaon and adjoining seats in Bengal | India News – Times of India

BONGAON: A palpable quiet looms over the sleepy villages and bustling market places in Bongaon, with just a week to go for polling (May 20) in this Lok Sabha constituency, tucked away on the India-Bangladesh border.“We will vote on May 20, but no one has come here yet to ask for votes,” said Kalpana Sardar (40), a housewife from Petropol village adjoining the border gate, even as the outer wall of her pucca house has Trinamool Congress graffiti on it.There are no party flags anywhere across the paddy fields or the large ponds around house, except for some wall writing by TMC and BJP to be spotted infrequently. It’s a direct fight between sitting BJP MP Santanu Thakur and Trinamool Congress (TMC) nominee Biswajit Das. Both belong to the dominant Matua community in this seat. CPM’s Pradip...
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‘INDIA bloc my brainchild, very much part of it’: Mamata Banerjee’s U-turn after ‘outside support’ remark | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after announcing that Trinamool Congress (TMC) will extend "outside support" to the INDIA alliance to form government at the Centre if it wins the Lok Sabha elections, now Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a U-turn and said she is "very much part of INDIA alliance" at the national level. Addressing a rally in Bengal's Tamluk, the TMC chief said, "At all India level, some people have misunderstood my statement yesterday.I am very much part of the INDIA alliance. The INDIA alliance was my brainchild. We are together at the national level and will continue to be together."The clarification comes a day after her "outside support" remark led to speculations of her exiting the united opposition alliance against the BJP. At the same time, Mamata made it clear tha...
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‘Didigiri’ Vs ‘Dadagiri’ As Mamata Mounts Attack On Guv Bose: ‘Won’t Go To Raj Bhavan Till…’

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Governor C V Ananda Bose over allegations of molestation against him, and said he must explain why he should not step down. Speaking at a campaign rally in support of TMC’s Hooghly candidate Rachana Banerjee, CM Banerjee declared her refusal to enter Raj Bhavan as long as Bose retains his position as governor.    "The governor says 'didigiri' (high-handedness) will not be tolerated...But, I say Mr Governor, your 'dadagiri' will not work anymore,” the TMC supremo said. She further said, "Bose must explain why he should not resign after such allegations were levelled against him", news agency PTI quoted CM Mamata as saying. A contractual female employee of the R...
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Swing States | The Big Battle for Survival

A battle of epic proportions is on in election 2024 even as voting for the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha crosses the midway mark on May 7. And it’s playing out in three theatres of war—Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar. Collectively, they may contribute only a fourth to the total parliamentary strength, but the outcome in these three states will have far-reaching consequences for the nation. It will, for instance, determine whether the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cruises to a third consecutive majority, or huffs and puffs its way across the finish line. It is also a battle of survival for the regional satraps, who pose a formidable challenge to the dominance the BJP is striving for. They are what stands between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his place in history but, if they fa...