West Bengal: CPI(M) candidate Sushanta Ghosh attacked by unidentified men
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate for the Salboni constituency, Sushanta Ghosh, was attacked by unknown miscreants before being escorted away by security. Further investigation into the matter is underway.
The first phase of the assembly polls is witnessing a triangular contest in Salboni between Ghosh, Trinamool Congress' Srikanto Mahato and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Rajib Kundu.
'Your vote is your right': Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urges all elegible voters to exercise franchise
Suvendu Adhikari writes to EC seeking suspension of several officials for 'helping TMC members' carry out malpractices
BJP leaders accuse TMC of attempting to influence voters
Samit Das, the BJP candidate from West Midnapore contended that TMC workers had entered a booth in a bid to influence voters. Reports have also quoted BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh as making similar assertions.
Ahead of polls, a vehicle caught fire under mysterious circumstances in Bengal
A vehicle caught fire under mysterious circumstances as it was returning after delivering food to polling workers in Purulia on Friday night ahead of the first phase of polling in West Bengal. The driver has been taken for questioning by the police and further details are awaited.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges voters to 'exercise their franchise in record numbers'
The Prime Minister who is presently on a trip to Bangladesh took to Twitter noting that polls had begun, and urging people to cast their votes.
First phase voting for Assembly Elections in West Bengal and Assam begin
Polling began at 7 am and the booths will close at 6 pm. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a slew of restrictions in place and timings have been extended by an hour.
While this is the first of eight phases of polling for Bengal, Assam will be conducting two more phases in the first week of April.