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West Bengal Assembly Election: Bengal Votes In Fifth Phase Under Shadow Of Covid-19 Surge: 10 Facts

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West Bengal is voting for 45 of 294 seats right now.

Kolkata/ New Delhi:
Bengal is voting for 45 of 294 seats right now within the fifth – and largest – of its eight ballot phases, that are being held amid a surge in Covid circumstances – over 4 lakh have been reported prior to now 48 hours.

Here are the highest 10 info on fifth section voting in Bengal:

  1. On Friday night, the Election Commission ordered a 72-hour ‘silence interval’, as a substitute of the standard 48 hours, forward of the remaining rounds of voting. The ballot physique cited the Covid pandemic and likewise stated election rallies and conferences – on days when campaigning is allowed – can be banned between 7 pm and 10 am.

  2. The Commission, criticised for not implementing Covid protocols – brazenly violated by political leaders, together with these from the BJP – additionally stated all candidates needed to put on face masks, and that it might be the responsibility of rally organisers to make sure that the hundreds of attendees additionally wore faces masks, maintained social distancing and used hand sanitisers.

  3. These orders got here on a day Home Minister Amit Shah held two roadshows and a rally, whereas Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held three rallies. Visuals from information company ANI confirmed hundreds, most with out masks and disregarding social distancing protocols, with the organisers have been both unwilling or unable to implement the principles.

  4. On Thursday, Ms Banerjee and members of her Trinamool strongly demanded that the three remaining phases – scheduled for April 22, 26 and 29 – be clubbed to examine the unfold of the coronavirus. The Election Commission dominated out clubbing the phases.

  5. A senior BJP chief instructed NDTV it was “much riskier” to membership the remaining phases as it might be troublesome to take care of social distancing. The BJP additionally instructed the Commission there was no signal, to this point {that a} “rise in Covid cases could be attributed to the democratic process”. The Left agreed with the BJP on the topic. However, Bengal reported 646 circumstances on March 27 (the primary day of polling) and practically 7,000 on Friday.

  6. Also on Friday, three Trinamool candidates – from Goalpokhar, Tapan and Jalpaiguri – examined constructive for COVID-19. A BJP candidate – from the Matigara-Naxalbari seat – has additionally examined constructive. The RSP’s Jangipur candidate, Pradip Kumar Nandi, died Friday after testing constructive earlier this week. The Congress’ Rezaul Haque – standing from Murshidabad’s Samsherganj additionally died from Covid-related problems.

  7. In the build-up to polling each Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh acquired 24-hour marketing campaign bans. Ms Banerjee was banned over feedback referring to Muslim votes whereas Mr Ghosh was banned for feedback on the Cooch Behar violence.

  8. Today is the fifth and largest section of polling in Bengal – with votes being solid in 45 seats throughout six districts within the north and south of the state. Bengal has already voted for 135 seats and after right now’s voting, outcomes for greater than half of its 294 seats will probably be sealed. High-profile contestants embrace the Trinamool’s Bratya Basu, Gautam Deb and Siddiqullah Chowdhury, and the BJP’s Jagannath Sarkar – one in every of 5 MPs nominated by the social gathering.

  9. The BJP is contesting all 45 seats. The ruling Trinamool will contest 42 with three given to allies Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). The Congress will contest solely 11, with alliance companion CPM contesting 25 and the remainder given to smaller events.

  10. In 2016, the Trinamool received 32 seats and over 45 per cent of the votes. The BJP and its allies have been left with three seats and fewer than 13 per cent, whereas the Congress and the Left (not allies then) received 5 every. In 2019 the BJP polled over 45 per cent of the votes from these areas – forward of the Trinamool’s 41 per cent. If that voting sample holds, the BJP wants solely to retain its edge and it’s the Trinamool that has to battle again.

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