“While 123 companies of Central forces and 4,500 State police personnel will be stationed in Cooch Behar, 238 companies of Central forces and 3,500 State police personnel will be deployed in Purba Medinipur,” an Election Commission official said. The EC has identified about 900 troublemakers and has taken action against them. ‘Militarisation of elections’. Read more
Here are the live updates:
An elderly person named Akkel Ali from Mosaldanga being taken to polling booth. His family members claimed he is above 100 years where as his voter card shows he is 84.
10.00 a.m: Poll percentage till 9 a.m., as reported by DEOs :
Purba Medinipur: 24.45 %,
09.55 a.m.: Huge enthusiasm in voters in erstwhile enclave voting for the first time, says Ayesha Rani, ADM Cooch Behar. "It took lot of efforts from educate voters who are exercising their franchise for the first time" she added.
09.50 a.m.: "Allah has saved me for this day. When I woke up in the morning I could not stand. Now that I have voted I can die in peace," Asgar Ali told The Hindu.
Photo: Election Commission
09.45 a.m.: Special initiative for the differently able voters in Purba Medinipur.
09.37 a.m.: Trinamool Congress' secretary of Murshidabad District, Subir Sarkar, shot from close range. Election in Murshidabad took place in earlier phase. Mr. Sarkar received bullet injury in chest and hand, taken to hospital, The Hindu correspondent Shiv Sahay Singh reports from Cooch Behar.
Photo: Shiv Sahay
09.30 a.m.: 103-year-old Asgar Ali, oldest voter from Mosaldanga an erstwhile enclave, coming out of polling booth after casting his vote.
09.25 a.m.: Opposition polling agent allegedly beaten up by TMC cadres at Tufanganj Assembly seat in Cooch Behar.
09.04 a.m.: Five TMC workers reportedly detained in the Moyna Assembly seat in Purba Medinipur district for trying to intimidate voters.
08.00 a.m.: Opposition parties have alleged that outsiders are entering the Ramnagar Assembly, in Purba Medinipur district, seat at the behest of TMC to influence voters.
07.42 a.m.: CPI(M) polling agents house allegedly vandalised by TMC in Moyna Assembly seat in Purba Medinipur.
07.25 a.m.: Opposition have alleged that in several booths in Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district their polling agents could not be present due to threats by TMC.
07.12 a.m.: As many as 58.04 lakh voters will decide the fate of 170 candidates. Of the total voters, 27.8 lakh are women while voters of the third gender number 68.