#WestBengalElection

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
CPI ML Liberatioin activists gather around to protest against state Government's alleged inaction towards post-poll violence and initiatives to control a surge in COVID-19 cases in Kolkata, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • The four-member team would reach the state on Thursday
  • At least six people have been killed in different parts of West Bengal in post-poll violence
  • The Home Ministry's team will look into the reasons for violence and assess the ground situation

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Micro-blogging platform Twitter on Tuesday permanently banned actor Kangana Ranaut over alleged hate remarks. (Photo credit: Instagram/KanganaRanaut)

  • Actor Kangana Ranaut said the ban by Twitter was the result of alleged enslavement mentality
  • "I have many platforms I can use to raise my voice, including cinema," the actor said 
  • The ban comes following Kangana's comments on alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
In 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee's TMC won 213 seats, two more than 2016 elections. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • In an interview, IPAC director and co-founder Pratik Jain shared his insights on the battle for Bengal
  • Jain shared reasons that led towards Didi's win in the state and what went against the BJP
  • IPAC has been behind the win of parties like YSRCP, JD(U) and Congress in previous assembly elections

Mamata Banerjee needs to get elected to West Bengal Assembly within six months. (Photo credit: Twitter/@MamataOfficial)

  • In order to continue as Chief Minister, Banerjee has to get elected to assembly within six months. 
  • In a way Banerjee is in the same situation as she was after the 2011 elections
  • That time she did not contest though she led the party to trounce the Left

Mamata Bannerjee trailing by a small margin in Nandigram, leads show. Photo credit: PTI

  • Mamata Banerjee is contesting from Nandigram 
  • She faces her former aide Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the BJP
  • In 2000s, Mamata Banerjee led the campaign in Nandigram for 'farmers's rights'

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A queue of voters outside a polling station in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

  • West Bengal that polled in eight phases wrapped up its final phase on April 29
  • Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Assam and Kerala votes on April 6
  • The counting of the votes will be held on May 2 in these four states and UT

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Four states conducted elections during the second wave of the pandemic. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • EC said that it has continuously directed state authorities to enforce NDMA instructions
  • Tamil Nadu announced lockdown days after the campaign period was over
  • Counting for votes for all the assembly elections will be held on May 2

.Malda, West Bengal, India
Mamata Banerjee addressed the COVID-19 situation at Malda. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • EC should ensure that postal ballot facilities are available for COVID-19 patients, Banerjee said
  • Lockdown is not a solution as it takes a toll on people, jobs, economy, she added
  • The Bengal CM accused Centre of discrimination when it comes to vaccine distribution

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Mamata Banerjee said that PM Modi should take responsibility of the spike in COVID-19 cases. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Mamata Banerjee has been demanding an alternative vaccine policy
  • Vaccine policy doesn't address issues of quality, efficacy, supply, and price, she said
  • West Bengal on Monday logged 8,426 new COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Bollywood actress and MP Jaya Bachchan during a road show campaign in Kolkata on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

  • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested the commission to conduct the remaining phases in one go
  • "(There is) no such plan of clubbing phases," said an EC spokesperson in response to queries
  • An all-party meeting has been called by the chief electoral officer of West Bengal on Friday