Amit Shah in Kolkata. (PTI)
Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Ahead of phase 4 of the West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is slated to hold four public programs in the state today. Shah will hold a press conference in Kolkata today at 12 PM. After this, he will carry out a door-to-door campaign in Bhabanipur at 2 PM. He will also hold two roadshows in Jagatdal and Madhyamgram later today.
Meanwhile, a day after the Election Commission served her a notice for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with her appeal last week to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would continue to raise her voice against any attempt to divide voters on communal lines.
Also in Bengal, TMC candidate Girindra Nath Barman was allegedly attacked by BJP workers while he was returning from an election campaign yesterday. “BJP goons vandalised his car & attacked him. He has sustained head injuries. We demand action,” a TMC worker told ANI.
In other news, the Congress in Kerala approached the Election Commission on Thursday, seeking action against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for alleged violation of the model code of conduct on the polling day, PTI reported. Kannur Congress president Satheesan Pacheni complained that Vijayan had openly claimed on Tuesday — the day of voting — that his government had the support of Lord Ayyappa and all other Gods.
People queue up to vote at the Diamond Harbour constituency in West Bengal. (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)
The Election Commission Thursday issued a notice to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari for 'communal overtones' of his speech made on March 29 aimed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Addressing a poll rally in West Bengal's Damjur, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the Election Commission could serve her ten notices but she would only urge people to vote unitedly without any division. "How many complaints have been filed against Narendra Modi? He does Hindu-Muslim every day," ANI quoted her as saying.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that West Bengal is not a safe place for women under the TMC government and if the BJP comes to power, anti-romeo squads would be formed in the state just like UP.
BJP President JP Nadda held three roadshows in Alipurduar, Dinhata, and Mekliganj ahead of the fourth and final phase of the Assembly elections in the state.