Assembly Elections 2021: Voting begins in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal & Assam
Tuesday, April 6 2021, marks the beginning of Assembly Elections in four states- Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala – and Union Territory of Puducherry. The day will record voting across 750 constituencies across the states and UT, with voting beginning at 7 am.
Voting in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be carried out in single phase polling on Tuesday. West Bengal on the other hand is all set for its third phase with five more phases ahead. Assam is having its final phase of the three phases on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to all citizens across the constituencies to exercise their freedom to vote and be a part of democracy.
In a recent development, the Election Commission has suspended a sector officer after three EVMs and four VVPAT machines were found at TMC leader Goutam Ghosh’s residence.
In Kerala, 2.74 crore voters will cast their votes to elect their representatives. At least 957 candidates are competing for 140 Assembly constituencies across the state of Kerala.
In Assam, 337 candidates, including senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, his five cabinet colleagues and BJP state unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass will compete for 40 assembly constituencies today. more
In West Bengal, over 78.5 lakh voters will exercise their right to vote. In the state BJP is seeking to overthrow the Trinamool Congress government and the Left Front-ISF-Congress alliance is also hoping to perform well. 205 candidates are in fray, including BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly in three districts -Howrah, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas.
In Tamil Nadu there are 6,28,69,955 crore eligible voters. By-election to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency will be held on Tuesday also after the constituency fell vacant following the demise of Congress MP H Vasanthakumar.