State Assembly Elections 2021: Polling begins in Kerala, TN, Puducherry, 3rd phase polling held in Assam, WB

This is the third and final phase of voting in Assam, while West Bengal has 5 more phases remaining. The voting is also underway for by-polls in the Malappuram Parliamentary constituency in Kerala and Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu.

Created On: Apr 6, 2021 11:28 ISTModified On: Apr 6, 2021 11:29 IST
State Assembly Elections 2021

The voting has begun for single-phase assembly elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The polling has also begun for the third phase of assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal. 

This is the third and final phase of voting in Assam, while West Bengal has 5 more phases remaining. The voting is also underway for by-polls in the Malappuram Parliamentary constituency in Kerala and Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu.

The voting began at 7 am in all poll-bound states and will conclude at 6 PM in Assam, 6.30 PM in West Bengal and at 7 PM in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Voter Turnout

West Bengal recorded a 14 percent voter turnout till 9.30 am. 

Tamil Nadu recorded a 13.8 percent voter turnout till 9.30 am

Kerala recorded 14.87 percent voter turnout till 9.40 am

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections

•In Tamil Nadu, 234 Assembly seats are going to polls across 37 districts with 3,998 candidates in the fray including 411 women candidates. 

•The state is expected to witness multi-cornered contests this time. It has two major alliances that will go up against each other, the ruling AIADMK-BJP alliance and the coalition of the DMK and Congress.

•Actor-politician or-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is also a contender this time along with the newly-formed alliance between Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).

•The single-phase elections are taking place in the state today amid rising COVID-19 cases. Face masks have been made mandatory for all voters. 

•All polling booths have been equipped with basic facilities such as safe drinking water, face masks, PPE Kits, hand sanitisers, hand gloves and special arrangements for persons with disabilities.

•Uber transport has also been arranged by the Election Commission to help the elderly commute free of cost to cast their vote in Chennai Coimbatore and Tiruchy. 

•Covid positive people have been allowed to cast their vote from 6 pm to 7 pm exclusively.

Kerala Assembly Elections 2021

•In Kerala, 140 assembly seats are going to polls in a single phase with 957 candidates in fray in assembly polls. The Elections began at all 140 constituencies at 7 am in the morning and will continue till 7 pm in the evening in 131 constituencies and till 6 pm in 9 naxal- affected constituencies.

•Voting is also being held for Malappuram Parliamentary constituency, where 6 candidates are in the fray. 

•Overall, 2.74 crore eligible voters are there in the state with 5 lakh first-time voters. 

•The main contest is expected to be between Congress-led UDF, CPM-led LDF and BJP-led NDA. 

•Here also, the polling is being held while following strict COVID-19 protocols with proper usage of masks, sanitizers and adherence to social distancing. Thermal screening has also been deployed and security has been tightened. 

•Most of the polling booths also have CCTV facility to prevent bogus or double voting. 

Puducherry Assembly Elections 2021

In Puducherry, 30 assembly seats are going to polls with 324 candidates in the fray including 35 women. 
There are over 10.04 lakh voters in the state and to enable smooth voting, a total of 1559 polling booths have been set up.

Puducherry is also expected to witness multi-cornered contests between Naam Tamilar Katchi, DMDK, AMMK-25, MNM-22, DMK-13 + Congress-14, NR Congress, BJP and the BSP. 

Assam Assembly Elections 2021

In Assam, 40 assembly seats are going to polls in the third and final phase of voting and 337 candidates are in the fray. Several high-profile candidates are in the fray this time including ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Chandra Mohan Patowary and state BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass and BPF leaders Pramila Rani Brahma and Chandan Brahma. 

West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

In West Bengal, 31 seats across three districts are going to polls in the third phase and there 205 candidates in the fray including 13 women.

There are over 78.52 lakh voters in this phase including 38.59 lakh women and 246 Third Gender persons.
The BJP and ruling AITC are contesting for all the 31 seats while Congress, Left parties and Indian Secular Front are fighting under the banner of Sanyukt Morcha. The CPI (M) and BSP have also fielded 13 candidates each.

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