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Final phase of voting underway for 35 seats in West Bengal amid Covid-19 spike

The voting of the final phase of eight-phase Assembly elections in West Bengal began on Thursday amid spiralling cases of Covid-19. A total of 35 constituencies in Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, and Kolkata will exercise their franchise to elect their representatives from a total of 283 candidates.

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West Bengal final phase voting

The voting of the final phase of eight-phase Assembly elections in West Bengal began on Thursday amid spiralling cases of Covid-19. A total of 35 constituencies in Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, and Kolkata will exercise their franchise to elect their representatives from a total of 283 candidates.

The polling began at 7am in 11, 860 polling booths and will continue till 6:30 pm. The voting in 35 constituencies include 11 in Murshidabad, six constituencies of Malda, seven in Kolkata North and 11 in Birbhum. As many as 8,4,77,728 people are expected to cast their vote in the final phase of the election. 

In view of the violence in previous phases, the security measures in the last phase have been tightened. Around 641 companies of central forces have been deployed to ensure free and fair voting. Keeping in mind the Covid-19 norms, the voting began adhering to strict guidelines issued by the poll panel. The temperature of each voter will be checked, and they will be provided with gloves and sanitisers at the polling station, the Election Commission said.

To encourage the voters to exercise their votes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, the last phase of the 2021 West Bengal elections takes place today. In line with the Covid-19 protocols, I call upon people to cast their vote and enrich the festival of democracy.

The voting, meanwhile, suffered a half-an-hour delay at polling booth number 188 in West Bengal’s Birbhum due to an EVM snag. The allegations by Trinamool Congress has once again surfaced claiming that the CRPF personnel are interfering in the voting process and threatening the voters.

Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty , who cast his vote at a polling station in Kashipur-Belgachia, North Kolkata, said he never voted so peacefully ever before and congratulated all the security personnel.

In the last phase of the West Bengal election,  the focus is largely on the 11 seats in the Birbhum district, and all eyes are on the Trinamool Congress strongman Anubrata Mondal, a close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Despite a series of controversies and allegations of political killings against Mondal, Banerjee has not let go of him. 

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The voting for the last phase has begun amid a raging second wave of Covid-19, when West Bengal on Wednesday logged 17,207 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest-single day spike recorded in the state so far, pushing the tally to 7,93,552. The death toll in the state has mounted to 11,159 with 77 more fatalities which is also the maximum count in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the campaigning for the final phase was a low-key affair, as the EC has imposed curbs in the wake of Covid-19 cases in the state. It had increased the silence period to 72 hours, hence both BJP and TMC held virtual rallies to woo the voters.

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Lawrence Bishnoi’s brother claims credit for firing incident outside Salman Khan’s house

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Anmol Bishnoi, the brother of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, is said to have accepted responsibility for shooting outside Salman Khan’s house on Sunday. Anmol, who is apparently hiding in the US and is wanted in India, allegedly posted on social media, calling the actor’s firing only a trailer and delivering a warning.

In his alleged facebook post, Anmol said, peace is what they seek. If the only decision against oppression is war, then so be it. He further said giving warning to Salman Khan that they have only shown you a trailer so that the actor can understand the magnitude of their strength and do not test it.

He continued saying, this is the first and last warning. After this, shots will not be fired outside the house only. He said that he h as kept two dogs whom he had named after named after Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel. He claimed that Salman Khan considers them as his Gods. Concluding the post Anmol said, he dosen’t have the habit of talking much.

This incident occurred when two unidentified guys riding bikes fired four rounds of gunshots outside Salman Khan’s Bandra residence in Mumbai early on Sunday morning. The incident occurred at roughly 4.51 am outside of Galaxy Apartments. However, no one was injured in the incident.

However, Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan responded to the incident and said, that everything is gin and no one is injured.

As per the early investigation the bullets were fount in the balcony of Salman Khan’s house.

Meanwhile, the actor’s security has been stepped up and the police are closely monitoring the situation. The crime branch, local police and forensic teams visited the spot for further probe and recovered shells of bullets fired outside Khan’s house.

In addition, Salman Khan has been granted permission to carry a personal firearm for protection.

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Gunshots fired outside Salman Khan’s Galaxy Apartment in Bandra, Mumbai Police investigates

A firing incident took place outside Salman Khan’s home in Bandra today, and investigation is currently underway.

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Early in the morning, gunshots were heard outside Salman Khan’s Bandra house. An unidentified person fired a gun into the air while riding a bike about five in the morning. Police are currently looking into the matter and conducting searches.

It has been reported that two men fired bullets outside Salman’s Galaxy Aparetment at around 5:00 am. A gunshot fire was found close to the air conditioner mounted on the wall beside it. An investigation has been launched by Mumbai Police to identify the gunman. The forensic team and the crime branch also arrived at the location.

However, there are currently no reports of injuries. The security around Salman Khan’s home has been inxcreased, according to the police. On the other side, the Bandra Police Station has received an official complaint (FIR) against unidentified attackers. DCP has also arrived at the location. Images of the two suspects who opened fire at Salman’s house on the bike appeared. In the images, the two accussed can be seen wearing helmets to prevent identification. Salman’s home has CCTV installed, and the image was taken using it.

This is not the first time that Salman Khan has been attacked or threatened. Several people have threatened to kill him. Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi had planned ahead of time to use his goons to attack the Bollywood actor. The man who was given the idea to kill Salman Khan is none other than Naresh Shetty, the mentor of mobster Kala Jathedi and the most important person in Bishnoi’s gang.

In addition, mobster Sampat Nehra had set up camp in Mumbai for a few days in order to attack Salman Khan. Not only that, but after escaping, infamous mobster Kala Jathedi also made Mumbai his home. At one point or another, all of these mob figures resided in Mumbai’s Vaasi area.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of Eid, Salman Khan frequently waves to his followers from the balcony of his first-floor Galaxy Apartment.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: BJP releases manifesto Sankalp Patra in presence of PM Modi, focuses on women, poor and youth

The BJP released its manifesto or Sankalp Patra, with tagline Modi ki Guarantee, for the Lok Sabha election 2024

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At the party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday, April 14, the Bharatiya Janata Party unveiled their manifesto, or Sankalp Patra, for the Lok Sabha election of 2024, with the slogan Modi ki Guarantee. The manifesto was presented in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda, and other senior leaders.

The day marks on the anniversary of the birth of BR Ambedkar, a notable Dalit leader who drafted the Indian Constitution. A 27-member committee to draft the party’s manifesto, led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, was constituted by the BJP and convened twice to discuss its contents. Ahead of this, the party conducted several campaigns on social media and sent out vans across the nation to get recommendations from the public.

The four pillars of Viksit Bharat—women power, youth power, farmers, and the poor—are the core of the manifesto, according to the prime minister. The PM said that the manifesto emphasizes both the quantity and quality of opportunities, as well as the dignity of life and quality of life.

According to the PM, the government will prioritize installing piped gas in every home and provide free solar-powered electricity.

A five-year extension of the Centre’s free ration system was promised in the manifesto. To stabilize prices and safeguard the plates of the impoverished, the government said it will concentrate on achieving self-sufficiency in the production of vegetables, edible oils, and pulses. It stated that every home will have access to drinking water and that the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the PMAwas Yojana would be increased.

As per the BJP manifesto, farmers would still receive Rs 6,000 in annual support, and the crop insurance program will be strengthened with the use of technology. According to the manifesto, the government will keep raising the minimum support price for crops on a regular basis, establish new clusters for the production of necessities, and construct more storage facilities.

JP Nadda, speaking to the media, outlined the accomplishments of the BJP government during its ten years in office. He restated that the central campaign slogan of the BJP, Modi ki guarantee, is a guarantee that all guarantees will be fulfilled.

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