Data Intelligence Unit
West Bengal Phase 5: Uphill for BJP with Gorkhas, TMC together in hills; slippery for incumbents on plains
While in 2016, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) defeated the TMC in Darjeeling and Kurseong with a high winning margin of over 20 per cent, this time Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong are closely looked at as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s Bimal Gurung, a champion of a separate statehood of Gorkhaland, has pledged support to the TMC.
Almost one-third of the traditional Congress voters have shifted with the passage of time in Bengal's Raiganj.
Nearly 75 lakh more voters compared to the 2016 assembly polls are eligible to cast their votes in the ongoing elections. This is over one-tenth of the current electoral strength (7.34 crore) in the state.
India has surpassed Brazil in terms of daily Covid-19 cases as the country has been reporting more than one in every five confirmed infections globally each day.
Maharashtra accounts for a third of India’s daily new coronavirus cases and over a fourth of total new deaths.
Mumbai and Delhi, the most populous Indian cities, are yet again leading the Covid-19 surge in the country.
The upsurge in new Covid-19 cases, fears of lockdown in Maharashtra and tougher restrictions in other states battered the Indian share market, wiping off over Rs 8 lakh crore of investors wealth on Monday.
West Bengal is only halfway through elections. Even as the number of cumulative Covid cases in the state is less than in many others, the rapid rise in new infections has evolved as a concern for it.
The national average for the R-value, or reproduction number, one of the parameters of Covid-19 transmission, is 1.32, indicating that one infected person spreads the virus to more than one but less than two people.
West Bengal's Singur, a town that became emblematic of conflict over land acquisition during the Communist rule and propelled Mamata Banerjee as a champion of the farmers' cause, is scheduled to elect its new legislator in the fourth phase taking place on Saturday.
Women outnumbered men by a wide margin of 3.6 lakh votes in 2016 Tamil Nadu Assemby polls. During Chhattisgarh elections, there was a 23 per cent surge in female turnout in 2013 compared to what was seen 2008.
India recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,15,736 Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 1,28,01,785. The country reported 630 Covid-linked deaths in a span of 24 hours, the highest since November.