New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The polling for the sixth phase 43 seats of assembly elections in West Bengal ended on Thursday with a voter turnout of 79.11 per cent. In this phase, elections were held in 17 seats in the North 24 Parganas district and nine seats in Nadia -- most of which has a significant presence of the Matuas, who are crucial to the electoral success of any party in the state.

Besides, elections are also being held in the nine seats in Uttar Dinajpur district and eight in Purba Bardhaman. Over 1.03 crore voters will decide the political fate of 306 candidates in this phase. Of them, 53.21 lakh are men and 50.65 lakh women, while 256 are third gender. The voting is being held in 14,480 polling stations in the 43 assembly segments in the four districts. Polling will continue till 6.30 pm, officials said.

Here are the highlights of the day:

7:10 pm: The sixth phase of polling ends with 79.11 per cent voter turnout.

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"Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing #COVID19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal," he tweeted.

3:50 pm: Nearly 66 per cent voter turnout has been recorded so far.

3:00 pm: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday dismissed allegations by Trinamool Congress that two of their activists were injured in firing by central forces in Ashok Nagar assembly constituency in North 24 Parganas district, an official said.

2:00 pm: West Bengal: Trees uprooted, vehicles and tin shed damaged in Siliguri following rainfall and strong winds here. Rescue and relief operation by local administration underway, no casualties reported yet.

1:30 pm: 57.30% voter turnout recorded till 1:28 pm in the sixth phase

12:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged eligible voters in West Bengal to exercise their franchise as the sixth phase of assembly polls got underway in the state.

12:15 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday urged the people of West Bengal to cast their vote without fear in the sixth phase of the Assembly election.

In a tweet, Shah said, "I appeal to all the voters of the sixth phase of Bengal, especially the youth, to vote fearlessly for the bright future of Bengal in maximum numbers. Your one vote is the foundation stone for providing rights to the poor and deprived of Bengal and making the state a leader in development."

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11:20 am: Polling underway in Chopra, North Dinajpur during the sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

11:10 am: West Bengal | Drone being used for security surveillance in the area near booth number 131-132 in Amdanga, North 24 Paraganas

11:00 am: A voter at a booth near Nandigram village, Katwa in Purba Bardhaman district was given first aid by the ITBP medic team during the sixth phase of polling in West Bengal today

10:30 am: Voting underway for the sixth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections. Visuals from Banpara

10:15 pm: ITBP troops guarding polling booths in Katwa, Purba Bardhaman District during the sixth phase of voting in the West Bengal Assembly elections

10:00 am: 17.19% voter turnout recorded till 9.30 am in the sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

9:00 am: Voting is underway at booth number 134 - at Raiganj Coronation High School - in Uttar Dinajpur. The voting could not begin on time here at 7 am, due to technical issues.

8:30 am: BJP candidate from Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, Krishna Kalyani cast his vote at booth number 134. He says, "Voting began a little late. It's a festival of democracy & everyone is participating. You can see the queues, it shows that this time voting will be for change, development."

8:10 am: Voting is underway at booth number 134 - at Raiganj Coronation High School - in Uttar Dinajpur. The voting could not begin on time here at 7 am, due to technical issues.

7:48 am: West Bengal: BJP national vice president Mukul Roy casts his vote for the sixth phase of state Assembly polls at booth number 141 - at Kanchrapara Municipal Polytechnic High School - in Kanchrapara of North 24 Parganas district.

7:35 am: People queue up to cast their vote for the sixth phase of #WestBengalPolls. Visuals from booth number 175 in Islampur, Uttar Dinajpur district.

7:25 am: Voting for the sixth phase of #WestBengalPolls is yet to begin at booth number 134 - at Raiganj Coronation High School - in Uttar Dinajpur, due to some technical issues.

7:10 am: West Bengal BJP vice president Arjun Singh casts his vote at booth number 144 in Jagatdal of North 24 Parganas. His son and party's candidate from Bhatpara, Pawan Singh also casts his vote.

7:00 am: Voting for the sixth phase of #WestBengalElections begins, 43 constituencies across 4 districts go to polls today.

6:45 am: People queue up outside polling station number 116 in Jagatdal constituency; voting for the sixth phase of #WestBengalPolls will commence at 7 am today.

6:30 am: Preparations underway at a polling booth in Mongalkote constituency, ahead of voting for the sixth phase of #WestBengalElections2021 today.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan