Photos: Marathon assembly election ends in West Bengal

  • Polling for one of the most gruelling and long-drawn West Bengal assembly elections concluded on April 29 with an estimated around 80 per cent of over 84.77 lakh voters exercising their franchise. The protracted polls were mired in controversy since the day the Election Commission announced an 8-phase election schedule on February 26, drawing accusation from the ruling TMC that it was aimed at helping the BJP. Large scale rallies in violation of Covid-19 protocols and the eventual surge in cases in the state only added to controversy. Results to the fierce contest between the TMC and the BJP will be declared on May 2.
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Voters in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram on April 1. A monthlong poll season that began with a tense political battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) but was quickly overshadowed by surging Covid-19 infections came to an end on April 29 with the conclusion of the eighth phase of voting.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

Voters in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram on April 1. A monthlong poll season that began with a tense political battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) but was quickly overshadowed by surging Covid-19 infections came to an end on April 29 with the conclusion of the eighth phase of voting.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

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Polling officials leaving a distribution centre after collecting election material on the eve of the second phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections, in Bankura on March 31. The polls were held in the backdrop of surging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. When the polls were announced, in late February, India was seeing around 15,000 cases a day. On the last day of polling, April 29, it recorded 386,713 cases.(PTI)

Polling officials leaving a distribution centre after collecting election material on the eve of the second phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections, in Bankura on March 31. The polls were held in the backdrop of surging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. When the polls were announced, in late February, India was seeing around 15,000 cases a day. On the last day of polling, April 29, it recorded 386,713 cases.(PTI)

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A large crowd looks at PM Narendra Modi leave in a helicopter after a public rally for West Bengal Assembly Elections, at Jaynagar, in South 24 Parganas on April 1. The Election Commission of India (ECI) was criticised for the eight-phase elections in West Bengal, which meant campaigning continued as coronavirus cases continued to rise.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A large crowd looks at PM Narendra Modi leave in a helicopter after a public rally for West Bengal Assembly Elections, at Jaynagar, in South 24 Parganas on April 1. The Election Commission of India (ECI) was criticised for the eight-phase elections in West Bengal, which meant campaigning continued as coronavirus cases continued to rise.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee with Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan during an election rally with TMC candidates from Beleghata to Bowbazar in Kolkata on April 15. All parties contesting the election were observed flouting Covid-19 safety protocols during the drawn-out poll season.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee with Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan during an election rally with TMC candidates from Beleghata to Bowbazar in Kolkata on April 15. All parties contesting the election were observed flouting Covid-19 safety protocols during the drawn-out poll season.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Voters wearing hand-gloves following Covid-19 protocols stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their ballot during the fifth phase of polling in Kolkata. As the election process meandeared through its course, the Covid-19 scourge that appeared to have been tamed in the initial stages began rearing its head.(Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP)

Voters wearing hand-gloves following Covid-19 protocols stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their ballot during the fifth phase of polling in Kolkata. As the election process meandeared through its course, the Covid-19 scourge that appeared to have been tamed in the initial stages began rearing its head.(Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP)

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A health worker ties a face mask to a voter at a polling station during the sixth phase of polling at Khardha, in North 24 Parganas on April 22. As experts sounded an alarm while rival contenders for power held massive rallies where Covid-19 norms were flouted, the TMC knocked on the doors of the Election Commission for clubbing together the last three phases of polling but its request was turned down.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

A health worker ties a face mask to a voter at a polling station during the sixth phase of polling at Khardha, in North 24 Parganas on April 22. As experts sounded an alarm while rival contenders for power held massive rallies where Covid-19 norms were flouted, the TMC knocked on the doors of the Election Commission for clubbing together the last three phases of polling but its request was turned down.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

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Voters in a queue at a polling station to cast their ballot during the fifth phase of assembly elections in Mohorgon Tea estate on the outskirts of Siliguri on April 17. The BJP is looking to wrest power from the TMC, which is looking for its third consecutive term. Polling for two seats will be held on May 16 due to the death of two candidates because of Covid-19(Diptendu Dutta / AFP)

Voters in a queue at a polling station to cast their ballot during the fifth phase of assembly elections in Mohorgon Tea estate on the outskirts of Siliguri on April 17. The BJP is looking to wrest power from the TMC, which is looking for its third consecutive term. Polling for two seats will be held on May 16 due to the death of two candidates because of Covid-19(Diptendu Dutta / AFP)

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Voters show their ID cards as they arrive to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram on April 1. Despite the elections dragging on for over a month--from March 27 to April 29--voter enthusiasm hardly showed any sign of waning, with the turnout ranging between 76.07 per cent in the 8th phase, held amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, and 86.11 per cent in the second phase, when the contagion seemed like ebbing away.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

Voters show their ID cards as they arrive to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram on April 1. Despite the elections dragging on for over a month--from March 27 to April 29--voter enthusiasm hardly showed any sign of waning, with the turnout ranging between 76.07 per cent in the 8th phase, held amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, and 86.11 per cent in the second phase, when the contagion seemed like ebbing away.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay during her last virtual campaign for State Assembly elections, in Kolkata on April 26. Some exit polls on April 29, gave the BJP, which pulled out all stops in its campaign, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah leading from the front, the edge. Others pointed to an advantage for the incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC). The truth will emerge on May 2, when votes are counted.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay during her last virtual campaign for State Assembly elections, in Kolkata on April 26. Some exit polls on April 29, gave the BJP, which pulled out all stops in its campaign, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah leading from the front, the edge. Others pointed to an advantage for the incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC). The truth will emerge on May 2, when votes are counted.(Ashok Bhaumik / PTI)

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