4th phase of Bengal polls; Prashant Kishor audio tape; COVID surge in India | Top Headlines

Here are the top headlines of the hour:

1. BJP releases a sensational audio clip of TMC poll strategist Prashant Kishor. Prashant Kishor heard admitting to appeasement politics in West Bengal. He slams the leak and calls it ‘dirty tactics by the BJP’.

2. TMC calls it dirty tactics by the BJP, Prashant Kishor dares the party to release the entire clip, calls it a ‘mind game’.

3. Violence breaks out in several areas during the fourth phase of polling in West Bengal. Union Minister heckled in Kolkata, Bengal. BJP MP targeted in Hoogly.

4. As violence has been reported in several parts of Kolkata, West Bengal, 5 people have been killed reportedly in Sitalkuchi. The massive clash took place between Trinamool Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party workers.

5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Siliguri, West Bengal. He said 'Didi (Mamata Banerjee) did not give the right to the poor, Dalits, tribals, backward classes or anyone. There was 'tolabazi' and 'cut money' in every scheme by the state governments.'

6. Times Now’s end COVID racism campaign resonates, poll panel takes note of COVID violation during elections campaign. Warns netas, says ‘stern action against those who violate norms’.

6. India records biggest COVID spike in 24 hours. Over 1.45 lakh new Coronavirus cases have been recorded across the country. Maharashtra is the worst affected.