Kolkata, Mar 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 7 WB-POLL-LD TURNOUT Sporadic violence marks first phase of Bengal polls, 36.09pc turnout till 11 am Midnapore/Kolkata/Kanthi: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some areas that are voting in the first phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, even as the overall poll situation was peaceful with 36.09 per cent turnout recorded till 11 am, officials said.

CAL 8 AS-POLL-LD TURNOUT Assam elections: 25.88pc turnout recorded in first four hours of polling Guwahati: An estimated 25.88 per cent of the total 81.09 lakh electors exercised their franchise till 11 am in 47 constituencies of Assam where polling is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in the first phase of elections on Saturday.

CAL 9 WB-POLL-TMS-EC TMC delegation asks EC to bring back rule which allowed parties to appoint only locals as poll booth agents Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress delegation, led by MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Saturday urged the Election Commission to bring back the rule which enjoined upon political parties to appoint only people, registered as voters in an assembly segment where an election booth was located, as polling agents for that booth.

CAL 11 WB-POLL-MAMATA Confront BJP-hired goons with ladla and spatula, Mamata tells women in Bengal Kolkata: Alleging that the BJP was bringing in goons from outside to stop people from exercising their franchise in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged women to 'confront the hoodlums with ladle, spatula' and other cooking utensils.

CAL 14 WB-POLL-LD-SAMYUKTA MORCHA-PROFILE Cong-Left-ISF alliance fighting for political relevance, hopes to be kingmaker Kolkata: With the poll narrative for the assembly poll in West Bengal sharply polarised between the ruling TMC and opposition BJP, the Congress-Left-ISF alliance is fighting to prove its political relevance and is pinning its hopes on being the kingmaker in case of a fractured mandate.

CAL 15 WB-POLL-MAMATA-TAPE-CONTROVERSY Mamata's purported audio clip seeking help from BJP leader to win Nandigram stirs row in Bengal Kolkata: A huge controversy erupted on Saturday amid the polling for 30 assembly seats in West Bengal, with the BJP releasing an audio clip where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and help her win the seat.

CES 3 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 210 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,39,904 on Saturday as 210 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,920, a health official said.

CES 6 WB-POLL-THREAT TMC candidate allegedly threatens BJP leader in altercation Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress candidate in Purulia Sujoy Bandyopadhyay on Saturday allegedly threatened to shoot local BJP leader Dipak Bauri during an altercation. PTI RG RG