Kolkata, Mar 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 24 WB-POLL-2ND LD TURNOUT Sporadic violence marks first phase of Bengal polls, 79.79 per cent turnout till 5pm Midnapore/Kolkata: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from various places that went to polls on Saturday during the first phase of the West Bengal assembly election, even as the overall poll situation was largely peaceful with 79.79 per cent turnout recorded till 5 pm, an official said.

CAL 25 WB-LD POLL-MAMATA-TAPE-CONTROVERSY BJP claims Mamata sought help of party leader to win Nandigram, TMC hits back 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 saffron party leader from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and help her win the seat.

CAL 16 WB-POLL-LD MAMATA Confront BJP-hired goons with ladle 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 17 WB-POLL-2NDLD-SAMYUKTA MORCHA-PROFILE Cong-Left-ISF alliance fighting for political relevance, hopes to be kingmaker Kolkata: With the poll narrative in West Bengal sharply polarised between the ruling TMC and opposition BJP, the Congress-Left-ISF alliance is fighting to prove its relevance with hopes of being a kingmaker in case of a fractured mandate.

CAL 19 AS-NRC-REQUEST RGI turns down Assam govt's request to financially support pending NRC work beyond March 31 Guwahati: The Registrar General of India (RGI) has turned down a request of the Assam government to continue financial support for completing pending work of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) beyond March 31 this year.

CAL 21 AS-POLL-KANHAIYA Kanhaiya calls Modi 'biggest liar', compares Himanta to Kansa of Mahabharata Morigaon: CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar hit out at BJP on Saturday calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'the biggest liar' and comparing the saffron party's top Assam leader Himanta Biswa Sarma with King Kansa, the tyrant ruler of Mathura in the Mahabharata.

CAL 22 AS-POLL-KHARGE BJP sensed defeat as its ally promises to give jobs to surrendered ultras in army: Kharge Guwahati: The BJP-led alliance in Assam has already sensed defeat in the election and in a desperate bid, its constituent the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), has promised that surrendered cadres of militant bodies will be provided with jobs in the army and paramilitary forces, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge claimed on Saturday.

CAL 23 WB-POLL-MAMATA-MODI-MATUA Mamata accuses Modi of speaking at Matua temple with an eye on WB polls Kharagpur: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the Matua temple at Orakandi in Bangladesh was with an eye on elections in West Bengal. PTI RG RG