Kolkata, Mar 28 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 6 WB-POLLS-MAMATA-SHAH Mamata derides Shah's claim of winning 26 of 30 seats in first phase of Bengal elections Chandipur/Kolkata: Deriding Union Home Minister Amit Shah's assertion that the BJP will win 26 of the 30 seats for which polling was held in the first phase of West Bengal assembly elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said that 'the people's verdict will be evident after votes are counted.' CAL 10 WB-2ND-LD-SOUMITRA-BIOPIC Biopic on well-known Bengali actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay to release later this year Kolkata: A biopic on famous actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay, well-known for his award winning roles in Satyajit Ray's movies and star of many a hit Bengali film of the previous century is slated to be released later this year by actor-director Parambrata Chatterjee.

CAL 11 WB-POLL-LD TURNOUT Bengal records 84.63 pc polling in phase-1 of assembly elections Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab on Sunday said that 84.63 per cent of 73.80 lakh voters in 30 constituencies exercised their franchise during the first phase of polling on March 27.

CAL 12 AS-POLL-CONG-EC Cong seeks action against publication of advertisement on BJP claim of winning all upper Assam seats Guwahati: Congress on Sunday submitted a memorandum to Election Commission here seeking action against BJP and six newspapers of Assam for publishing an advertisement in a news report format claiming that the saffron party is winning all the constituencies in the Upper Assam.

CAL 13 AS-BJP-EXPULSION BJP expels 7 Assam leaders for contesting as independent candidates Guwahati: The BJP in Assam on Sunday said that it has expelled seven leaders from the primary membership of the party for six years for contesting as independent candidates in the assembly election after being denied tickets.

CES 6 WB-POLL-HOLI-RIVALS TMC candidate celebrates Holi with BJP nominees aboard vessel Kolkata: Sinking political differences, Trinamool Congress candidate and maverick politician Madan Mitra on Sunday celebrated Holi with three actors-turned-BJP nominees on board a vessel on river Hooghly.

CES 7 WB-POLL-BOMB-SEIZURE Crude bombs, country-made firearms seized in poll- bound Bengal Canning: A large number of crude bombs and several country-made firearms were seized in different poll-bound areas in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, police said on Sunday.

CES 10 OD-VIRUS-JAGANNATH TEMPLE Jagannath Temple Puri to remain closed on Sundays for disinfection Puri: Keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday decided to close the 12th century shrine for devotees in order to undertake disinfection on every Sunday from next week. PTI RG RG