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West Bengal polls live: Violence mars elections as Babul Supriyo heckled in Kolkata
  • 19:30 (IST)

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Polling ends in Bengal polls third phase

    Amid allegations of widespread violence including the death of a Marxist activist, polling came to end for the third phase of the West Bengal assembly polls in 62 seats spread across four districts on Thursday.

    However, there were still many people in the queues outside polling booths in a large majority of the areas at 6 pm. - the scheduled time for close.

    The constituencies that went to polls included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata.

    As per the Election Commission, over 67 per cent turnout was recorded till 3 pm.

    Tahidul Islam, a CPM activist was allegedly killed after being "attacked with bombs by Trinamool Congress goons near a polling booth in Domkal in Murshidabad district.

    The administration, however, claimed Islam did not "die in any clash or bomb blast" but was murdered by unknown assailants and the body thrown near the booth. 

    IANS

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Heatwave claims life of poll officer in Bengal

    Heatwave claimed the life of a booth-level officer maintaining the queue outside a polling station in Burdwan district of West Bengal, where the third phase of assembly election was held today.


    Rabindranath Ghosh (40), involved in queue information system at booth number 65 in Mangalkot constituency died after suffering a sunstroke as he was standing for long hours, EC officials said.


    Burdwan district is reeling under a heatwave and Asansol town recorded a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius during the day, IMD official said

    PTI

  • 17:27 (IST)

     
    TMC workers were drunk, claims Babul Supriyo
     
    Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost writes-
     
    BJP MP Babul Supriyo chased down a few troublemakers in filmi style who had tried to heckle him while casting his vote. Minister of state for urban development, Babul had arrived at the Arya Kanya Vidyalaya booth under Jorasanko constituency with his parents to cast his vote when some alleged Trinamool Congress miscreants gheraoed and started heckling him.
     
    The actor-turned politician was then seen chasing down the hecklers as police and para-military personnel failed to keep pace with him.
     
    "TMC workers had started abusing and heckling me when I arrived. They are drunk and not in their senses. I managed to chase down and catch one and handed him over to the police," Babul was quoted as saying in 24 Ghanta.

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Babul Supriya heckled

    Union Minister Babul Supriyo was heckled at a poll booth in Jorasanko seat in West Bengal

  • 16:51 (IST)

    College professor fractures hands after attack by TMC activists
     
    Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost writes-
     
    About 2000 complaints have ben lodged with the Election Commission in the third phase of West Bengal Assembly polls so far, the most from Kolkata, amid reports of sporadic violence from other areas of the state.
     
    In Kalyani, a professor of Kalna Polytechnic College suffered fractured hands when alleged Trinamool Congress activists attacked him while he tried to cast his vote, reports Kolkata TV.
     
    Professor Shibu Das's wife Tultuli was also attacked while the couple stepped out to exercise their democratic right.
     
    "Some TMC workers threatened us last night not to step outside during the day of the polling. We still didn't think it'd come to such a pass. Just as we neared the polling booth, some TMC goons attacked us and tried to hit me on the head with bamboo sticks. I tried to save my head and the blows landed on my hands. Both my hands are broken," Professor Das was quoted, as saying by the TV channel. Das's wife said she was also not spared.
     
    "They tried to beat me up too but I made a lucky escape," she said. The couple are yet to file a police complaint, however, fearing more attacks.

  • 16:35 (IST)

    TMC has unleashed a reign of terror, claims CPM

    The CPM has, in very strong terms, reacted to the incidents of violence in the West Bengal elections, and has said that the TMC has unleashed a reign of terror, as reported by PTI.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    67.80% voting till 3 p.m

    The updated figures for polling during the West Bengal elections have come. According to the latest figures, 67.80% voting has been seen till 3 p..m, ANI has reported.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Violence mars West Bengal elections

    A CPI(M) polling agent was killed and four other party workers were injured as incidents of violence today marred polling in 62 seats in the third phase of West Bengal Assembly election which saw 57 per cent turnout till 1 PM.

    The body of a 35-year-old CPI(M) polling agent, identified as Tahidur Islam, was found outside a polling booth at Shibapara area of Domkal assembly seat in Murshidabad district.

    PTI

  • 15:55 (IST)

    57% turnout in first 6 hours

    Amid incidents of violence that left one person dead and several others injured, over 57 percent votes were cast in 62 constituencies during the first six hours on Thursday in the third phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.
     

    The constituencies that went to polls on Thursday included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata. Thursday's balloting marked the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to polls on 11 April.

    IANS

  • 15:45 (IST)

    TMC leader brought to police station

    Anwar Khan has been brought to Cossipore Police Station.

  • 15:44 (IST)

    TMC leader arrested after police raids
     
    Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost writes: 
     
    TMC leader Anwar Khan has been arrested from a house in Kolkata's Dum Dum area, according to reports which have just emerged. Khan, a local tough who has just been released on bail, had fled on Thursday when he was caught inciting local TMC workers in Kolkata's Cossipore constituency as voting kicked off in third phase of Bengal Assembly polls. Though the TMC leader was under round-the-clock surveillance, he still managed to give cops the slip. Khan was finally arrested after 5 special teams from Kolkata Police spread out in different areas and started raiding specific locations.
     

  • 14:54 (IST)

    Congress claims 'unholy alliance' between TMC and BSF
     
    Firstpost's Sreemoy Talukdar writes: 
     
    State Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury has blamed an "unholy alliance" between the ruling Trinamool Congress and Border Security Force for the death which occurred in Domkal, Murshidabad on Thursday.
     
    "Since this is a border area, the BSF, which operates here, is involved with the cattle smuggling racket. They have struck some sort of understanding with the TMC which is why their goons were allowed to escape after killing Tahidul.
     
    "We have requested the EC to deploy CRPF jawans here instead of BSF. And we have also called for repoll in certain booths in Domkal which witnessed violence today," Chowdhury was quoted. as saying in local TV channels.
     
    TMC's Domkal nominee Soumik Hossain has denied the charges, blaming the death on infighting between the Left Front and Congress. "There is no alliance here. They know they will lose even their deposit in this seat which is why out of frustration they have indulged in violence which led to the killing," Hossain was quoted as saying in 24 Ghanta.

  • 14:49 (IST)

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee responds to EC notice, says it is 'under examination'

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today responded to an Election Commission show-cause notice on prima facie violation of model code, days after the poll body rejected a response from the state Chief Secretary on her behalf.


    "Reply to the EC notice has been received from Mamata Banerjee. It is under examination," a Commission official said here, refusing to give further details.

    She was served with the notice last week for announcing at an election rally creation of a new district.

    PTI

  • 14:35 (IST)

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  • 14:19 (IST)

    Voting picks up, 56.08% polling till 1 p.m.

    As the day progresses, voting is slowly picking up in the third phase of the West Bengal election. According to the most recent figures, 56.08% voting has been recorded till 1 p.m, as reported by ANI.

  • 13:57 (IST)

    Cops visit polling booth in Kolkata 

    In north Kolkata, police team went to a polling booth after receiving complaints of booth capture 

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Violence dominates phase 3

    TMC leader Anwar Khan, who was caught inciting party workers in Cossipore constituency of Kolkata early on Thursday, is absconding after the Election Commission ordered his arrest. Khan, a local tough jailed for various criminal acts, was recently released on bail. Following EC's orders, Kolkata police officers raided his house but failed to trace him, following which he has been declared as a 'fugitive'. Questions have been raised against Kolkata Police's role because Khan, a known troublemaker, was ordered by EC to be under round-the-clock surveillance.
    In another incident, Rahul Sinha, BJP national secretary and party's candidate from Jorasanko constituency, has alleged that TMC workers have threatened and prevented BJP polling agents from entering Victoria College booth in Rajabazar area of the city. Sinha has called for deployment of more central forces, reports local TV channels.
    Reports of violence, meanwhile, have emerged from different parts of Bengal. In Chakdah, two CPM workers were violently beaten up. In Burdwan's Ketugram constituency, four persons were injured in separate incidents. Following reports of the slashing of the ear of a CPM worker, more details have emerged of firing and bombings in different parts of the area. Two more CPM workers and one TMC activist have been injured in the clashes.
    In Nadia's Gayeshpur, TMC workers allegedly singled out voters who have attended CPM and Congress rallies and have threatened them with dire consequences if they try to cast their votes, reports ETV News Bangla.
    In Mangalkote constituency of Burdwan district, central forces have launched a door-to-door campaign, requesting voters to cast their votes after villagers reported incidents of intimidation. In Sinuth village of the same constituency, two were injured when clashes broke out between local CPM and TMC activists. The injured have been admitted to Katwa sub-divisional hospital, report local TV channels.

    Sreemoy Talukdar, Senior Editor, Firstpost

  • 13:25 (IST)

    TMC leader issues apology to Roopa Ganguly

    TMC leader Rezzak Mollah issued an apology on Thursday for his personal remarks against BJP leader Roopa Ganguly. According to Zee News, the TMC leader said that she really is Draupadi and he knows the "length of the cigarettes she (Roopa) smokes or with whom she lives with."

  • 13:00 (IST)

    TMC leader issues apology to Rupa Ganguly

    TMC leader Rezzak Mollah issued an apology on Thursday for his personal remarks against BJP leader Rupal Ganguly. According to Zee News, the TMC leader said that she really is Draupadi and he knows the "length of the cigarettes she (Roopa) smokes or with whom she lives with."

  • 12:50 (IST)

    39.76% voting till 11 am 

    Amid clashes between political groups, 39.76% voting recorded in the third phase of polling in West Bengal till 11 am, as per the ANI.

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Blame game ensues over CPM worker's death

    The killing of CPM worker in Murshidabad district kicked off a blame game between CPM and TMC, with the Left party alleging that TMC had unleashed a "reign of terror" while EC was only acting as a "mute spectator". The TMC denied the allegations and said the killing was a fallout of differences between CPM and Congress.

    A furious CPM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra lashed out at TMC. "The blood of martyr Tahidul Islam will not go in vain. We will continue to protect the booths with the last drop of our blood. People will oust TMC. The gruesome murder of CPM polling agent Tahidul Islam in the polling premises of Domkal by TMC points out to the reign of terror in Bengal," Mishra said.

    The TMC leadership, however, denied the allegations. "Sad news of a death in Domkal. It is a result of CPM-Congress infighting," TMC leader and candidate Shoumik Hossain told PTI.

    State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said people will give a befitting reply to the TMC for its "terror tactics".

    PTI

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Three injured in Domkal

    Domkal in Murshidabad emerged as the hotbed of violence in third phase of polling in West Bengal with reports emerging of three more people injured in firing, following the death of one early in the morning.
    CPM workers Akhtarul and Rintu were shot at by alleged TMC goons in Shiropara area of Domkal while TMC's Shariful Islam also took a bullet in fresh clashes. The injured have been admitted to Murshidabad Medical College hospital, according to reports.
    Meanwhile, ADG Anuj Sharma in his report submitted to the Election Commission on Domkal murder mentioned that Tahidul was hacked to death by assailants just 500 metres away from the polling booth in Jitpur and not gunned down as was reported earlier. The report also says that Tahidul was not a polling agent of any party, a claim contested by local CPM leader Anisur Rahman who has identified Tahidul as an active member of his party.
    Kamarujjaman, the husband of TMC panchayat chief, is absconding after the incident. He defected to TMC from CPM just three months ahead of the polls, reports ETV News Bangla.

    Sreemoy Talukdar, Senior Editor, Firstpost

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Voting in Kolkata 

    Over 1.37 crore (1,37,42,000) voters in West Bengal are eligible to elect their legislators across 16,461 polling stations, including 10 auxiliary booths, from a field of 418 candidates — 34 of them women. Residents of Kolkata urged voters to come out and exercise their franchise on Thursday. 

  • 11:58 (IST)

    'EC being intentionally incompetent'

    Whistleblower former Indian Police Service officer Nazrul Islam, who is contesting from Domkal, accused the EC of being "intentionally incompetent". "Despite repeated pleas, no efforts were made to arrest criminals from the area nor were illegal weapons seized. It is not that the EC is incompetent or can't do it. They intentionally did not do it," said Islam.

    "The EC has chosen to be intentionally incompetent, the reason being a tacit understanding between ruling parties at the Centre (BJP) and the state (Trinamool)," added Islam, who is contesting as a candidate of Mulnibasi Party, an outfit floated by him.

    Several crude bombs were recovered from near a booth in Saguna in Nadia district too. Both the CPM and the Congress alleged their polling agents were assaulted and driven out in several booths. Booth-capturing and voter intimidation also took place in several areas.

    IANS

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Over 14% voter turnout in Kolkata

    An Election Commission official said, "Till 9 am, overall 18.29 percent polling was recorded. The turnout in Murshidabad was 20.53 percent, Nadia 18.09 percent, Burdwan 17.01 percent and Kolkata 14.71 percent."  The EC officials also received over 800 complaints, including those of violence, voter intimidation, and disruption to poll process, during voting so far. Twenty-two constituencies in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia and 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata are up for grabs.

    IANS

  • 11:28 (IST)

    Highest voter turnout in Murshidabad

    The highest voter turnout of 20.53 percent was recorded in the 22 seats of Murshidabad district while the lowest of 14.71 percent was recorded in the metropolis till 9 am. The voting percentage in 17 seats of Nadia district was 18.09 while in Burdwan it was 17.01.The overall average was 18.29 per cent.

    Amidst a tight security cover by one lakh security personnel deployed to look after law and order, polling
    which began at 7 AM in 16,461 polling stations will go on till 6 pm.

    PTI

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Four arrested in Burdwan

    In Burdwan district where third phase Assembly election is on in 16 seats, four persons were injured in separate incidents in polling booths under Ketugram Assembly constituency. District returning officer Soumitra Mohan said four persons have been arrested in this connection. 

    In a separate incident, Central Forces stopped Trinamool Congress candidate in Purbasthali Uttar seat of the district, Tapan Chattopadhyay, from entering booth no 20 due to a "communication gap". He was later allowed to enter after he showed valid papers.

    Two EVM machines were replaced after it started malfunctioning at a polling booth under ward no 3 of Katwa Assembly seat. Polling was delayed by 45 minutes as a result of this, district election official said.

    PTI

  • 10:52 (IST)

    18.29% voting till 9 am

    Amid sporadic incidents of violence in Burdwan, Murshidabad, Kolkata, 18.29% voting has been registered in third phase of polling in West Bengal till 9 am. Poll percentage stands at: 20.53 in Murshidabad, 18 in Nadia, Kolkata North 14.71 and Burdwan 17.01. 

  • 10:41 (IST)

    1,000 complaints lodged in first three hours

    An unprecedented 1,000 complaints have been lodged with the Election Commission in the first three hours of voting in third phase of West Bengal's Assembly elections, reports ETV News Bangla. In Burdwan district's Ketugram, one CPM agent's ear was allegedly sawed off and leg broken as TMC workers clashed with CPM activists in booth No 83 of Harmur hamlet. Two CPM workers and one from TMC was injured in the clash which also witnessed heavy bombings.

    In Kolkata's Beleghata constituency, one of the seven that went to polls on Thursday, 11 people were arrested in sporadic clashes as reports emerged of rigging and booth capturing in different areas. Local TV channels showed footage of cops lathicharging miscreants after complaints came in of voter intimidation. Four CPM polling agents were reportedly prevented from entering booths and beaten up by alleged TMC workers. Two fake voters have so far been arrested

    Till 9am, poll percentage stands at: 20.53 in Murshidabad, 18 in Nadia, Kolkata North 14.71 and Burdwan 17.01

    Sreemoy Talukdar, Senior Editor, Firstpost

  • 10:16 (IST)

    Violence reported in various polling booths

    Despite the additional deployment of security by the Election Commission, incidents of violence have been reported from various polling booths. Goons were seen brandishing pistols in Burdwan. 

  • 10:08 (IST)

    Cops say murder not related to polls

    The 35-year-old CPM worker's body was found lying outside a polling booth at Shibapara area under Domkal Assembly seat  in Murshidabad district. Murshidabad Superintendent of police C Sudhakar, however, said the murder was not related to polls. Congress candidate of Hariharpara Assembly seat in the same district Mir Alam Gir alleged that two party supporters were beaten up allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers at Hosseinpur. Trinamool Congress, however, denied the charges. Polling is being held in 22 Assembly constituencies of the district out of the total 62 seats, where polling is underway.

    PTI

  • 09:58 (IST)

    CPM accuses Trinamool Congress

    CPM leader Anisur Rahman accused Trinamool Congress for the killing of their worker in Murshidabad, but the ruling party has denied the charges. "Apprehensive of defeat Trinamool has been indulging in terror tactics and Islam's death is a result of that. He was trying to prevent Trinamool goons from booth capturing so they killed him," said Rehman, contesting from Domkal. "Tahidul Islam (30), said to be a polling agent has been killed. Prime facie it appears crude bombs were thrown at him. We are verifying all the facts," said a police officer. 

    IANS
     

  • 09:52 (IST)

    1 killed in poll violence in Murshidabad

    Violence claimed its first victim since West Bengal went to polls with CPM agent Tahidul Islam reportedly hacked and gunned down on Thursday inside a polling booth in Murshidabad district's Domkal area. Mushidabad, a Congress stronghold, was identified as one of the very sensitive areas with Election Commission fielding three police observers, a departure from the usual practice of one for every district. According to reports in local TV channels, Jitpur area in Domkal saw heavy bombings since voting started at 7 am. Shortly afterwards, assailants entered booth No 173 and gunned down Tahidul. Though villagers and victim's kin have pointed finger of suspicion at the ruling Trinamool Congress, local TMC candidate has denied the charges, saying that the murder was a cause of fighting between alliance partners CPM and Congress. The death occurred even as EC fielded 714 companies of central armed police force, comprising around 75,000 personnel for voting in 62 constituencies across 16,461 polling stations, including 10 auxiliary booths. Over 1.37 crore (1,37,42,000) voters are exercising their democratic rights in third phase of polling in the state.

    Sreemoy Talukdar, Senior Editor, Firstpost

  • 09:45 (IST)

    Voters come out early to escape heat

    To avoid the scorching sun as the day progresses, many voters were ready to exercise their franchise early in the morning. Several districts are reeling under a heatwave. Even in the city, the weatherman has predicted 39 degrees Celsius temperature on the polling day.

  • 09:37 (IST)

    Next phase on 25 April 

    Over 1.37 crore voters, including 65.8 lakh women, are registered in the electoral rolls at these constituencies. So far, voters in 105 of the total 294 constituencies have exercised their right to franchise on three dates — 4, 11, 17 April — in the first two phases. West Bengal is having a staggered six-phase election. Polling for the remaining phases will be held on April 25, 30 and May 5.

    Agencies

  • 09:28 (IST)

    Preparations before polling

    On Wednesday, polling officers were busy setting up the booths for Thursday's voting. Officials also checked EVMs at distribution centres in Kolkata. 

    PTI

  • 09:23 (IST)

    Explosives seized

    Third phase of polling kicked off today in West Bengal in 62 seats, including 7 in Kolkata. Fresh explosives were seized yesterday from a Kolkata-bound car. Already one person has died in Domkol, Murshidabad, in early morning violence. 

  • 09:14 (IST)

    418 candidates in the fray

    Twenty two constituencies in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia and 16 in Burdwan districts as also seven in north Kolkata are up for grabs. Thursday marks the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to the hustings on 11 April. Among the major candidates in this phase are state ministers and Trinamool contestants Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Sashi Panja, Sadhan Pandey, Subrata Saha, former state minister and CPI-M candidates Anisur Rahaman and Debesh Das, Congress legislature party leader Md. Sohrab and former state party president Somendranath Mitra and Ritesh Tiwari from the BJP.
     

  • 08:58 (IST)

    PM urges people to vote 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people in West Bengal to come out in large numbers and vote. 

  • 08:49 (IST)

    CPM worker dead
     

    One CPM worker died in Jitpur village is Domkal(Murshidabad district) after a crude bomb was hurled by TMC workers

  • 08:46 (IST)

    Tight security 

    The Election Commission has identified 3,401 hamlets in the phase as vulnerable where extra security and confidence building measures were taken. Based on complaints received from the electorate, 6,095 voters have been identified as vulnerable after which action has been taken against 4,094 trouble-mongers.

    PTI

  • 08:30 (IST)

    Tight security 

    The Election Commission has identified 3,401 hamlets in the phase as vulnerable where extra security and confidence building measures were taken. Based on complaints received from the electorate, 6,095 voters have been identified as vulnerable after which action has been taken against 4,094 trouble-mongers.

    PTI

  • 08:23 (IST)

    Opposition relying on Murshidabad district

    Key candidates whose fate will be sealed on Thursday include Trinamool ministers Shashi Panja and Sadhan Pande, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, five-time Congress MLA Md Sohrab, CPM MLA Anisur Rahman and retired IPS officer Nazrul Islam. Opposition is relying on Murshidabad district, which has been a Congress stronghold. Besides the Vivekananda flyover collapse in the city, the Narada sting operation and Saradha chit fund scam have put the ruling Trinamool Congress in a tight spot.

    PTI

  • 08:11 (IST)

    Early voters line up outside polling booths 

    Over 1.37 crore voters, including 65.8 lakh women, are registered in the electoral rolls at these constituencies. Voting began at 7 am in 16,461 polling stations and will go on till 6 pm. To avoid the scorching sun as the day progresses, many voters were ready to exercise their franchise early in the morning

  • 08:03 (IST)

    Crucial third phase starts

    With one lakh security personnel deployed to look after law and order, polling for the crucial third phase of West Bengal Assembly election began on Thursday at 7 am. Polling will be held in 62 seats, including seven constituencies in Kolkata. Altogether 418 candidates, including 34 women candidates, are in fray in the 62 seats spread over Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan districts and north Kolkata

    PTI

  • 19:48 (IST)

    79.70 per cent polling in phase two of WB polls

    Election Commission has revealed the latest numbers of the turnout. The second phase of West Bengal polls saw a turnout of 79.70 percent, said the Election Commission. PTI

  • 19:09 (IST)

    Polling for second phase of Bengal polls ends

    Polling ended on Sunday evening in 56 constituencies spread across seven districts in the second phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.

    Polling came to end at 6 p.m. in five of the constituencies in Alipurduar district, seven in Jalpaiguri, nine in North Dinajpur, six each in Darjeeling and South Dinajpur and 12 in Malda districts, all in north Bengal.

    The only south Bengal district going to the polls in this phase is Birbhum. Of its 11 constituencies, seven -- Dubrajpur, Suri, Nalhati, Rampurhat, Sainthia, Hansan and Murarai -- have been classified as affected by Left-wing extremism and polling in these areas ended two hours earlier than elsewhere at 4 p.m.

    As per the last report, over 70 percent turnout was reported till 3 p.m.

    The second phase of the polls involved about 1.22 crore registered voters, 383 candidates, including 33 women, and 13,645 polling stations. IANS

Kolkata: People lined up in large numbers outside the polling booths, as voting began at 7 am for the third phase of West Bengal Assembly election involving 62 seats spread over four districts on Thursday.


Twenty two constituencies in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia and 16 in Burdwan districts as also seven in north Kolkata are up for grabs. Thursday marks the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to the hustings on 11 April.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Over 1.37 crore (1,37,42,000) voters are eligible to choose their legislators across 16,461 polling stations, including 10 auxiliary booths, from a field of 418 candidates - 34 of them women.

Five years back, in the Assembly polls in the 62 constituencies, then allies Trinamool and Congress had captured 45 seats, with the Trinamool taking 29 and the Congress 16.

Among the Left Front partners, the CPM had won 14, and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, Samajwadi Party and All India Forward Bloc one each.

The ruling Trinamool, and the BJP are contesting in all the seats in this phase.

The Left-Front Congress alliance is also in fray for all the seats. But the Congress nominees are also clashing with those from the Left Front in 11 seats — 10 in Murshidabad and one in Nadia.


In this phase, Ranaghat South in Nadia is the largest constituency electorate-wise, and Ausgram in Burdwan district the biggest in terms of area. Shyampukar constituency in Kolkata (North) has the least number of electors.

Among the major candidates in this phase are state ministers and Trinamool contestants Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Sashi Panja, Sadhan Pandey, Subrata Saha, former state minister and CPM candidates Anisur Rahaman and Debesh Das, Congress legislature party leader Md. Sohrab and former state party president Somendranath Mitra and Ritesh Tiwari from the BJP.

So far, voters in 105 of the total 294 constituencies have exercised their right to franchise on three dates — 4, 11 and 17 April — in the first two phases.

West Bengal is having a staggered six-phase election. Polling for the remaining phases will be held on 25, 30 and 5 May.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Apr 21, 2016 05:48 pm | Updated Date: Apr 21, 2016 07:30 pm


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