The campaign for the second part of the first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal on Monday ended here on Saturday. Polling will be held in 31 constituencies.
Thirteen of the constituencies are in Paschim Medinipur district, and nine each in Bankura and Bardhaman. The constituencies in Bardhaman are located primarily in its industrial belt. The fate of 163 candidates will be decided by 69,90,900 voters who will exercise their franchise across 8,465 polling stations, including two auxiliary stations.
In this phase, the electorate will decide the political fortunes of a number of political heavyweights, including Leader of the Opposition and Communist party of India (Marxist) State secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra contesting from Narayangarh, State BJP president Dilip Ghosh from Kharagpur Sadar, former Minister and Congress stalwart Manas Bhunia from Sabang and the senior-most political contender, Gyan Singh Sohanpal (91), from Kharagpur Sadar..
Final phase in Assam
The high-voltage campaign ended in Assam with 61 of the 126 Assembly constituencies going to the polls in the second and final phase on Monday.
Political parties went all out to woo the 1,04,35,271-strong electorate — 53,91,204 males, 50,44,051 females and 22 others — who will decide the fate of 525 candidates — 477 males and 48 females — in the 61 constituencies spread across Lower and Central Assam.
The campaign was characterised by a no-holds-barred tirade of allegations and counter-allegations with the Congress going all out to retain power for the fourth successive term, while the BJP-led combine attempting to wrest it from the ruling party and the All India United Democratic Front claiming to be the ‘kingmaker’ in the next government formation.