Bengal Elections 2021: Voting will probably be held at 11,860 polling stations unfold over 11 Assembly constituencies every in Murshidabad and Birbhum, and 6 in Malda and 7 in Kolkata
More than a month after the electoral train to elect a brand new state Legislative Assembly in West Bengal started, over 84 lakh voters unfold throughout 5 districts will solid their ballots on Thursday to determine the final batch of 35 representatives to be elected through a well-liked contest.
Voting for the ultimate section of the West Bengal Assembly polls will start at 7 am right this moment and can proceed until 6.30 pm.
A complete of 84,77,728 voters — 43,55,835 male, 41,21,735 ladies and 158 of the third gender — are eligible to train their franchise within the ultimate section of the election.
The electors will determine the political destiny of 283 candidates when the 35 Assembly constituencies go to the polls within the eighth and ultimate section of the West Bengal Assembly polls.
The election will happen amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 which killed one other 77 on Wednesday and contaminated 17,207 folks, the highest-single day spike recorded within the state thus far.
The election may even be held amid heightened safety preparations in view of the violence within the earlier phases, significantly the dying of 4 folks in Cooch Behar in a CISF firing and one other by miscreants within the fourth spherical of polling on 10 April.
The Election Commission, which is going through extreme criticism for failing to curb the unfold of COVID-19 , and to make sure strict adherence to COVID-19 norms in political rallies and in polling stations, has determined to deploy at the very least 641 firms of central forces, together with 224 within the Birbhum district to make sure free and honest voting.
Voting will probably be held at 11,860 polling stations unfold over 11 Assembly constituencies every in Murshidabad and Birbhum, and 6 in Malda and 7 in Kolkata (the full list of constituencies is here).
The state has undergone seven phases of elections for 259 seats with the seventh section of the election for 34 seats being held on 26 April. The seventh section of the West Bengal elections noticed a turnout of 75.06 p.c voter until 5 pm. The ultimate turnout for the seventh section is but to be introduced.
The state has recorded a turnout of at the very least 79.11 p.c in 43 Assembly constituencies in Phase 6. The turnout within the remaining 5 phases of the Assembly election within the state was 84.13 p.c (section one), 86.11 p.c (section two), 84.61 p.c (section three), and 78.43 p.c (section 4) and 78.36 p.c (section 5).
The counting of votes for all of the 294 seats is scheduled for two May. The state Legislative Assembly has 295 members and consists of one nominated member from the Anglo-Indian group.
Tight contest in Kolkata, a three-cornered contest in Malda and Murshidabad districts
The focus within the ultimate section of polling will probably be on 5 Assembly constituencies in Kolkata north — Beleghata, Jorsanko, Shyampukur, Maniktala, Kashipur-Belgachia — as a neck and neck contest is predicted between TMC heavyweights and BJP challengers. Two TMC ministers — Shashi Panja (minister of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare) and Sadhan Pandey (state Consumer Affairs Minister) — are contesting from Shyampukur and Maniktala seats in north Kolkata, respectively.
Panja is up towards BJP’s Sandipan Biswas and AIFB’s Jiban Prakash Saha whereas Pandey faces former India footballer and BJP candidate Kalyan Chaubey and CPM’s Rupa Bagchi.
In Beleghata, TMC has fielded Paresh Paul towards BJP’s Kashinath Biswas and CPM’s Rajib Biswas.
In Jorasnko, BJP has named Meena Devi Purohit towards TMC’s Vivek Gupta and Congress’ Ajmal Khan. The TMC has named Atin Ghosh in Kashipur-Belgachia towards BJP candidate Sibaji Sinha Roy and CPM’s Pratip Dasgupta.
The ultimate section is predicted to see three-cornered contests in most of the 17 constituencies in Malda and Murshidabad districts the place the Left-Congress-ISF mix has a stronghold aside from the TMC and the BJP.
EC locations TMC’s Birbhum chief underneath surveillance
Meanwhile, the ballot panel has positioned Trinamool Congress Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal underneath strict surveillance until Friday 7 am, because the chief electoral officer within the state has obtained “several complaints against him”, the official stated.
The TMC chief was positioned underneath comparable surveillance in the course of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the 2016 Assembly polls.
As of 27 April, surveillance groups of the Election Commission (EC) had seized Rs 1.45 crore suspect money from numerous poll-bound areas, officers instructed PTI.
In the primary occasion, Rs 30 lakh money was seized by the groups at Maulali crossing within the Chowrangee meeting constituency.
Another workforce seized Rs 40 lakh from a automobile within the Jorasanko Assembly seat space. Similarly, a workforce of Kolkata Police intercepted 5 folks and seized Rs 75 lakh for which they might not give “any documentation or justification”, a senior EC official stated.
The Income Tax Department has been intimated about these instances, he stated.
The EC deploys static surveillance groups, drawn from numerous central and state authorities businesses, to verify the move of unlawful inducements to voters like money, medicine and different objects within the run-up to the polls.
EC to concentrate on strict implementation of COVID-19 guidelines
The EC, which was not too long ago hammered for its failure to make sure strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines in the course of the mass gathering and political rallies in West Bengal and several other different states, is prone to have its eyes set on not simply conducting a free and honest election, but in addition guaranteeing that the COVID-19 protocols are adhered to in the course of the voting course of, an election official instructed PTI.
West Bengal on Wednesday logged 17,207 contemporary COVID-19 instances, the highest-single day spike recorded within the state thus far, pushing the tally to 7,93,552, a bulletin issued by the state well being division stated.
The dying toll climbed to 11,159 with 77 extra fatalities which can be the utmost rely throughout a day, it stated. Campaigning for the eighth and ultimate section has been a low-key affair, following curbs imposed by the EC within the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 instances within the state.
The ballot fee has banned roadshows and automobile rallies within the state and famous that the COVID security norms have been being flouted in West Bengal throughout campaigning. It additionally disallowed any public assembly with greater than 500 folks.
Leaders of political events selected both the digital platform or small street-corner conferences for campaigning, which ended on 26 April night. TMC supremo and incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of mishandling the second wave of COVID-19 and offering insufficient vaccines to the state.
BJP president JP Nadda denied Baneree’s allegations and attacked her for not attending the essential assembly convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to debate the COVID10 state of affairs.
The EC has additionally banned all victory processions on 2 May, each throughout and after the counting of votes.
With inputs from PTI