The 44 seats due for polls lie throughout Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts in north Bengal and in elements of South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hoogly within the southern a part of the state.
On Saturday, West Bengal will see its fourth section of election out of the eight phases scheduled as a complete of 44 seats, unfold throughout 5 districts will go to polls between 7 am to six pm.
This section is predicted to be one of the keenly watched tranches of the electoral course of within the politically charged state as most many due for polling lie within the North Bengal area, the place the BJP had managed to make inroads in the course of the previous Lok Sabha polls. The BJP will likely be striving laborious to carry its fort within the North Bengal area, whereas the TMC will search to get well its misplaced floor amid altering political equations.
The 44 seats due for polls lie throughout Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts in north Bengal and in elements of South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hoogly within the southern half of the state.
Once thought of a bastion of the Congress and the Left Front, north Bengal districts – largely dominated by tribal and minority communities — have largely remained out of bounds for the TMC, barring a short time period.
The districts in Southern elements too comprise a number of swing seats.
The ruling camp had managed to fare nicely in 2016 state polls, when it bagged 25 seats within the area, however the subsequent common election in 2019 modified the course of the wind in favour of the BJP, which gained seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats and stayed forward in 35 meeting segments. The TMC, which pulled up its socks after the Lok Sabha ballot debacle, has, nonetheless, managed to woo again GJM chief Bimal Gurung, who holds sway over no less than 15 Assembly seats and 11 Gorkha communities.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh acknowledged that his get together is assured of sweeping North Bengal this election. Negating him, senior TMC chief and state minister Gautam Deb claimed that “tables would be turned on rivals” and the ruling get together will emerge victorious within the northern half of the state.
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Date and Time of ballot
Polling for the phase-IV will start at 7 am and can conclude at 6.30 pm at present, on 10 April when a whole of 1,15,81,022 voters will resolve the destiny of 373 candidates in constituencies unfold over Howrah (Part II), South 24 Parganas(Part III), Hooghly (Part II), Alipurduar and Cooch Behar.
Of the 44 constituencies, 9 meeting constituencies are in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, 5 in Alipurduar, 9 in Coochbehar and ten in Hooghly.
The Election Commission has deployed 789 corporations of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) at 15,940 polling stations that are unfold over the 44 constituencies going to polls. The highest deployment of 187 corporations of CAPF has been completed in Cooch Behar, which has witnessed sporadic incidents of violence within the run-up to the elections, together with an assault on BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.
Key candidates in fray
The electoral fates of Union Minister Babul Supriyo and West Bengal ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas will likely be determined on this section.
Supriyo will lock horns with sitting MLA Arup Biswas at Tollygunj, recognized to be the guts of the Bengali movie business within the southern outskirts of Kolkata, whereas Partha Chatterjee, who can be the TMC’s secretary common, will tackle movie actor Srabanti Chatterjee of the BJP in Behala West seat to return to the Assembly for the fourth successive time period.
Also within the fray on Saturday is TMC turncoat Rajib Banerjee, a former minister of the Mamata Banerjee cupboard, who will contest from Domjur in Howrah district on a BJP ticket. He together with fellow turncoat Suvendu Adhikari has been the main focus of stinging assaults by the TMC supremo who known as them “gaddars” (traitors) and Mir Jafar and attacked them in nearly each election assembly.
Rajib Banerjee on his half has mentioned on the marketing campaign conferences that it had turn into unimaginable to stay in TMC owing to its “corrupt practices” and vanity and anti-people stance of its leaders. He claimed that has joined BJP to work for the folks of the state.
BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee and Nisith Pramanik are contesting from Chuchura and Dinhata seats in Hoogly and Cooch Behar districts respectively. Their presence within the ballot fray for the state meeting had led the TMC supremo to quip that the saffron get together is fielding its parliamentary members because it doesn’t have appropriate candidates.
The saffron get together replied saying that by nominating its MPs it confirmed the significance it accorded to the meeting elections in West Bengal.
With inputs from PTI