The last section of the West Bengal Assembly Election will probably be held in 11,860 polling stations unfold over 11 seats every in Murshidabad and Birbhum, six in Malda and 7 in Kolkata North districts amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 instances
Polling for the eighth and last section of the West Bengal Assembly Election will probably be held at present (29 April Thursday) between 7 am to six.30 pm amid strict COVID-19 tips. The election will seal the destiny of 283 candidates who’re within the fray for 35 seats in Malda, Murshidabad, Kolkata North and Birbhum.
Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence within the earlier phases, significantly the demise of 5 folks in Cooch Behar within the fourth spherical of polling on 10 April, an election official informed PTI.
The ballot panel has determined to deploy a minimum of 641 corporations of central forces, together with 224 in Birbhum district, within the eighth section to make sure free and honest voting, he mentioned.
Phase eight not solely witnessed curtailed campaigning attributable to a 72-hour silence interval however roadshows were banned whereas attendance in public conferences was capped at max 500 to forestall the unfold of the virus.
Amidst the restrictions, political events holding digital rallies to woo voters forward of the penultimate section of polling. Campaigning for the eighth and last section of polling for 35 Assembly constituencies in West Bengal ended at 6.30 pm on Monday (26 July).
Voting for the earlier seven phases have been held between 27 March and 26 April. Counting of votes will happen on 2 May.
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 last section of the election.
Of the entire 35 seats, six constituencies are in Malda, 11 in Murshidabad, seven in Kolkata North and 11 in Birbhum districts, Election Commission sources mentioned. Polling will probably be held in 11,860 polling stations within the 35 constituencies. Here is the complete listing of constituencies going to polls tomorrow:
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Key candidates and seats
While 11 candidates every have been fielded by the Trinamool Congress, BSP and BJP, CPM is contesting in 4 seats, Congress in three, AIFB in 2 and RSP (1), the EC sources mentioned.
There are 4 Independent candidates within the fray as effectively. The focus on this 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.
In Shyampukur seat, state minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja is contesting towards BJP’s Sandipan Biswas and AIFB’s Jiban Prakash Saha. 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.
An in depth contest can be anticipated within the Maniktala Assembly seat the place state Consumer Affairs Minister and TMC veteran Sadhan Pandey will battle former India footballer and BJP candidate Kalyan Chaubey and CPM’s Rupa Bagchi.
Political consultants are sensing a tricky battle within the Bolpur Assembly seat of Birbhum the place the BJP has fielded Anirban Ganguly towards state minister Chandranath Sinha. Keen contest can be anticipated in Nanoor, Murari and Labhpur.
They are additionally anticipating the same contest between the ruling TMC and the opposition BJP and Samyukta Morcha (Congress-CPM-ISF alliance) candidates in Malda district and 11 seats in Murshidabad district.
Virtual rallies, curtailed hours mark campaigning in Phase 8
With the EC banning roadshows and car rallies within the state after the current surge in COVID-19 instances throughout the nation in addition to in West Bengal, leaders of political events selected to both marketing campaign just about or maintain small rallies with a most of 500 individuals.
The EC has booked and show-caused a number of candidates for flouting the COVID-19 security norms. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her celebration MP Abhishek Banerjee held digital campaigns as did Prime Minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi.
BJP president JP Nadda, its West Bengal head Dilip Ghosh, Bollywood famous person Mithun Chakraborty and different star campaigners like Smriti Irani held small rallies to marketing campaign for the celebration’s candidates contesting within the eighth section of polling. The BJP leaders attacked Banerjee and her nephew and different celebration leaders alleging that they have been concerned within the Saradha and Narada tapes scams. The saffron celebration additionally claimed that they have been chargeable for siphoning of funds allotted for Amphan cyclone and COVID-19 pandemic aid.
The BJP leaders maintained that corruption and anarchy are prevalent in West Bengal and that the celebration will put an finish to it after coming to energy within the state. The TMC supremo hit out on the BJP for the rising costs of petrol, diesel and LPG and in addition held the BJP chargeable for the second wave of the rise in COVID-19 instances within the nation.
She additionally alleged that the prime minister, with a view to seize West Bengal, had forgotten about your complete nation which is dealing with a disaster due to the COVID-19 second wave.
23% of candidates have prison instances towards them
According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of the 283 candidates contesting within the final section of the West Bengal polls, 23 % have declared prison instances towards themselves.
The West Bengal Election Watch and the ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all of the 283 candidates from 35 constituencies, who’re contesting within the polls to be held on 29 April.
“Out of 283 candidates analysed, 64 (23 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves and 50 (18 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves,” the report mentioned.
Twelve candidates have declared instances associated to crime towards ladies whereas six candidates have declared instances associated to homicide (Indian Penal Code Section-302) towards themselves. The report mentioned that 17 candidates have declared instances associated to try to homicide (IPC Section-307) towards themselves.
The ballot rights physique mentioned 11 (31 per cent) out of 35 constituencies are ‘pink alert’ constituencies. Red alert constituencies are these the place three or extra contesting candidates have declared prison instances towards themselves. The report additional mentioned that out of the 283 candidates, 55 (19 %) are crorepatis.
With inputs from PTI