All eyes might be on the Bhabanipur constituency, of which TMC supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is the sitting MLA and a resident
West Bengal has entered its final leg of the election, with polling over for 222 seats in six phases performed. Over 86 lakh voters will resolve the political destiny of 284 candidates right this moment (Monday, 26 April).
The seventh and second-last section of the election will see 34 Assembly constituencies together with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence turf Bhabanipur, go to polls amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 .
Voting might be held between 7 am and 6 pm on Monday.
Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence within the earlier phases, notably the demise of 5 folks in Cooch Behar within the fourth spherical of polling on 10 April, an Election Commission official mentioned.
The ballot panel has determined to deploy a minimum of 796 firms of central forces within the seventh section to make sure free and honest voting, he mentioned.
It will even put in place measures to make sure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols throughout the voting course of, the official mentioned.
West Bengal registered its highest-single- day spike of 14,281 coronavirus instances on Saturday, which took the tally to 7,28,061, and a minimum of 59 extra folks succumbed to the an infection, pushing the toll to 10,884.
Key seats and candidates
Voting might be held at 12,068 polling stations unfold over 9 Assembly constituencies every in Murshidabad and Paschim Bardhaman districts, six every in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda, and 4 in Kolkata, the official mentioned.
All eyes might be on the Bhabanipur constituency, of which the TMC supremo is the sitting MLA and a resident.
Banerjee, nevertheless, has opted for Nandigram to contest the elections this time and reposed religion within the veteran politician and state energy minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay to make a hat-trick of wins for the social gathering from Bhabanipur.
Chattopadhyay is pitted in opposition to a seasoned actor however a greenhorn in electoral politics, Rudranil Ghosh, who left the ruling social gathering a number of months in the past to hitch the BJP.
State minister Firhad Hakim can be looking for re-election for a 3rd consecutive time period from the Kolkata Port constituency, whereas the BJP fielded Lt General (Retired) Subrata Saha from the Rashbehari seat within the metropolis.
Campaigning for the seventh 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.
Following the surge in coronavirus instances throughout the nation, the EC has banned roadshows and automobile rallies within the state and famous that the COVID security norms had been being flouted in West Bengal throughout campaigning.
It additionally disallowed any public assembly with more than 500 people.
The Election Commission has curtailed every day marketing campaign hours and prolonged the “silence period” from 48 hours to 72 in every of the remaining three phases of the Assembly polls in view of the Cooch Behar violence and the rising COVID-19 instances.
The TMC chief and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who’s the social gathering MP, cancelled all their scheduled rallies and held them on the digital platform as did Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 April.
Polling for 2 Assembly seats in Samserganj and Jangipur in Murshidabad district has been declared void following the deaths of two candidates there.
The Election Commission has fastened 16 May for the polling in these two seats.
With inputs from PTI