Campaigning for the high-decibel fourth section of polling, for 44 meeting seats scheduled in 5 districts of West Bengal on April 10, ended at 5pm on Thursday.
A complete 1,15,81,022 voters together with 58,82,514 males, 56,98,218 ladies and 290 members of the third gender, will determine the destiny of 373 candidates in Saturday’s polling in constituencies unfold over Howrah (Half II), South 24 Parganas (Half III), Hooghly (Half II) in south Bengal and in north Bengal’s Alipurduar and Coochbehar.
The polling for the fourth section can be held between 7 am and 6:30 pm on Saturday in 15,940 polling stations. At stake are 9 meeting constituencies in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, 5 in Alipurduar, 9 in Coochbehar and ten in Hooghly.
Amongst these whose destiny can be determined on the hustings are former Bengal Ranji captain Manoj Tiwary, TMC’s candidate from Shibpur, state schooling minister and sitting MLA from Behala Paschim Partha Chatterjee and central minister Babul Supriyo of the BJP who has locked horns with state sports activities minister Arup Biswas for the Tollygunge seat.
Ratna Chatterjee, spouse of former metropolis mayor and hearth minister Sovan Chatterjee, who left Mamata Banerjee’s TMC to affix the BJP for a brief interval, is going through BJP’s actress- turned politician Payel Sarkar in Behala Purbo seat.
Former state forest minister, Rajib Banerjee, who moved to the BJP lately is contesting from Domjur whereas BJP MP and actress Locket Chatterjee is contesting the polls from Chinsurah in Hooghly district.
The Sanyukta Morcha comprising Left entrance, Congress and ISF has fielded largely younger faces for the fourth section of polling. CPI(M) chief Sujan Chakraborty is without doubt one of the few seniors fielded by the Left for this section of the elections.
BJP’s begin campaigners included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Amit Shah, social gathering president JP Nadda, Smriti Irani, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath moreover, Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty who criss-crossed the state making an attempt to construct up assist for the saffron social gathering.
The BJP management focused the TMC authorities, its supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee accusing them of corruption and “appeasement politics” and claimed that their “khela shesh hobe” (recreation can be over).
PM Modi and Amit Shah promised voters early implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi in addition to implementation of the seventh pay fee scales for state authorities staff if voted to energy in West Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee, her nephew and social gathering MP Abhishek Banerjee had been amongst star campaigners for the TMC who stepped up their assault on the BJP-led central authorities over current hike in costs of fuel, petrol, diesel, moreover plans to disinvest in a lot of central authorities run PSUs.
Mamata Banerjee additionally accused central police forces of harassing and intimidating voters in Bengal and urged voters to “gherao” them in case securitymen prevented them from voting.
The fiery TMC chief throughout a public rally at Tarakeswar in Hooghly district on April 3 additionally appealed to the minority group to not divide their votes. This led to the Election Fee of India issuing a showcause discover to Mamata Banerjee for demanding votes on communal floor.
Paying attention to the “delicate” state of affairs within the 44 meeting constituencies in Bengal, the EC has determined to deploy not less than 789 corporations of the CAPF. Cooch Behar may have the best deployment with 187 corporations being deployed.
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