Polling underway for second phase of West Bengal elections
Kolkata, Apr 23 (ANI): Polling for the second phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal for 50 constituencies is going on today.
The voting, which started at 7 a.m. will continue till 5 p.m.
Over 93 lakh voters in 11,531 polling stations spread over Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum districts will elect their representatives out of 293 candidates.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded the highest number of candidates, 50, followed by the CPI (M), 31. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded 29 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (27) and the Congress (21).
Prominent candidates, whose fate would be decided in this phase, include Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee from Nalhati, Panchayat, Minister and CPI (M) leader Anisur Rehman, former High Court judge Nure Alam Chowdhury contesting on Trinamool Congress ticket from Murarai and Rukbanur Rehman, brother of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman from the Chapra constituency.
The Left Front has been in power in West Bengal for 34 years.
The state will have elections in six phases. The first phase took place on April 18.
The second phase will take place on April 23, the third phase on April 27, the fourth phase on May 3, the fifth phase on May 7 and the sixth phase on May 10.
The total number of assembly constituencies in West Bengal is 294, of which 68 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 16 for Scheduled Tribes. (ANI)
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