In West Bengal second phase will decide the fate of 171 candidates for 30 constituencies, while in Assam the elections will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 39 seats
CAMPAIGNING for the second phase of West Bengal and Assam Assembly polls spearheaded by an array of national and State leaders, came to an end on Tuesday evening setting the stage for the voting on April 1. In West Bengal the fate of 171 candidates will be decided in the second phase by 75,94,549 voters who will exercise their franchise in 10,620 polling booths spread across the 30 constituencies, the Election Commission sources said. In Assam the elections will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 39 seats.
A total electorate of 73,44,631 are eligible to exercise their franchise in 10,592 polling stations in the second phase. All the booths in West Bengal where polling will be held in the second phase have been declared as “sensitive” by the EC, sources in it said.It will deploy total 651 companies of Central Armed Police for this phase of election which will be held in Bankura (Part II), Purba Medinipur (Part II), Paschim Medinipur (Part II) and South 24 Parganas (Part I), they said. A total 199 companies of CAPF will be deployed in Purba Medinipur, 210 companies in Paschim Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura. The final day of the campaigning saw hectic canvassing for the Nandigram seat in Purba Medinipur district where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is facing BJP leader and her former follower Suvednu Adhikari.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held roadshows with Bengal’s megastar Mithun Chakraborty in support of Adhikari in Nandigram during the day, while Banerjee, who is confined to a wheel chair following her injury which she had sustained while campaigning in the constituency, criss-crossed it addressing rallies at several venues. In Assam the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) issue was at the forefront of the campaign, with the BJP, which had maintained a studied silence on it in the run up to the first phase of voting, raising it in the Barak Valley this time as a carrot to the predominantly Hindu Bengali population, some of whom have their roots in Bangladesh.