Voting began in poll-bound West Bengal on Monday, a very important step which is an indicator about the true state of the politics in the state of West Bengal. And the best news coming out of West Bengal is that more than 45 percent voters have exercised their vote power.
The strength of the West Bengal Assembly elections is 294. There are 18 constituencies in West Bengal going for polls, which also include three Maoist infested districts, known as Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore.
Of the 18 constituencies, 13 have been identified very sensitive in nature by the ECI, Election Commission of India. In the first phase, there are 133 candidates who are running the race this time. They are from the Left Wing Extremism areas of the Maoist infested areas of West Bengal. And, that is the reason the polls will end earlier today in the region by 4 pm. This will happen due to security reasons. In the remaining 5 constituencies; Purulia, Manbazar, Kashipur, Para and Raghunathpur, the voting will go till the usual time of 6 pm.
The first phase elections are scheduled for two days, first part of the polling starts on Monday and the second part on April 11. The elections in West Bengal will be spread in six phases to be held on seven dates with the first phase witnessing two polling days. The first phase of Assam Elections also began with West Bengal.
The ruling Trinamool Congress has been laying a lot of emphasis on how they have brought back peace in the Maoist infected areas. In the last 2011 assembly elections, it ended the 34 year long rule of the Left, and had kept Trinamool and the Congress on the same side. Later on, Congress broke its alliance and has formed an alliance with the Left. And, since then, they have been mocked a lot by the BJP and the Trinamool. A lot of names have been given to them, like Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has celled their alliance as ‘unholy’.