Curtains down… Poll campaign ends in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during an election rally in support of party candidates in Coochbehar district of West Bengal. Photo-PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during an election rally in support of party candidates in Coochbehar district of West Bengal.
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Its shutters down for campaigning in the poll bound West Bengal state, Parties were busy in addressing as many as possible on the last day, i.e Tuesday

25 assembly seats including 16 in Purba Medinipur and nine in Coochbehar districts will go to polls for the final phase of election on May 5.

Top leaders of the parties have campaigned in Coochbehar including Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Shahnawaz Hussain and CPI-M MP Mohammad Salim.

People living in 51 enclaves in Coochbehar will vote for the first time in Indian elections, more than 9,000 persons from these enclaves will exercise their franchise for the first time.

Excitement is palpable among the voters, who till recently lived in a virtual no-man’s land ever since India became independent in 1947.

Election commission officials demonstrating the handling of EVM to the enclave dwellers who have got Indian citizenships, in Coochbehar district of West Bengal. Photo-PTI

Election commission officials demonstrating the handling of EVM to the enclave dwellers who have got Indian citizenships, in Coochbehar district of West Bengal.
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Diptiman Sengupta who is the coordinator of Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee said that the Job reservation and quick disposal of land settlement are their issues for the polls.

“There are near about 15,000 people in the enclaves who have got Indian citizenship. Out of them, 9,776 are eligible voters who will vote for the first time,” said Sengupta.

In all, 67 candidates are in the fray for nine seats in Coochbehar, 12 of them independents. In Purba Medinipur, a total of 103 candidates are fighting for 16 assembly seats, with 12 of these as independents.

A total of 78.25 percent turnout recorded in the fifth phase of the elections for 53 seats spread over 24 Parganas Dakshin, Hooghly and Kolkata Dakshin districts on Saturday.

Five rounds of the ongoing elections for the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly have been completed in six polling days. The counting of all the constituencies will be held on May 19.