West Bengal is all set to vote for the second phase of polls on Sunday where 383 candidates are trying to test their fate in 56 Assembly constituencies. These 56 seats are spread Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum districts.
Police and Election commission have made elaborate security arrangements in Malda where four crude bombs were recovered from a polling booth. The Election Commission also ordered round-the-clock surveillance of TMC leader Anubrata Mandal after he violated model code of conduct on Friday.
Mandal is accused of intimidating political opponents during ongoing West Bengal Assembly Elections. This is first time ever that a person has been brought under surveillance due to election related complaints. A magistrate, videographer and central forces personnel to carry out surveillance
The high voltage campaign concluded on Friday witnessed war of words between PM Narendra Modi, Congress Chief Sonia and Bengal CMer and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee spearheaded her party’s campaign throughout the state.
The second phase campaign saw issues like corruption, Narada sting operation, Saradha chit fund scam came out as principal issues.
The high-profile candidates who will try their luck in this phase include Siliguri mayor and former minister Ashok Bhattacharya,
State ministers Gautam Deb, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra are also in the poll fray in this phase of election. High profile candidates like Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia, Soumitra Ray, singer of popular Bengali band ‘Bhoomi’, actor Locket Chatterjee and Joy Banerjee.
The first phase of Bengal election was held in two phases where it registered more than 80% voter turnout. The six phase West Bengal elections began on April 4 will end on May 5. The results of West Bengal Assembly Elections will be declared on May 19.