In West Bengal, 30 seats embrace all constituencies in Purulia and Jhargram and segments of Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur with 191 candidates within the fray.
In Assam, 47 constituencies throughout 12 districts—42 seats from 11 districts of Upper Assam and northern Assam area and 5 seats from central Assam’s Nagaon district —are going to polls with 264 candidates within the fray.
Here are the highlights:
PM Modi urge folks to vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to end up in file numbers and train their proper to vote as polling for the primary part of meeting elections in West Bengal and Assam started on Saturday morning.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1616809053000
The first part of elections start in Assam. Urging these eligible to vote in file numbers. I significantly name u… https://t.co/S2PrUfvuxm
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1616808977000
TMC vs BJP in Bengal
In 2016, the TMC had gained 27 out of 30 seats and the BJP was not a significant participant within the final polls. However, the social gathering has gained in power within the final 5 years and has emerged as the principle challenger to TMC which gained two successive meeting polls.
The BJP gained 18 seats within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections towards 22 gained by the TMC. Congress had gained two seats going to the polls within the first part and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) had gained one seat.
PM Modi and senior BJP leaders together with dwelling minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and social gathering chief JP Nadda campaigned forward of the primary part.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has led the Trinamool marketing campaign. She had earlier this month sustained “severe bone injuries” on her left foot. She was seen at a number of rallies on a wheelchair and a solid on her leg.
Triangular contest in Assam
Most of those 47 seats are witnessing a triangular contest between the ruling BJP-Asom Gana Parishad (AGM) alliance, the Congress-led opposition grand alliance and the newly-formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).
West Bengal: Notable candidates in first part
Some notable names for the primary part of polling embrace Srikanto Mahato, Rajib Lochan Saren, June Malia and Uttam Barik from TMC, and Rabindranath Maity, Chandana Bauri and Rajib Kundu from BJP.
Congress has fielded 5 candidates for the primary part — Nepal Mahato from Baghmundi, Shiu Maiti from Bhagabanpur, Uttam Banerjee from Balarampur, Manas Kumar Karmahapatra from Egra and Partha Pratim Banerjee from Purulia.
Assam: Notable candidates in first part
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is attempting his luck from Majuli (ST), Speaker of the outgoing meeting Hitendranath Goswami is preventing the elections from Jorhat.
Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakha), Jogen Mohan (Mahmora), Terash Gowala (Duliajan) and Sanjoy Kishan (Tinsukia) are all locked in triangular contests with Congress or its alliance companions, and the AJP.
Titabor, one other high-profile seat that was held by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress for 4 successive phrases, is witnessing a direct contest between Bhaskar Jyoti Barua of the Congress and former MLA Hemanta Kalita.
Congress Legislature Party chief Debabrata Saikia and state Congress president Ripun Borah are within the fray from Nazira and Gohpur, respectively.