Bengal set for first phase polling over 73 lakh voters
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KOLKATA: More than 73 lakh voters in West Bengal will resolve the destiny of 191 candidates throughout 30 meeting segments, most of that are within the once-Naxal- affected Jungle Mahal area, because the state goes to the polls within the first section on Saturday.
The elections shall be held amid tight safety with the Election Commission deploying round 684 firms of central forces that may guard 10,288 polling cubicles housed in 7,061 premises, officers mentioned.
Besides, the state police may also be deployed at strategic places, they added.
In the primary section, polling will happen amid strict Covid-19 tips in all 9 seats in Purulia, 4 in Bankura, 4 in Jhargram and 6 in Paschim Medinipur, in addition to the seven seats in high-stakes Purba Medinipur — the house floor of BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari.
The TMC and BJP have fielded candidates in 29 seats every, whereas the Left-Congress-ISF alliance has put up candidates in all 30 seats, at the same time as there are “friendly fights” in some.
In Jhargram, 11 paramilitary personnel shall be deployed per sales space, the best for any election held within the state up to now, officers mentioned.
“Declaring all 1,307 booths in 1,010 premises as Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas in Jhargram, we have decided to deploy 127 companies of the central forces only for booth management,” an Election Commission official informed PTI.
Another 14 firms of central forces shall be used as Quick Response Teams (QRTs), one firm for the upkeep of robust room and one other two firms shall be saved reserved as district and sub-divisional placing drive, he mentioned.
Altogether, 144 firms of central forces shall be deployed in Jhargram for the election, he added.
In the opposite districts, a mean of six paramilitary personnel shall be deployed per sales space, officers mentioned.
Purulia has the best deployment of forces with 185 firms being deputed in three,127 cubicles housed in 2,025 premises, they mentioned.
Total 148 firms shall be deployed at 2,437 cubicles in 1,686 premises in Purba Medinipur, they mentioned.
Besides, 124 firms for two,089 cubicles at 1,363 premises shall be deployed in Paschim Medinipur, officers mentioned.
Bankura, with 1,328 cubicles in 950 premises, has received 83 firms of central forces for the primary section, they mentioned.
Each firm of the central forces consists of 100 personnel.
Total 22,092 state police personnel shall be deployed for the primary section, the EC official mentioned.
Among the state police personnel to be deployed are 173 inspectors, 2,661 sub-inspectors or assistant sub- inspectors, four,012 armed constables, 13,970 unarmed constables and 1,276 girl constables, he mentioned.
“The central forces will be mainly deployed in and around the booths and the state force will be used for the maintenance of law and order. The constables will be used for the queue management,” the official mentioned.
With the primary section, polling shall be over in two districts — Purulia and Jhargram.
The Trinamool Congress is preventing in 29 of the 30 seats, whereas supporting an Independent within the Joypur meeting section in Purulia because the nomination of its official candidate Ujjwal Kumar was rejected by the EC attributable to a discrepancy.
Dibyajyoti Singhdeo, identified to be a disgruntled TMC chief who filed the nomination as an Independent, is now backed by the social gathering and is up in opposition to BJP’s Narahari Mahato, who’s a former Forward Bloc MP.
The Left Front has fielded Dhirendra Nath Mahato of Forward Bloc from the seat, whereas Congress fielded Phanibhushan Kumar as the 2 sides couldn’t attain an settlement over the seat.
The BJP can be contesting the polls in 29 seats, whereas its ally AJSU Party of Jharkhand fielding a candidate in Baghmundi.
Congress heavyweight Nepal Mahato is the alliance candidate from the seat, even because the Forward Bloc fielded Debranjan Mahato. AJSU Party has nominated Ashutosh Mahato, whereas the TMC fielded Sushanta Mahato.
As per the official seat-sharing preparations of the opposition alliance, the Left is preventing in 18 seats, Congress in 10 and ISF two. However, ‘pleasant fights’ between the Left events and Congress are on the anvil in some seats, together with Baghmundi and Joypur, as negotiations couldn’t be concluded.
Among the opposite notable seats going to the polls within the first section is Salboni, the place the CPI(M) has fielded former minister Susanta Ghosh in opposition to BJP’s Rajib Kundu and TMC’s Srikanta Mahata. Ghosh, the MLA of Garbeta from 1987 to 2016, was in jail within the skeleton restoration case and is at current out on bail.
The TMC has fielded actor June Malia, a identified face within the Bengali silver display screen, from the Medinipur seat in opposition to BJP’s Samit Kumar Dash. The Left-led alliance candidate is Tarun Kumar Ghosh of the CPI.
In the Ranibandh seat, former Left minister Debalina Hembram is the CPI(M) candidate, whereas TMC has fielded Jyotsna Mandi and BJP nominated Kshudiram Tudu.
In one other important contest, Santhali actor Birbaha Hansda is preventing on a TMC ticket from Jhargram in opposition to BJP’s Sukhamay Satpathy and CPI(M)’s youth chief Madhuja Sen Roy.
The seven seats in Purba Medinipur — Patashpur, Kanthi Uttar, Bhagabanpur, Khejuri, Kanthi Dakshin, Ramnagar and Egra — may also be intently watched in a status struggle between the influential Adhikari household and the TMC.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee campaigned in a majority of the seats going to the polls within the first section together with her nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee touring the remaining, asserting that they might not let Bengal to be dominated from Delhi or Gujarat, in an obvious reference to the BJP and the prime minister.
The BJP’s cost was led by PM Narendra Modi who took half in a number of rallies over the previous couple of weeks. Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP’s nationwide president JP Nadda additionally canvassed the areas, that are marked by the forests and due to that the area is recognized as Jungle Mahal.
The BJP has promised a “Sonar Bangla” if it kinds authorities within the state, whereas the TMC has been campaigning on the works performed by the Mamata Banerjee authorities within the final ten years.
The Left-Congress-ISF alliance candidates focussed extra on door-to-door visits and small conferences on street- corners and village-level gatherings slightly than mega rallies within the absence of a formidable face to tackle the chief minister and the prime minister.
Total 73,80,942 voters shall be exercising their franchise within the first section.
Jungle Mahal is tribal-dominated and the BJP made huge inroads within the area with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, profitable all 5 constituencies — Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Medinipur and Bishnupur.
West Bengal shall be voting in eight phases for 294 seats, beginning on Friday. The votes shall be counted on May 2.

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