West Bengal Assembly Elections | Campaign ends for fourth phase
Campaign bells fell silent on Thursday night for the fourth phase of election in West Bengal. Forty-four Assembly segments throughout 5 districts — two in north Bengal and three in south Bengal — will go to the polls on April 10. Eleven seats in South 24 Parganas, 10 in Hooghly and 9 in Howrah will go to the polls in south Bengal, whereas voters throughout 9 Assembly seats in Cooch Behar and 5 in Alipurduar district may also train their franchise. About 373 candidates are within the fray. About 1.15 crore voters are eligible to train their franchise throughout 15,940 polling stations on Saturday.
Among these contesting within the fourth phase are senior Trinamool Congress chief and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee from Behala Purba and Public Works Department and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas from Tollygunj in South 24 Parganas. Minister for North Bengal Development Rabindranath Ghosh is within the fray from Natabari in Cooch Behar and Minister for Agriculture Marketing Arup Roy is contesting from Howrah Madhya.
Three BJP MPs are contesting the Assembly polls on this phase. Babul Supriyo, MP from Asansol, is locked in a bitter contest in Tollygunj in opposition to Mr. Biswas, whereas Locket Chatterjee, MP from Hooghly, is contesting from Chinsurah in Hooghly district. Cooch Behar MP Nisith Pramanik is contesting from Dinhata. Another key BJP candidate is a former Minister within the Trinamool authorities, Rajib Banerjee, who’s contesting from Domjur in Howrah.
The different Trinamool MLAs who’re within the fray as BJP candidates embrace Prabir Ghosal from Uttarpara in Hooghly, Baishali Dalmiya in Bally, and Mihir Goswami from Natabari in Cooch Behar. In the Singur Assembly seat in Hooghly, which has witnessed a variety of political exercise prior to now 20 years on the problems of land acquisition, return of land and the promise of trade, former Trinamool MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya is contesting on BJP ticket.
For Samyukt Morcha, the important thing candidates embrace Leader of the Opposition within the Assembly Abdul Mannan, contesting from Champdani in Hooghly district; chief of the Left Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty, who’s within the fray from Jadavpur; and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Mohammed Salim, contesting from Chanditala in Hooghly. Naushad Siddique, the brother of Indian Secular Front founder and Furfura peer Abbas Siddique, is contesting from Bhangar in South 24 Parganas.
The BJP has a bonus within the 14 seats going to the polls in north Bengal’s Alipurduar and Cooch Behar because the celebration gained each the Lok Sabha seats in these districts in 2019. In the 11 seats going to the polls in South 24 Parganas, each within the rural areas and the city areas adjoining town, the Trinamoolhas a bonus, going by the outcomes of previous elections. In Hooghly and Howrah, defections have given new dimension to the political contests.
The seats going to the polls have witnessed hectic campaigning with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP president J.P. Nadda campaigning until the final hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath additionally campaigned for the BJP in areas the place the 44 seats are situated. The Trinamoolalso had star campaigners like celebration chief Abhishek Banerjee and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan.