Elections in Bengal are held in eight phases. Yesterday, West Bengal recorded 53.89 per cent voter turnout till 1 pm. Polling for the third phase of assembly election to 31 seats is underway in the state. The 31 seats that are voting in Bengal today include some of the key TMC bastions such as Diamond Harbour and South 24 Parganas that will decide the fate of the Mamata Banerjee government.
Voting took place in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Polling will happen in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. It is Assam’s third and final, while West Bengal has five more.
Voting for all constituencies began at 7 am and concluded at 6 pm. The results of all five elections will be declared on May 2. Over 20 crore people from Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will vote in a mammoth electoral exercise today.
Tamil Nadu’s 234 seats went for vote in a single phase voting. In Assam, the final phase will see 40 seats in play, with the ruling BJP aiming for a second term. The 140 seats of Kerala also vote in a single phase today, with the LDF government led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan looking to retain power. Puducherry is currently under President’s Rule. The Congress party will contest 14 of the 30 Assembly seats, with the DMK getting 13.