Voting for 45 assembly seats will be held in West Bengal on Saturday under Phase 5 of the assembly election during which voters will seal fate of 342 candidates.
Phase five of the West Bengal Assembly election 2021 is being held today. Polling in phase 5 of the West Bengal Assembly election 2021 started from 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm.
The polling in phase 5 of West Bengal Assembly election 2021 is being held on 45 seats spread across North 24 Parganas, Purba Bardhaman, Nadia, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Phase five is crucial for the ruling Trinamool Congress as last time, it won 32 of the 45 seats. However, this time, it faces a formidable challenge from the BJP.
Over 1 crore people are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election. Voting will be held at 15,789 polling stations in the 45 constituencies.
Prominent names in the fifth phase of Bengal election include Siliguri Mayor and Left Front leader Ashok Bhattacharya, state ministers Gautam Deb and Bratya Basu and BJP’s Samik Bhattacharya.
The 45 seats where polling will be held on Saturday are: Dhupguri (SC), Maynaguri (SC), Jalpaiguri (SC), Rajganj (SC), Abgram-Fulbari, Mal (ST), Nagrakata (ST), Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Kurseong, Matigara-Naxalbari (SC), Siliguri, Phansidewa (ST), Santipur, Ranaghat Uttar Paschim, Krishnaganj (SC), Ranaghat Uttar Purba (SC), Ranaghat Dakshin (SC), Chakdaha, Kalyani (SC), Haringhata (SC), Panihati, Kamarhati, Baranagar, Dum Dum, Rajarhat New Town, Bidhannagar, Rajarhat Gopalpur, Madhyamgram, Barasat, Deganga, Haroa, Minakhan (SC), Sandeshkhali (ST), Basirhat Dakshin, Basirhat Uttar, Hingalganj (SC), Khandaghosh (SC), Bardhaman Dakshin, Raina (SC), Jamalpur (SC), Monteswar, Kalna (SC), Memari and Bardhaman Uttar (SC).
Campaigning for the fifth phase ended on Wednesday with the EC having increased the ‘silence period’ from 48 to 72 hours in view of the Cooch Behar violence.