All arrangements have been put in place for assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry and third phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal. While single-phase polling will be held in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry tomorrow, Assam is witnessing three-phase voting, and that of West Bengal eight phases.
The third phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal will be held tomorrow. Bypolls to Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Parliamentary constituency in Kerala will also be conducted simultaneously.
In West Bengal, campaigning for the later phases is gaining momentum particularly in the constituencies to be going for polls in the fourth phase. AIR correspondent reports that ruling Trinamool Congress is trying to utilize the stardom of renowned actress, MP Jaya Bachchan along with party Supremo Mamata Banerjee as they are projecting the leading ladies as Bengal’s daughters while campaigning for the fourth phase.
Ms Banerjee is holding four rallies, three in Hooghly and the other one in South 24 parganas while Jaya Bachchan, the MP of Samajwadi Party will do a road show in support of TMC candidate, sitting Minister Arup Biswas in Tollygunge seat this afternoon.
BJP is also taking up the challenge as the party president Jagat Prakash Nadda is doing a road show in the same constituency, in favour of party candidate, union minister and singer Babul Supriyo, who is contesting from Tollygunge seat. Sanjukta Morcha leaders are also campaigning in favour of their candidate actor Debdoot Ghosh in the constituency.
Senior CPIM leaders like Manik Sarkar, Biman Basu and Suryakanta Mishra are campaigning in Alipurduar, Coochbehar and Darjeeling today. The constituencies of the districts are going to polls in the fourth and Fifth phases.
Polling will be held tomorrow in 31 assembly constituencies in the third phase of state elections. Sixteen assembly constituencies of South 24 Paragana districts, 08 of Hooghly and 07 assembly segments of Howrah will go to polls in this phase.
Elaborate arrangements are in place for conduction of free, fair and peaceful polling. Besides state police personnel over 600 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) have been deployed spread over 10,871 polling stations.
High-security arrangements have been made in all assembly segments. Security personnel conducted flag march in areas where sensitive booths are located to instil the confidence of voters of weaker sections.
To keep tabs on the whole polling process live webcasting will be done from polling stations. Vigil will be kept through drones in sensitive areas.
Electoral fortunes of three state ministers and two cine stars will be sealed in EVMs on Tuesday. Giyasuddin Mollah, Dr Nirmal Manjhi and Asima Patra are three ministers of Mamata Banerjee government who are in the fray in this phase.
Besides this film star, BJP candidate Tanushree Chakroborty is challenging four times MLA senior TMC leader Kalipada Mondol from Shyampur assembly seat. Another cine star of Tollywood Papia Dey Adhikari is trying her luck on BJP ticket from Uluberia Dakshin seat.
Former Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta is a BJP candidate from the assembly segment of temple town Tarakeswar.TMC candidate and speaker of West Bengal assembly Biman Banerjee is contesting from Baruipur assembly seat of South 24 Pargana district.
Voting for 40 assembly seats in Assam will be held in this phase. Tomorrow, single-phase polling is taking place for 234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 constituencies in Kerala and 30 Assembly seats in Puducherry.
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