Voters show democracy thrives in West Bengal

West Bengal

Kolkata: In the third phase of Lok Sabha elections, there was heavy voting in four Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal on Tuesday. Till 5 pm, 73.93 percent voting took place here. The final figures may be revealed by Wednesday afternoon. The highest turnout was in Murshidabad at 76.49 percent. After this, 72.13 percent voting took place in Jangipur, 73.68 percent in Malda-South and 73.30 percent in Malda-North.

Similarly, in the by-election held for Bhagwangola assembly constituency, 73.68 percent voting took place till 5 pm. With this voting, the fate of 57 candidates has been sealed in EVMs. Veteran CPI (M) leader Mohammad Salim is also included in these candidates.

334 companies of central forces had taken charge

A total of 73 lakh 37 thousand 651 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in West Bengal, which includes 36 lakh 12 thousand 395 women and 154 voters of the third gender. Voting began at seven in the morning and continued till six in the evening. To ensure free and fair polling, the Election Commission deployed 334 companies of central forces along with 13,600 state police personnel.

Who is the candidate from where?

Incumbent MP Khagen Murmu is the BJP candidate from Malda North. Prasun Banerjee from Trinamool is fighting against him. Congress candidate is Mustaq Alam. In 2019, Congress had won the Malda South seat. This time Congress has made Isha Khan Chaudhary its candidate here. Shahnawaz Ali Rehan and Srirupa Mitra Choudhary are the candidates of Trinamool and BJP respectively.

In Jangipur, outgoing MP Khalilur Rahman is the Trinamool candidate. BJP has made Dhananjay Ghosh its candidate from that seat. Congress has made Mohammad Murtaza Hussain its candidate. In Murshidabad, CPI(M)’s Mohammad Selim will face Trinamool candidate Abu Taher Khan. Here BJP’s Gauri Shankar Ghosh is in the fray.


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