Campaign for fifth phase Lok Sabha poll ends in Bengal
The campaign for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal ended on Saturday with 17 constituencies going to the poll on May 12.
Kolkata: The campaign for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal ended on Saturday with 17 constituencies going to the poll on May 12.
The last of the five-phase election is crucial as the ruling Trinamool Congress will try to retain the 14 seats it had won in 2009 and the Left Front will try to wrest at least some.
An electorate of 2,55,75,744 are eligible to vote to decide the fate of 188 candidates comprising 1,33,27,722 male and 1,22,47,765 female voters and 257 from the other gender.
The 17 Lok Sabha constituencies are: Beharampore, Krishnagar, Ranaghat, Bongaon, Barrackpore, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata (South), Kolkata (North), Tamluk, Contai and Ghatal.
Kolkata (North) constituency will witness a fight among 18 candidates, the maximum, with the Diamond Harbour coming next with 16 candidates.
The lowest seven candidates will try their luck in Contai constituency.
Prominent TMC candidates in fray are Sudip Bandyopadhyay in Kolkata North, Dinesh Trivedi in Barrackpore and Sougata Roy in Dum Dum, besides celebrities like actors Dipak Adhikari (Dev) in Ghatal and Tapas Paul in Krishnagar.
Trinamool Yuva President Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Mamata Banerjee, is also a candidate to watch out.
On the other hand, CPI-M`s Subhasini Ali is fighting from Barrackpore seat.
BJP candidate magician PC Sorcar (Junior) in Barasat, and WBPCC President Adhir Chowdhury in Beharampore, besides former West Bengal finance minister Asim Dasgupta of the CPI-M and former Union minister Tapan Sikdar of the BJP, pitted against each other in Dum Dum, are the key contestants in this phase.