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Fate of 63 WB constituencies to be decided Tuesday

Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 13:34

Kolkata: A total of 63 constituencies,
including Singur and Nandigram, will go to the polls tomorrow
in the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal
amidst tight security.

The significant phase will not only decide which party
will form the government, but will also determine if the
CPI(M)-led Left retains its strongholds or the TC-Congress
alliance makes gains.

Polling will be held in 63 Assembly constituencies spread
over four districts -- Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapore and
parts of Burdwan.

Trinamool Congress had made major gains in the 2009 Lok
Sabha elections in the four districts capturing six of the
eight seats.

The seats include Singur in Hooghly and Nandigram in
East Midnapore which have changed the political scene in the
state after the anti-land acquisition movement by the Mamata
Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress.

Over 1.26 crore voters will decide the fate of 366
candidates including Industry minister Nirupam Sen and Higher
Education minister Sudarshan Roy Chowdhury and five other
cabinet members.

Altogether 20,000 EVMs will be used in 15,711 polling
stations, state chief electoral officer Sunil Kumar Gupta

Tight security arrangements have been made with the
deployment of a huge contingent of security forces including
Central forces in the districts going to the polls tomorrow,
he said.

Other ministers in the fray include Food Processing
minister Mohanta Chatterjee, Minister of State for Information
and Culture Soumendranath Bera, Technical Education minister
Chakradhar Maikap, Agriculture minister Naren Dey and Fire
Services minister Pratim Chatterjee.

Three former IPS officers Rachpal Singh, Haider Aziz
Sawfi and Sultan Singh have been fielded by the Trinamool
Congress candidates in this phase.

Of the six phases of the elections, three were held on
April 18, 23 and 27.

The fifth phase will take place on May 7 and the sixth
and last on May 10.


First Published: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 13:34
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