WB polls: Countdown begins for Friday`s assembly results

Countdown has begun for the crucial West Bengal assembly election results with hardly two days to go for counting of votes and exit poll projections of a change in governance grabbing all attention.

Last Updated: May 11, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

Kolkata: Countdown has begun for the
crucial West Bengal assembly election results with hardly two
days to go for counting of votes and exit poll projections of
a change in governance grabbing all attention.

Once the EVMs are opened at 8 am on Friday at
different counting centres and counting gets underway the
debate over likelihood of `Parivartan`(change) by Trinamool
Congress-Congress combine or `Pratyavartan`(return) of the
Left Front to rule the state for record-breaking eighth
consecutive term will be resolved.
While Left Front chairman Biman Bose has asserted the
Front would return to power, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee has refused to comment on the exit poll projection.

Banerjee, who has already called for `Badla noi, Badal
chai` (we want change and not revenge) in the event of her
party wresting power, has said there would be no victory
procession as it might create tension.

All results are expected by 2 pm, the state election
commission department sources said adding security measures
have been tightened in all vulnerable areas of the city and
districts to avert any post-poll disturbance.

For the first time the state witnessed a peaceful
election with no major untoward incident reported during the
six-phase polling which ended yesterday after stretching over
three weeks.

"This was possible due to the deft handling of the
entire poll process and arrangements by the Election
Commission," almost all contesting parties said.
Unlike previous elections, repoll were held only in a
few booths and complaints as such were a very few, EC sources
said.

The Election Commission has thanked all contesting
parties for extending cooperation to ensure free, fair and
peaceful elections in the state.

Meanwhile, Writers` Buildings (the state secretariat)
is being spruced up with the rooms of ministers being given
a new look and the VIP lifts checked.

PTI