CPI(M)`s Basudeb Acharia, who is eyeing a straight 10th term from this tribal-dominated seat, is possibly facing his toughest fight from yesteryears` actress Moon Moon Sen, class eight pass astrologer Binoy Chowdhury and medico Subhas Kumar Sarkar, among others.
The first phase of the panchayat polls in West Bengal covering three junglemahal districts passed off, by and large, peacefully on Thursday with a voter turnout of 70 per cent amidst tight security and surveillance by helicopters.
An encounter broke out between
Maoists and the joint security forces on Sunday after the ultras
detonated two landmines and tried to prevent the forces from
resetting a camp in Bhalukchera in the district.