The campaigning for the seventh phase of the West Bengal elections has ended. The campaigning for this phase ended 72 hours before the voting. A total of 86,78,221 voters will be able to exercise their franchise in 34 assembly constituencies of Malda (Part I), Kolkata South, Murshidabad (Part One), West Vardhman (Part One) and Dakshin Dinajpur districts.
Kolkata. in country Corona virus Happening among the fastest growing cases of West Bengal Assembly Elections The campaigning for the seventh phase of the elections ended on Friday. Voting for the seventh assembly elections will take place on April 26 for 34 assembly seats. The campaigning for this phase ended 72 hours before the voting. A total of 86,78,221 voters will be able to exercise their franchise in 34 assembly constituencies of Malda (Part One), Kolkata South, Murshidabad (Part One), West Vardhman (Part One) and Dakshin Dinajpur districts. These include 44,44,634 males, 42,33,358 females and 229 third-gender voters. Polling will be held from 7 am to 6:30 pm in 12,068 polling booths in nine assembly constituencies of Murshidabad and West Vardhman districts, six each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda districts and four assembly constituencies in Kolkata South. Polling in both these seats has been postponed following the demise of two candidates in Samseerganj and Jangipur.
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May 16 has been fixed for voting in both these seats. In this phase, the southern part of the city, especially the seats of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s stronghold Bhawanipur, will be mainly concentrated. Banerjee has contested from Nandigram this time, but has chosen Sowanadeb Chattopadhyay as one of the senior most leaders of his party from Bhawanipur. BJP has fielded actor-turned-politician Rudranil Ghosh from this seat. The saffron party pitted Lieutenant General Subrata Saha from Rasbihari against Debashish Kumar of the Trinamool Congress. In Kolkata Port area, the minister of state and the city mayor, Farhad Hakim, will face the challenge of Awadh Kishore Gupta of BJP and Mohammad Mukhtar of Congress.
Apart from these, people will also be focusing on Balurghat, Malda, Chanchal, Harishchandrapur, Lalgola, Murshidabad and Farakka areas. The Election Commission has banned road shows and vehicle rallies in the state with immediate effect amid growing cases of Corona virus infection across the country. The commission has also banned public meetings of more than 500 people. Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee canceled all their rallies and conducted them digitally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a digital rally on 23 April. During this election campaign, BJP and Trinamool targeted each other.
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