Poll process kicks off in Bengal, Assam

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/3/2021 10:37:38 AM

NEW DELHI, Mar 02: The poll process for the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam kicked off on Tuesday with notifications issued inviting nominations for 30 seats in the first phase in West Bengal and 47 seats in Assam. West Bengal is having eight phases of polls and Assam three, while their results with the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be out on May 2.
The last date for nominations in both is March 9, with the scrutiny the next day and withdrawals allowed up to March 12 for the polling on March 27. In West Bengal, its additional CEO Sanjay Basu said the time of voting has been extended till 6.30 PM. Nominations begin in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry that go to polls on April 6, on March 12, the day withdrawals close in West Bengal and Assam.
Twelve districts of Assam are to go for the polls in this phase, mostly in Upper Assam. Though no major party has announced the candidate lists, hectic discussions are on for the seat sharing. The same is the status in West Bengal, where the ruling Trinamul Congress intends to introduce some new faces to counter the BJP grabbing its many popular faces.
The new alliance of the Left parties, Congress and newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF) is yet to finalise the seat sharing. According to West Bengal's chief election officer Ariz Aftab, 170 companies of the central forces are expected to arrive in the state by March 8, while 118 companies have already reached and started the route marches and area domination to instill confidence among the voters. The Election Commission called for the central forces in view of its perception of violence accentuating in West Bengal during the month-long elections.

 

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