For the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, voting will be held on 44 seats today i.e. on Saturday. There are 373 candidates in the fray in this phase. In this phase, Mamta Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee took command of the campaign on behalf of TMC, while on behalf of BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Amit Shah, JP Nedda and Yogi Adityanath took the front. In the last 2016 assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress won 39 of the 44 seats in this phase.
In this phase, polling will be held in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts in North Bengal and 44 assembly seats in South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly. The Election Commission has deployed at least 789 contingents of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in 15,940 polling stations set up in 44 constituencies. The maximum number of CAPFs will be deployed is 187 in Cooch Behar where sporadic incidents of violence were witnessed during the election campaign. In one such incident, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was attacked by alleged supporters of Trinamool Congress.
The fourth phase is the litmus test of Mamta Banerjee’s TMC as well as the Left-Congress alliance, so the BJP is hoping to repeat the Lok Sabha elections in this area. As the elections in West Bengal are increasing step by step, as the political temperature rises, the war of words between the leaders of the political parties on Hindu-Muslim votes was seen. The Election Commission issued a notice on Mamta’s appeal for the unification of Muslim votes. When PM Modi made many allegations on Mamta, Amit Shah gave a political message by eating food at the house of a rickshaw driver during the election campaign. At the same time, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was busy giving the agenda of Hindutva.
Elections on how many seats in which district
Voting will be held on 9 seats in Howrah district, 11 seats in South 24 Parganas district, 10 seats in Hooghly district, 5 seats in Alipurduar and all 9 seats in Cooch Behar.
Tollygunge: Babul Supriyo faces TMC sitting MLA Arup Biswas from BJP
Behala West seat: TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee faces BJP candidate and film actress Shrabanti Chatterjee
Domjur: Former minister Rajiv Banerjee in Mamta Banerjee’s cabinet is contesting from Domjur on a BJP ticket.
Chuchuda: BJP MP Lockett Chatterjee is contesting against TMC MLA Asit Majumdar.
The role of women is crucial in the fourth phase
Women voters will play an important role in the elections to the 44 seats of the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections. In this phase, voting is to be held in 11 seats in South 24 Parganas district and the number of female voters in this district is more than male voters.
The votes of tea garden workers are also important
A section of politically important voters will cast votes in the fourth and fifth phases of West Bengal assembly elections, which include about 4.5 lakh tea plantation laborers. These workers are hoping for better minimum daily wages and rights to their land. Elections will be held in 12 assembly constituencies of Duars and Terai regions of North Bengal on Saturday and April 17, respectively. The trade unions here have repeatedly appealed for the welfare of the workers.