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West Bengal Assembly polls | All eyes on Nandigram in second phase

Campaigning has wound down for 30 seats unfold throughout 4 districts of West Bengal which go to polls on April 1. However, all eyes will likely be on one seat — Nandigram — the place Trinamool Chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting towards former social gathering colleague-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the BJP simply forward of the polls.

Of the 30 seats 9 every are in Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur, eight in Bankura and 4 in South 24 Parganas. 171 candidates are in the fray, together with 30 from the All India Trinamool Congress, 30 from the BJP, 15 from Communist Party of India (Marxist), two every from Communist Party of India and All India Forward Bloc and 9 from the Congress. Eight seats together with three in Paschim Medinipur and Bankura and one every in South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur are reserved as Scheduled Caste ( SC) candidates.

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75,94,549 voters will train their franchise throughout 10,620 polling cubicles, Election Commission sources stated.

For the previous three months since January 7, when the Chief Minister introduced that she would possibly contest from Nandigram, the constituency has been the centre of excessive voltage politics with the BJP fielding former TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari, who had represented the constituency for the previous 5 years.

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The seat is being considered as a ‘prestige fight’ among the many two main political events and has seen a few of most frenetic campaigning that the State has witnessed. The drama was heightened after Ms Banerjee suffered a leg harm on March 10 throughout campaigning, which she has attributed to an ‘attack’ from ther rivals. She has continued to marketing campaign in a wheelchair and has held virtually a dozen public conferences and highway exhibits in Nandigram, having stayed in the city over the previous week.

On the opposite hand, seat has seen the presence of excessive profile campaigners from the BJP together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held a rally at Kanthi in the Purba Medinipur and spoke about Nandigram, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah who participated in a highway present on Tuesday as campiagning closed. The BJP has additionally roped star campaigners like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and actor Mithun Chakraborty.

The different attention-grabbing constituencies up for grabs on April 1 are Kharagpur Sadar, Debra in Paschim Medinipur district, Bankura in Bankura district and Sagar in South 24 Parganas.

The Kharagpur Sadar seat, which BJP State president Dilip Ghosh received in 2016, was wrested by the Trinamool in a by-election in 2019, in spite of the BJP having a lead of over 45,000 votes in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has this time fielded actor Hiranmay Chattopadhyay, a former Trinamool youth chief.

The contest for the Debra seat has out turned out to be attention-grabbing with two former officers of the Indian Police Service — Humayun Kabir of Trinamool Congress and Bharati Ghosh of the BJP — competing towards one another. The TMC had received this seat in 2016. Ms Ghosh who joined the BJP in 2019, contested the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat however misplaced to the TMC’s Deepak Adhikari. While Mr Kabir was senior to Ms. Ghosh in the police service, she is senior to him in politics. With acknowledged property of ₹19 crore, the previous police chief of Paschim Medinipore is among the many wealthiest candidates in the fray.

Another seat to look out for is Bankura the place the TMC has fielded actor Sayantika Banerjee the place BJP had a lead in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. She is up towards Niladri Sekhar Dana of the BJP. In Sagar on the southernmost tip of West Bengal, three-time TMC MLA Bamkim Chandra Hazra is dealing with BJP new comer Bikash Chandra Kamila.

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