Bengal Set for First Phase Polling, Over 73 Lakh Voters to Decide Fate of Candidates in 30 Seats:
The elections will be held amid tight security with the Election Commission deploying around 684 companies of central forces that would guard 10,288 polling booths housed in 7,061 premises, officials said.
In excess of 73 lakh electors in West Bengal will determine the destiny of 191 applicants across 30 gathering sections, the vast majority of which are in the once-Naxal-influenced Jungle Mahal district, as the state goes to the surveys in the primary stage on Saturday. The decisions will be held in the midst of tight security with the Election Commission sending around 684 organizations of focal powers that would watch 10,288 surveying stalls housed in 7,061 premises, authorities said.
Moreover, the state police will likewise be sent at vital areas, they added. In the primary stage, surveying will happen in the midst of exacting COVID-19 rules altogether nine seats in Purulia, four in Bankura, four in Jhargram and six in Paschim Medinipur, other than the seven seats in high-stakes Purba Medinipur — the home ground of BJP pioneer Suvendu Adhikari.
The TMC and BJP have handled applicants in 29 seats each, while the Left-Congress-ISF collusion has set up-and-comers on the whole 30 seats, even as there are "agreeable battles" in a few. In Jhargram, 11 paramilitary staff will be sent per corner, the most noteworthy for any political race held in the state up until now, authorities said.
"Pronouncing each of the 1,307 corners in 1,010 premises as Left Wing Extremist (LWE) territories in Jhargram, we have chosen to send 127 organizations of the focal powers just for stall the executives," an Election Commission official told PTI. Another 14 organizations of focal powers will be utilized as Quick Response Teams (QRTs), one organization for the support of solid room and another two organizations will be kept saved as locale and sub-divisional striking power, he said.