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First phase of voting begins in Assam, West Bengal assembly elections: main developments | India News


NEW DELHI: Voting in the first phase of the assembly elections began on Saturday with 30 seats destined for the polls in West Bengal, where the elections will be held in eight phases and 47 seats at the polls in Assam, where the voting will take place in three phases.
In West Bengal, 30 seats include all constituencies in Purulia and Jhargram and segments of Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur with 191 candidates in the fray.
In Assam, 47 electoral districts in 12 districts – 42 seats from 11 districts of Upper Assam and the northern region of Assam and five seats from the central district of Nagaon in Assam – will go to the polls with 264 candidates in the fray.

These are the highlights:
Update from 9 a.m. M.
As of 9 a.m., 8.84 percent and 7.72 percent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of voting in the Assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal, respectively, the Electoral Commission said. from India.
PM Modi urges people to vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to come forward in record numbers and exercise their right to vote, as elections for the first phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam began on Saturday morning.

TMC vs BJP in Bengal
In 2016, the TMC had won 27 of the 30 seats and the BJP was not a major player in the latest polls. However, the party has gained traction in the last five years and has become the main rival of TMC, which won two successive assembly elections.
The BJP won 18 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections against 22 won by the TMC. Congress had won two seats by going to the polls in the first phase and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) had won one seat.

Prime Minister Modi and top BJP leaders, including Interior Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and party chief JP Nadda, campaigned ahead of the first phase.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has led the Trinamool campaign. Earlier this month he had suffered “severe bone injuries” to his left foot. She was seen in several demonstrations in a wheelchair and with a cast on her leg.
Triangular contest in Assam
Most of these 47 seats witness a triangular contest between the ruling alliance BJP-Asom Gana Parishad (AGM), the large opposition alliance led by Congress and the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

The ruling BJP is contesting 39 seats and its partner AGP 10. The two allies are involved in “friendly contests” in the electoral districts of Lakhimpur and Naharkatiya.
The great opposition alliance is contesting all seats, with Congress presenting candidates in 43, and AIUDF, CPI (ML-L), RJD and Anchalik Gana Morcha (competing as Independent) in one each.
The newly formed AJP is in the fray in 41 seats, while there are 78 independents, including 19 candidates from the newly formed Raijor Dal.
West Bengal: notable candidates in the first phase
Some notable names for the first phase of the survey include Srikanto Mahato, Rajib Lochan Saren, June Malia, and Uttam Barik from TMC, and Rabindranath Maity, Chandana Bauri, and Rajib Kundu from BJP.
The Congress has presented five candidates for the first phase: Nepal Mahato from Baghmundi, Shiu Maiti from Bhagabanpur, Uttam Banerjee from Balarampur, Manas Kumar Karmahapatra from Egra and Partha Pratim Banerjee from Purulia.
Assam: notable candidates in the first phase
Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is trying his luck since Majuli (ST), the outgoing assembly president, Hitendranath Goswami, is fighting the Jorhat elections.

Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakha), Jogen Mohan (Mahmora), Terash Gowala (Duliajan) and Sanjoy Kishan (Tinsukia) are all locked in triangular contests with Congress or its alliance partners, and the AJP .
Titabor, another high-profile seat that former Congressional Prime Minister Tarun Gogoi held for four successive terms, is witnessing a direct contest between Congressional Bhaskar Jyoti Barua and former MLA Hemanta Kalita.
The leader of the Congress Legislative Party, Debabrata Saikia, and the president of the state Congress, Ripun Borah, are in the fray of Nazira and Gohpur, respectively.

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