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Assembly Elections: Prime Minister Modi urges Bengal and Assamians to vote in “record numbers” | India News


NEW DELHI: With polls kicking off for the second phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters in both states to exercise their right to vote in numbers. record.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Modi said: “The second phase of the Assam polls takes place today. Calling on all eligible voters in this phase to strengthen the festival of democracy by exercising their right to vote.”
“Urging the people of West Bengal in whose seats elections are taking place today to vote in record numbers,” he said in another tweet.
Voters were seen in large numbers, lining up at different polling stations in both states.
In West Bengal, a total of 30 constituencies from the districts of South 24 Parganas, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur are heading to vote. Of the 171 candidates in the fray, 152 are men and the rest are women.
Among these candidates, two are arguably the most prominent figures, namely Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year. Nandigram is ready to witness the highest profile contest with Mamata and Adhikari facing off against each other.
In Assam, the fate of 345 candidates in 39 constituencies in 13 constituencies will be decided at this stage. The election in the second phase includes 15 seats in the assembly in the Barak Valley.
The campaign for the second phase saw the debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act. While BJP leaders said they will implement the CAA, Congress has vowed to “override” it.
Voting in Assam will take place until 6 pm, while in West Bengal, voting will take place until 6:30 pm.

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