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Voting begins in West Bengal, Assam for the second phase of the elections: main developments | India News


NEW DELHI: Voting began on Thursday for the second phase of the Assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal.
Candidates from 30 constituencies in West Bengal and 39 constituencies in Assam are in the fray for the state assembly elections.
Here are the main points:
Assam has shown a red card to the lies of Congress: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that Assam has given the “red card” to congressional lies.
At a rally in Kakrajhar on Thursday, the prime minister said that the people of the state have shown the congressional-led alliance a ‘red card’, using soccer terminology.
“The people of Assam have blessed the NDA in the first phase of the assembly survey. Peace, progress, protection is our mantra for the Bodoland territorial region,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Mamata will lose, Suvendu affirms after casting vote
Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in Nandigaram, Suvendu Adhikary said he was confident that Mamata Banerjee will lose the polls.
“I have a very old relationship with the people in the area. I have a personal relationship with almost everyone in Nandigram. I am pretty sure that I will win the elections,” Adhikari said.
“Entire villages have come out to vote for the BJP. I will urge people to get out early and cast their vote. There were reports of problems at some booths, but now they have been resolved. The vote is taking place peacefully.” added. he said.
Mamata will stay all day in Nandigram to monitor the situation.
West Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee decided to stay in her war room in the Reyapara area during Thursday’s elections in the Nandigram assembly constituency, where she is engaged in a fierce battle of prestige with confidant-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP.
She is monitoring the situation in the high-profile constituency.
According to TMC sources, Banerjee, who had previously decided to leave the area to campaign in North Bengal after the elections ended at 6:30 pm on Thursday, changed his plans this morning.
The fate of 191 candidates in Bengal, 345 candidates in Assam will be sealed today
The Election Commission has deployed around 651 companies from the central forces, in addition to the state police, to provide security in West Bengal for elections in 30 constituencies.
A total of 210 central armed police companies have been deployed in Paschim Medinipur, 199 in Purba Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura, officials said.
TMC and BJP are contesting all 30 seats, while the CPM is in the fray in 15 constituencies and its alliance partners, Congress and the ISF, are fighting in 13 and two seats, respectively.
In Assam, among those who participated in the elections at this stage are five ministers and the outgoing Vice Speaker of the House. A total of 310 security force companies have been deployed to carry out strict surveillance and prevent any adverse incidents. Some 42,368 electoral staff members have been deployed, of which 1,516 were dispatched two days in advance to remote areas, particularly in Dima Hasao and the eastern and western district of Karbi Anglong.
The ruling BJP is contesting 34 seats, while his allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is fighting in six constituencies and the United People’s Liberal Party (UPPL) in three.
In the ‘Mahajot’ (Great Alliance), the Congress is disputed in 28, the AIUDF in seven and the Front of the Peoples of Bodoland (BPF) in four. The newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) is competing for 19 seats.
There is direct competition between the NDA and the Grand Alliance in 25 seats, while the rest of the districts witness a triangular fight.
The third and final phase of the 40-seat elections will be held on April 6. Votes will be counted on May 2.
(With inputs from agencies)

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