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Voting begins in Bengal phase seven polls

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Voting began at 7 a.m. in nine parliamentary constituencies of in the seventh and final phase of elections on Sunday.

An electorate of around 1,49,10,643 is authorised to decide the fate of 111 candidates in 17,058 polling booths covering Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North constituencies.

There are 94 male candidates and 17 are females.

Polling is scheduled to continue till 6 p.m.

The Kolkata North seat has the highest number of candidates (21) contesting among 42 parliamentary constituencies in Bengal, while it also has the lowest number of electorate (14.44 lakh).

Following incidents of violence and vandalism centring President Amit Shah's rally in the heart of Kolkata on May 14, the took the unprecedented step of curtailing campaign time by 20 hours by invoking Article 324 of the constitution.

To ensure peaceful and free and fair polls, the EC has decided to deploy 710 companies of central paramilitary forces, 461 Quick Response Teams (QRT) and state police personnel across the nine constituencies spread over three districts -- Kolkata, 24 North and 24 South.

Stakes are high in South 24 district's seat as Mamata Banerjee's nephew and MP is contesting for second term. He is pitted against CPI-M's Fuad Halim, BJP's Nilanjan Roy and Soumya Aich Roy of

Jadavpur constituency in Kolkata's southern suburb would see in action popular Bengali and political greenhorn Mimi Chakraborty, who has been challenged by CPI-M leader and former city and candidate Anupam Hazra, who defected from Trinamool a few months back.

In Kolkata North, in fray is BJP's and sitting MP and Saradha chit fund scam accused The CPI-M has fielded Kaninika Bose Ghosh while has nominated

In Kolkata South, a number of star voters including Mamata Banerjee, former and a host of Bengali intellectuals, artists and film stars will cast their votes. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand nephew is contesting in a ticket while Trinamool has fielded Mala Roy and CPI-M candidate is

The Basirhat seat, bordering that was hit by a communal violence in 2017, has also hogged the limelight since the announcement of candidate list as another Bengali silver screen heroine is fighting against BJP's Sayantan Basu, with the and the Congress also putting up candidates.

The votes will be counted on May 23.



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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 07:10 IST