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Voting begins in West Bengal for sixth phase of LS polls

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Amid heightened security, voting began for eight parliamentary constituencies of in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday.

The polling, which started at 7 am, will continue till 6 pm.

The eight constituencies -- Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) -- are spread over East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and part of East Burdwan districts.

In the five years back, the Mamata Banerjee-led had won all the eight seats.

An electorate of around 1,33,56,964 will decide the fate of 83 candidates -- 78 male and five female -- in the eight seats.

Bengali film star cum incumbent Deepak (Dev) Adhikari, veteran leader and member Manas Bhunia, former Union for Rural Development Sisir Adhikari, (all Trinamool) and and former IPS (BJP) are among the star candidates.

The Ghatal seat is grabbing a lot of attention as Trinamool's sitting Deepak Adhikari is being challenged by BJP's candidate

A total of 770 companies of central forces are being deployed in the state's tribal heartland as well as the seats in Junglemahal, once a hotbed of Maoists, where stringent security arrangements are in place to ensure fool-proof polls.

According to an analysis done by the Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, 16 candidates have assets worth over Rs 1 crore and 28 declared criminal cases against themselves.

The seventh and final phase of polling in the state will be held on May 19.

The votes will be counted on May 23.



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 07:06 IST