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Availability of forces, other issues reason for 7-phase

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Availability of forces was the most crucial reason in deciding the seven-phase Sabha elections in West Bengal, said Sunday.

Besides, there were "other issues", Aftab said without elaborating it.

The country will go for Sabha election in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, and will have its share of polls in each of those seven days.

Counting of votes will be held on May 23.

The opposition parties of the state claimed that the seven-phase polls reflects the "deteriorating" law and order situation under the rule, while the ruling party alleged that Centre has "misled" the about the situation in the state.

Polls will be held for two seats on April 11, three on April 18, five on April 23, eight on April 29 seven on May 6, eight on May 12, and nine on May 19.

Aftab said while polling will be held in Coochbehar and Alipurduar in the first phase, and Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj in the second.

The third phase polls will witness voting in Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and Murshidabad.

There will be higher number of constituencies in the next four phase polls.

For the fourth phase, polling will be held in Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, and

The fifth phase will witness voting in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Srirampore, Hooghly, Arambag.

For he sixth phase, it will be held in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur.

The seventh and last phase polls on May 19 will be held in Kolkata and two neighbouring districts. The seats are Dumdum, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur and

The said with the announcement of dates, model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect.

He said an estimated 6.97 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in 78,799 polling stations across the state.

There will be (VVPAT) in all the polling stations, the said.

To a question the said the process to identify vulnerable polling stations was still on.

"We will shortly sit with all the political parties to ensure smooth and fair polls," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 22:40 IST