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Three LS seats in WB to go polls in the second phase

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Three Lok Sabha constituencies in north Bengal - (SC), and will go to the polls in the second phase of elections on Thursday.

The ruling Trinamool in and the BJP are the main contenders in the three seats which will see a four-cornered contest between the two parties, the and the Left Front.

The constituencies saw high profile campaigning by Narendra Modi, and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, and who raised a plethora of issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams and development to security.

TMC has fielded against BJP's Jayanta Kumar Roy in constituency, where Moni Kumar Darnal of Congress and Bhagirath of CPI(M) are also in the fray.

In the TMC nominated who will fight against Raju Bisht of BJP, Sankar Malakar of Congress and of CPI(M).

TMC has nominated in seat against Md Salim of CPI(M), of Congress and Debashree Chowdhury of BJP.

The Jalpaguri seat is a reserved one as it has a large population of backward communities who work mainly in the tea gardens. There is also a sizeable chunk of Nepalis and people of the Rajbangshi community.

The poor condition of tea garden workers, specially the closure of several tea gardens will play a major role in the constiuency this election as also the relating to setting up of Circuit Bench of

The picturesque Hills is geared for a pitched battle between two Gorkha leaders - Rai and Bisht with development and restoration of democracy as their top poll planks. The long-standing demand for a separate has been relegated to the background.

Rai is the candidate and has the support on the Binay Tamang faction of the GJM. Bisht is on the other hand being supported by the Bimal Gurung faction of the GJM and GNLF who are stressing on minimum wages for tea workers, potable water, electricity, education and employment.

The Lok Sabha seat, which was once a Congress stronghold, will see a four-cornered contest. This seat along with Murshidabad had been the bone of contention between Congress and the CPI-M in the futile seat sharing talks.

The EC has deployed 194 companies of central forces in the three constituencies to cover 80 per cent of the 5,390 booths for free and fair polling.

Besides observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer.

In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs, the EC sources said.

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

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:30 IST