Siliguri (West Bengal), Apr 17(ANI): Security has been beefed up in West Bengal ahead of the first phase of the state assembly polls.
Paramilitary forces were deployed in large numbers around the various polling booths on Sunday to avoid any untoward incident.
Sunil Agarwal, a Returning Officer at a polling booth, said that all aspects have been reckoned in right earnest.
"Presently our 90 percent polling party has already been moved. They are going to respective polling stations. There is no shortage of polling personnel etc. even about that EVM, machines, materials etc. everything is under control. Security forces, booth is now being looked by central paramilitary forces. So there is no dearth of police personnel," Agarwal said.
West Bengal's 294-member legislature will have assembly elections in six phases.
The first phase of voting will take place on Monday, second phase on April 23, third phase on April 27, fourth phase on May 3, fifth phase on May 7 and sixth phase on May 10.
The Left Front, led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist or CPI-M, has been in power in West Bengal for more than three decades.
Presently, it is facing a tough challenge from provincial main opposition Trinamool Congress and its ally Congress, who have stepped up pressure by raising simmering issues such as Maoist insurgency, corruption and unemployment. (ANI)