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Second phase of West Bengal polls on Saturday

Siliguri , Fri, 22 Apr 2011 ANI

Siliguri (West Bengal), Apr 22 (ANI): Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in West Bengal ahead of the second phase of the assembly polls beginning Saturday.


Polling will take place in 50 constituencies covering Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum districts in which over 93 lakh 33 thousand voters will decide the fate of 293 candidates.


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded the highest number of candidates, 50, followed by the CPI (M), 31. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded 29 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (27) and the Congress (21).


Prominent candidates, whose fate would be decided in this phase, include Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee from Nalhati, Panchayat, Minister and CPI (M) leader Anisur Rehman, former High Court judge Nure Alam Chowdhury contesting on Trinamool Congress ticket from Murarai and Rukbanur Rehman, brother of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman from the Chapra constituency.


The Left Front has been in power in West Bengal for 34 years.


The state will have elections in six phases. The first phase took place on April 18.


The second phase will take place on April 23, the third phase on April 27, the fourth phase on May 3, the fifth phase on May 7 and the sixth phase on May 10.


The total number of assembly constituencies in West Bengal is 294, of which 68 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 16 for Scheduled Tribes. (ANI)


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