New Delhi: The fifth phase of voting is taking place in West Bengal today. In this phase, 45 assembly of six districts of the state is going to vote. Polling is on for 45 seats in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, North 24 Parganas, East Burdwan and Nadia districts in this phase. Tight security arrangements have been made for this phase after the violence in the fourth phase. Voting continues from 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. There are 319 candidates in the fray for this phase.
North Bengal has 13 seats in this phase which is seen as a BJP stronghold. On the other hand, the influence of Trinamool Congress on the seats of South Bengal is strong. The CPM can also show strength in some seats in South Bengal, despite its weak dominance in the state.
The seats to be voted on today are important for the Trinamool Congress, and more special for the BJP. If we look at the results of these 45 assembly seats in six districts, it would be seen that the Trinamool Congress won 33 seats, the Congress five, the Left Front four and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha of Darjeeling won three. BJP did not even open an account in these areas. But, just three years after this election, the BJP collected such a coin that it was ahead of the Trinamool Congress in getting the vote percentage.
Voting on 17 April 44 seats in the fifth phase
The 44 seats to be voted on in the fifth phase are Dhupguri, Mayanaguri, Jalpaiguri, Raiganj, Abgram Phool Bari, Mal, Nagar Kata, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Kurseong, Matigada, Naxalbari, Siliguri, Hanging Deva, Panihati, Kamarhati, Baranagar. , Dum Dum, Rajarhat New Town, Vidhannagar, Rajarhat Gopalpur, Madhyamgram, Barasat, Deganga, Habra, Meenkhan, Sandeshkhali, Basirhat South, Basirhat North, Hingalganj, Khandaghosh, Vardhman South, Rayna, Jamalpur, Manteshwar, Kalan, Memari, Vardhman North.
Significantly, in the first phase on March 27 in the state, in the first phase, 30 assembly seats in 5 districts were poured, in which 79.79 percent voters had exercised their franchise. After this, on April 1, in the second phase, 80.53 percent voting was held in 30 assembly seats in 4 districts. The third phase saw 31 percent voting in 31 seats. Whereas in the fourth phase, 76 percent voting was done in 44 seats. In this way, in 294 assembly seats, voting has been done in 135 seats in four phases so far in the state.
Actually, under the assembly elections, voting is taking place in a total of eight phases in West Bengal. Till now, the four-phase voting in the state is over. At the same time, votes will be cast on April 17 for the fifth phase. In the fifth phase, votes will be cast on 44 seats on 17 April. In the sixth phase, votes will be cast on 43 seats on April 22, in the seventh phase on 36 seats on 26 April and in the eighth and final phase on 35 seats on 29 April. At the same time, the results will be announced on May 2 in five states simultaneously.
Let me tell you that the main competition in this election is being seen between the ruling party TMC and BJP. Whereas TMC is trying hard to stay in power, BJP wants to win power in Bengal for the first time.
Looking at the results of the 2016 assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress won 39 of these 44 seats. At the same time, there was only one seat in BJP’s account. The Left got three seats and the Congress, one of its allies, got one seat. However, the situation completely changed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Out of these 44 seats, BJP was ahead in just 25 seats and Trinamool in 19 seats. Zero came in the bag of the leftist parties and the Congress which fought separately.