Polling Begins in 43 Seats, 306 Candidates in Fray


West Bengal Election 2021 Voting Live Updates: In West Bengal, 43 constituencies will go to the polls on Thursday with 306 candidates in the fray in this phase. Over one crore voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of the candidates. The polls are being held amid a raging pandemic where India has been seeing record spike in Covid-19 cases every day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted ahead of polling saying, “The people of West Bengal are voting to elect a new assembly. On the sixth phase today, urging those whose seats are polling to exercise their franchise.”

After the violence in the first five polls, security measures have been heightened. Five people in Cooch Behar died in the fourth phase of polling on April 10. The poll panel has decided to deploy at least 1,071 companies of central forces in the sixth phase to ensure free and fair voting, he said. It will also put in place measures to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the voting process, the official said.