Voting begins for first phase of Assembly polls in Assam, WB

Guwahati (Assam), April 4 (ANI): The first of the two-phase Assam assembly polls began today at 7 a.m. amid strict security in 65 constituencies.

A total of 539 candidates,including 43 women, are in the fray. More than 95 lakh voters will decide the fate of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal.

As many as 1,241 polling stations have been identified as ‘critical’ polling stations, 1,992 as ‘hypersensitive’ and 3,739 as ‘sensitive’.

The Congress Party has fielded a total of 65 candidates; the BJP has put up 52, and AIUDF 27. The second phase of the polling will take place on April 11.

In West Bengal, voting has begun for the first phase of assembly elections in 18 constituencies amid tight security.

These constituencies include six seats in Paschim Medinipur, nine in Purulia and three in Bankura districts.

4,940 polling stations have been set-up for over 40 lakh voters, who will decide the fate of 133 candidates.

39 candidates are in the fray in Paschim Medinipur, 72 In Purulia and 22 in Bankura. 11 of the candidates are women.

Voters at most of the booths were seen queuing up well before the start of voting at 7 a.m.

As most parts of about 13 of the 18 constituencies are in Left Wing Extremist affected areas, the Election Commission has put up very tight security measures.

The other six polling dates in the state are April 11, 17, 21, 25, 30 and May 5. (ANI)

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