Voting for the first phase of West Bengal assembly elections is going on. Voting will begin at 7:00 am and run until 6:30 pm. Voting time has been extended in view of Corona. During this period, votes will be cast for the 30 assembly seats of five districts of the state Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, East and West Medinipur. Seven of these constituencies have been declared sensitive. A total of 191 candidates are in the fray. These include 29-29 from Trinamool and BJP, 18 from CPI-M, 11 from BSP, four from CPI, six from Congress, two from forwarding Bloc, one from RSP, 48 and 43 Independents from other parties. Of these, 11 are reserved seats. Four are reserved for Scheduled Castes and seven for Scheduled Tribes.

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Maoists blew vehicle of election workers in Purulia before election

Adequate security arrangements have been made for the election. But the electoral violence in the state is not taking its name to a standstill. In Bandwan in Purulia district on Friday night, the Maoists set the election workers' vehicle ablaze. This caused the vehicle to burn completely. According to the information received from the police, the two Maoists sprayed chemicals and set them on fire by unloading the poll personnel at the polling booth. Police say that two Maoists set fire to the vehicle when the vehicle was leaving, covering the face from the forest. Police is searching for the accused. Let us tell that Bandwan is a Maoism affected area. The first phase of polling is held in Purulia on Saturday.

684 companies of central force deployed

Strong security arrangements have been made in the five districts in view of the first phase of voting. 684 companies of central force are deployed. Purulia has the highest number of 185 companies, 144 in Jhargram, 148 in East Medinipur, 124 in West Medinipur and 83 in Bankura. A total of 10,288 polling booths have been set up in the first phase. Purulia district has the highest number of polling booths at 3,127. Apart from this, there are 2,437 booths in East Medinipur and 2,089 in West Medinipur. There are 1,328 polling booths in Bankura and 1307 in Jhargram. 

170 men and 21 women out of total candidates

There are 170 men and 21 women among the total candidates. Of these, 48 have criminal cases against them. Of the 191 candidates, 10 millionaires and two have total assets of only 500-500 rupees. 96 candidates are just fifth to 12th pass, while 92 are graduates and above with educational qualification. A total of 73,80,942 voters will decide their political fate. There are 37,52,938 male and 36,27,949 female voters out of which there are 55 voters in third gender. There are also three overseas Indian voters. There are also 11,767 service voters separately.

Voting in eight phases on 294 seats 

Let us know that 294 seats in the state are to be voted in eight phases. First phase on 27 March. Second - April 1, third - April 6, fourth - April 10, fifth phase - April 17, sixth phase - April 22, seventh phase - April 26, eighth phase - voting will be on April 29. Results will come on 2 May. 

Voting on these seats

District: East Medinipur (seven seats) - Patashpur, Kanthi North, Bhagwanpur, Khejuri (secured), Kanthi South, Ramnagar and Egra. 

District: West Medinipur (six seats) - Dantan, Keshari (safe), Kharagpur, Gadbeta, Salboni and Medinipur.

District: Jhargram (four seats) - Nayagram (reserved), Gopiballabhpur, Jhargram and Binpur (reserved).

District: Purulia (nine seats) - Bandwan (safe), Balrampur, Baghmundi, Joypur, Purulia, Manbazar (safe), Kashipur, Para (safe) and Raghunathpur (safe).

District: Bankura (four seats) -Saltora (safe), Chhatna, Ranibandh (safe) and Raipur (safe). 

These are hot seats 

Medinipur, Kharagpur, Kanthi North, Kanthi South, Baghmundi.

The candidates discussed in the first phase

Trinamool Congress: Shrikant Mahato, Rajeev Lochan Sareen, Uttam Barik, Dineen Rai and June Malia.

BJP: Rabindranath Maity, Chandana Bauri and Rajiv Kundu.

Congress: Nepal Mahato, Uttam Banerjee, Partha Pratim Banerjee and Manas Kumar Karamhapatra.