The noise of campaigning for the second phase of the Bengal and Assam assembly elections came to a halt on Monday evening. In Bengal, 171 candidates including 19 women are on the fray for 30 assembly seats in five districts North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Medinipur, and Bankura in the second phase. It also includes Nandigram, the highest-profile seat in the state, where Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and BJP's Suvendu Adhikari are in the fray. On the other hand, 345 candidates including 26 women are in the fray for the 39 assembly seats of Assam. The second phase of voting will be held on April 1.

It is worth mentioning that in the above two states, the first phase of voting was held on March 27. During this time voting was held in 30 seats in Bengal and 47 seats in Assam. In the first phase in Bengal, 84.63 percent of the votes were cast in the midst of sporadic violence. Now criminal cases are registered against 43 of the 171 candidates in the second phase. Of these, 36 have very serious criminal cases against them. There are 26 millionaire candidates in the second phase. Bharathi Ghosh of BJP is the richest candidate from the Debra seat in West Medinipur district. 46 candidates are in the age group of 25 to 40, while 92 candidates have stated their age between 41 and 60. Of the 30 assembly seats in the second phase, six have been declared sensitive.

21 companies of central force will be ready in Nandigram

In the second phase, 651 companies of central force will be deployed in 10,620 booths. There will be 21 companies in Nandigram assembly constituency. In the second phase, there will be 628 Quick Response Teams for immediate action in disturbed areas.

Mamta vs Shubhendu battle in Nandigram

The second phase also includes Nandigram seat, considered to be Bengal's most high profile seat, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Shubhendu officials from BJP are face to face. Not only this, the credibility of Shubhendu Adhikari is also at stake in the second phase, because elections are going to be held in his stronghold. Mamta does not want to leave any stone unturned to win the Nandigram seat. That is why she has been camping in Nandigram since Sunday and doing rambling election rallies and roadshows. Mamta herself said that I will remain in Nandigram till voting on April 1 and will go from here after voting. This clearly shows that Mamata Banerjee does not want to take any risky step on the Nandigram seat.

Assam's second phase high profile seat

In the second phase of Assam, the credibility of the veteran leaders of the party along with the BJP is also at stake. BJP's ministers Parimal Suklavaidya (Dholai), Bhavesh Karlita (Rangia), Pijush Hazarika (Jagirod) and Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haq are contesting from Laskar (Sonai). Apart from this, Digant Kalita (Kamlapur), Ramakant Deori (Morigaon), Jeetu Goswami (Brahmapur), Mihir Kanti Shom (Burbond), Gautam Roy (Katigowda), Nandita Garsola (Haflong) and Jayant Malla Barua (Nalbari). Aziz Ahmed Khan of AGP (Karimjung South) is contesting as an independent from former MLA Dilip Kumar Paul Silchar, who quit the party after not getting a ticket from BJP.