Political parties have started campaigning in the state of West Bengal for the upcoming assembly polls. According to Election Commission sources, the date for the state assembly elections will be announced in early March. The commission wants to start the election process from the beginning of April.
Political parties have started campaigning in the state of West Bengal for the upcoming assembly polls. Despite the problems with the Left-Congress alliance, the state's political mercury is constantly rising in exchange for the words of Trinamool and BJP leaders.
Political experts believe that the TMC and the BJP will give a tough fight against each other to gain power in West Bengal.
According to Election Commission sources, the date for the state assembly elections will be announced in early March. The commission wants to start the election process from the beginning of April. The results are expected in the second week of May. According to Election Commission sources, the Assembly polls in Bengal could be held in seven phases.
Keeping in mind the political violence and Maoist problems, the commission conducted the 2016 assembly elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in seven phases. Although this year the Maoist's problem is not expected to occur, the commission is biased to hold the election in seven phases considering the political violence and COVID situation.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Aurora is also considering increasing the number of booths in the state considering the COVID-19 infection. The total number of booths in the last assembly election was about 78,000. The number of voters per booth was about 1500. This time, the commission is thinking of increasing the number of booths by 28,000 considering the COVID situation. However, the number of voters per booth can be brought to thousands.
The commission was in a dilemma before the Bihar election on whether people would go to the booth amid the COVID-19 situation. But the increase in the percentage of votes in Bihar has reduced the concern of the commission. Therefore, the commission has decided to start the voting process in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and Kerala.
Of the five states that have elections, the most notable is the Bengal elections. This time, the whole country is looking forward to watch what happens in the Bengal election. For the first time in Bengal, BJP is going to take part as the main opposition party. Opposition parties demanded a free and fair election in Bengal. As a result, it is going to be a big challenge for the commission to get the right amount of votes without any hindrance.
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Last Updated Jan 8, 2021, 3:11 PM IST