West Bengal is going to vote across seven phases from April 11 to May 19, the highest number of phases along with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This is the first time that the Lok Sabha election is being conducted in seven phases across the state.
Last year, the Sangh Parivaar outfit was severely criticised after their members were seen carrying arms during Ram Navami rallies. Also, incidents of violence were reported from several pockets of the state.
“Forty-seven companies have been deployed in Cooch Behar. The remaining (36) are in Alipurduar. In Cooch Behar, 760 polling stations will have static posting of central forces,” Special Police Observer Vivek Dube told The Indian Express.
As per the notification signed by ECI secretary Rakesh Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma has been replaced by Dr Rajesh Kumar, who is ADG, Pollution Control Board, and Biddhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh has been replaced by Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IG (Operations).
With an aim to create awareness among people with disabilities and to encourage them to cast their vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the district administrators have designated several physically challenged people as “poll icons”.
The 29 companies of the CRPF will be moved to North Bengal in a phase-wise manner. Forces will be withdrawn from places like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Jhargram districts, which together form the Jangalmahal area.
Regular customers and enthusiastic party workers throng the shop daily to pick their favourite rosogolla or sondesh, daubed with their preferred party colours. “The BJP is giving a tough time to Trinamool in my shop,” said Haldar, who has been running the shop for the last 30 years and is known for making theme-based sweets.
These youngsters were qualified for the post of assistant teachers and their names are on the waiting list of the School Service Commission (SSC) that notified the vacancies in 2016, conducted the selection test in 2017 and published the results in March 2018.
Opposition parties asked for central forces in large numbers, citing examples of violence during the panchayat elections. Sources said the BJP claimed 100 of its workers had died during the panchayat polls.
Tollywood actors Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan are among six famous personalities who will contest the Lok Sabha election on TMC tickets. They have been nominated for two important seats — Jadavpur and Basirhat.