West Bengal election: Violence mars phase 4 polling, 4 killed in Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi

 West Bengal election: Violence mars phase 4 polling, 4 killed in Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi

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In this phase, 44 seats spread over Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts in north Bengal and parts of South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hoogly in the southern part of the state are up for grab

KOLKATA

Polling for the fourth phase of West Bengal elections in underway to decide the electoral fate of high-profile candidates including Union Minister Babul Supriyo and West Bengal ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas.

In this phase, 44 seats spread over Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts in north Bengal and parts of South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hoogly in the southern part of the state are up for grab. Polling will be held for nine assembly constituencies in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Coochbehar and ten in Hooghly.

Babul Supriyo will face sitting MLA Arup Biswas at Tollygunj, considered as the heart of the Bengali film industry in the southern outskirts of Kolkata, while Partha Chatterjee, also the TMC’s secretary general, will lock horns with film actor Srabanti Chatterjee of the BJP in Behala West seat. Among other key candidates who are in the fray in one of the high-profile contests of this phase is TMC turncoat Rajib Banerjee, a former minister of the Mamata Banerjee cabinet. He is contesting from Domjur in Howrah district on a BJP ticket.

At least four people were killed in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district after CISF allegedly opened fire at them after coming under attack amid voting for the fourth phase

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