In the third phase of polling, elections will be held in 3 districts and 31 Assembly seats.
The districts include Howrah Part I, South 24 Parganas Part II and Hooghly Part 1 on April 6 With the issue of notification, the nomination process began.
The thirty-one Assembly Constituencies of West Bengal going to polls in the Third Phase are 128 – Basanti (SC), 129 – Kultali (SC), 133 – Kulpi, 134 – Raidighi, 135 – Mandirbazar (SC), 136 – Jaynagar (SC), 137 – Baruipur Purba (SC), 138 – Canning Paschim (SC), 139 – Canning Purba, 140 – Baruipur Paschim 11. 141 – Magrahat Purba (SC) 12. 142 – Magrahat Paschim 13. 143 – Diamond Harbour, 144 – Falta, 145 – Satgachhia, 146 – Bishnupur (SC), 177 – Uluberia Uttar (SC), 178 – Uluberia Dakshin, 179 – Shyampur, 180 – Bagnan, 181 – Amta, 182 – Udaynarayanpur, 183 – Jagatballavpur, 195 – Jangipara, 196 – Haripal, 197 – Dhanekhali (SC), 198 – Tarakeswar, 199 – Pursurah, 200 – Arambag (SC), 201 – Goghat (SC), 202 – Khanakul.
The filing of nominations for the third phase ends on March 19. Scrutiny of the same will be done on March 20. The last day of withdrawal of candidature is March 22.
The political parties are gearing up for the longest phase of polls in the state assembly elections. This time the polls will be held in eight phases.
Ruling Trinamool Congress and Left Front have introduced some new candidates while BJP is also preparing to rope in popular faces.
Sources said around 650 companies of central forces are likely to arrive in Bengal before March 25. These will be in addition to the 125 companies that have already reached Bengal.
The total number of companies of central forces (944) that will be in Bengal ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled to begin on March 27, is much higher than that in the 2016 assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. This, sources said, would be the highest pre-election deployment of central forces in Bengal.
Meanwhile, the BJP has announced the list of star campaigners for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, which also features actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari, Dharmendra Pradhan, West Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh are among the prominent star campaigners.
Actors-turned-politicians such as Locket Chatterjee, Roopa Ganguly, Babul Supriyo, Manoj Tiwari, Srabanti Chatterjee, Paayel Sarkar and Hiran Chatterjee are also going to be campaigning for the BJP other than Mithun Chakraborty.
Mithun, who recently joined the BJP, will campaign for Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, who has been fielded as Mamata’s opponent in a fierce face-off.
Mithun, Irani and Pradhan will accompany Adhikari for his nomination on March 12, Adhikari’s office said in a statement West Bengal assembly election is going to be a high stake event this fall as both BJP and TMC have unleashed challenge against each other.
Even months before the polls, BJP has been aggressively campaigning in the state, targeting the incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.
Several big names of the TMC have left their party and joined BJP ahead of the election, questioning the conduct of the Mamata Banerjee led state government.
Names like Suvendu Adhikari, Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya, former Howrah mayor Rathin Chakraborty and actor Rudranil Ghosh, others have joined the BJP ahead of elections.
Meanwhile, BJP’s star campaigners including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party Chief JP Nadda, national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargia, others have been actively campaigning in the state months before the forthcoming polls.