Campaigning for fifth phase of Bengal Assembly elections, fate of 319 candidates to be decided

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-04-14 21:13:34 IST

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More robust security arrangements will be made at this stage. This time one lakh seven thousand soldiers of the Central Security Force will be deployed. 21000 personnel of the state police will also be ready. 860 out of 1071 CAPF companies will be on electoral duty on 17 April.

The noise of campaigning for the fifth phase of the Bengal assembly elections came to a halt at 6.30 pm on Wednesday. In the fifth phase, polling will be held on April 17 for 45 seats in North 24 Parganas, Nadia, East Bardhaman, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong and Darjeeling districts. A total of 319 candidates are in the fray in this phase.

More robust security arrangements will be made at this stage. This is the reason that one lakh seven thousand soldiers of the Central Security Force will be deployed this time. Apart from this, 21,000 personnel of the state police will also be ready. Out of 1,071 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), 860 companies will be on electoral duty on 17 April. Of these, 821 companies will remain inside polling stations. The rest will serve as 'strike forces' and remain on sector duty.

Significantly, after the incident in the fourth phase of Sheetalchi in Cooch Behar district, the Commission has become very cautious. Hundreds of militant villagers surrounded the Central Security Force personnel and tried to snatch their rifles in Sheetalkuchi. The soldiers had to fire in self-defense, in which four people were killed.

There are criminal cases against 79 candidates of the fifth phase. 65 of them have very serious criminal cases against them. There are a total of 65 millionaire candidates in this phase. Riju Ghoshal of Congress is the richest candidate from Shantipur seat in Nadia district. According to the affidavit, his total assets are Rs 19,47,05,304.

On the other hand, independent candidates NG Sherpa from Darjeeling seat and Bhushan Kumar Soni of JDU from Siliguri seat have zero assets. In the fifth phase, 125 candidates have declared their educational qualification between fifth to twelfth, while 182 candidates have graduated and above.

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