70 lakh voters, 21 female candidates in First Phase 1(b) polling for WB election

In West Bengal there are about 70 lakh voters for Phase 1(b) election in 31 Assembly Constituencies spread over three districts for which polling would be held on April 11. About 8,500 polling stations have been set up for them. The total number of voters in 13 constituencies of West Medinipur district is about thirty lakh, while that in nine constituencies of Bankura is twenty lakhs and that in nine constituencies of Burdwan district about twenty lakhs. Daspur of West Medinipur district is having the highest number of voters exceeding 2,73,000 while Pandabeswar of Burdwan district has the smallest number of voters slightly over 1,89,000. In this phase of polling, Daspur constituency in West Medinipur district has the distinction of having the highest number of polling stations 329. On the other hand the lowest number of polling stations, 233 are in Bishnupur of the Bankura district.

There are 21 women out of 163 candidates are in the fray for Phase 1(b) election to 31 Assembly Constituencies in the three districts. They are contesting from 15 constituencies. There are nine female candidates in Burdwan and six each in West Medinipur and Burdwan district. There are two female candidates each in Chandrakona (West Medinipur), Bankura and Sonamukhi (Bankura district) and Raniganj, Asansol (Uttar) and Baraboni (Burdwan district). One woman candidate each is contesting from Pingla, Daspur, Ghatal and Keshpur (Paschim Medinipur district) and Chatna and Barjora (Bankura district) and Pandabeswar, Durgapur (West) and Jamulia (Burdwan district). Of the 21 female candidates seven belong to AITC, three to BJP, two each to CPI(M) and INC.

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