WB poll: 2nd phase begins

In the second phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, 50 constituencies with 93 lakh voters to caste their votes at 11,531 polling stations across three districts.

After a record 84.11 per cent turnout in the first phase, politicians are hoping Murshidabad, Birbhum and Nadia do the same.
The electoral future of 293 candidates including that of Pranab Mukherjee's son Avijit Mukherjee is likely to be decided on Saturday.

The CPI-M has fielded candidates in 31 seats, while its Left Front partners in 15 seats; the TMC in 29; the Congress in 21 and the BJP is contesting in all 50 constituencies.

The CPI-M has fielded candidates in 31 seats, while its Left Front partners Revolutionary Socialist Party, Forward Bloc and Communist Party of India are contesting in nine, five and one seat respectively, leaving three other seats to other minor parties.

The Trinamool is in the race in 29 and the Congress in 21 constituencies. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in all the 50 constituencies.

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