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West Bengal Election 2021 Phase 8: 23% candidates have criminal records, 19% crorepati

Fifty of the candidates for the eighth phase have serious criminal cases against them.

April 28, 2021 / 02:27 PM IST
West Bengal Election 2021 | Voters standing outside a polling booth in Bengal (File image: AFP)

West Bengal Election 2021 | Voters standing outside a polling booth in Bengal (File image: AFP)

Campaigning for the eighth and the final phase of the West Bengal assembly election has ended and voting for 35 seats will be held on April 29.

These constituencies are spread across four districts—six in Malda, 11 in Murshidabad, seven in Kolkata North and 11 in Birbhum. The polling will be held between 7 am and 6.30 pm at 11,860 polling stations. A total of 84,77,728 voters—43,55,835 male, 41,21,735 women and 158 of the third gender—are eligible to exercise their franchise and decide the fate of 283 candidates.

Five assembly constituencies in Kolkata North—Beleghata, Jorsanko, Shyampukur, Maniktala, Kashipur-Belgachia—will be closely watched as the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP are tied in a tight contest.

In Shyampukur, minister of state for women and child development and social welfare Shashi Panja is up against BJP's Sandipan Biswas and AIFB's Jiban Prakash Saha. TMC has fielded Paresh Paul against BJP's Kashinath Biswas and CPI-M's Rajib Biswas in Beleghata.