During the first phase of Assembly elections ,the turn out in West Bengal for 18 seats and in Assam for 65 seats,it was “historic high”.
Election Commission had extended voting for the voters by an hour because there was a lot of crowd of voters, said by the Election commission sources.Although it was still not clear.
In Bengal the turn around of voters was 81% and in Assam it was 80 % respectively.Sandeep Saxena, deputy election commissioner said that no major violence have been reported during the voting, no reports of violence that is major and injuries have been reported so far.
In the 2 states, voting was done under a very tight security and presence of large mass of forces of central paramilitary were present. In West Bengal, “aerial surveillance by helicopter-borne personnel “ was present.
In the middle, 61 seats were left and on April 11 Assam’s lower region will be voting for the second /final phase. In Bengal, for rest 31 seats voting will be held on April 11.
In Bengal , polling constituencies approximately were in Naxalite-affected regions. In Jangalmahal, tribal area for 13 seats , due to issue of security voting was concluded till 4 pm. For the rest of 5 seats, Manbazar, Purulia,Raghunathpur, Kashipur and Para till 6 pm the polling booths were open.
70 per cent (estimated) of the 9.5 million voters, in Assam gave thier votes.Out of the 126 constituencies, 65 where the voting was taking place during the first phase no violence was reported so far.
Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister from Titabor ; Pranab Gogoi, Speaker of the outgoing Assembly, from Sibsagar prominent candidates of Congress whose fate has been “sealed in electronic voting machines “.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate from Majuli ; Jorhat Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, BJP’s Lok Sabha member from Titabor is contesting against Gogoi are among the prominent candidates of BJP.
TMC of Bengal , over the huge turn around had expressed satisfaction and said ‘silent revolution’ by Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Bengal guided the development of the state.
“There were some issues with EVMs in some booths which were immediately addressed for smooth functioning,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar said.”
In West Bengal , most of the turn around was indicated by the most of the analysts to the weakening “Left-wing insurgency”.