Around 40 percent voters cast their vote in first four hours of polling in 31 Assembly seats in West Bengal on Monday. 36 percent of polling was recorded in the second phase of voting for 61 constituencies in Assam, which started at 7 am today.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh casts his vote in Assam’s Dispur district. Five-time CPI-M MLA from Narayangarh and Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra was among the early voters.
Two bags containing bombs were found near booth number 35 in Jamuria by the police.
In the same constituency, a CPI(M) agent was injured after he was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress workers and obstructed from entering a polling booth.
About 70 lakh people are eligible to cast their votes today. The fate of 163 candidates, including 21 women, will be decided in election.
Re-poll in two booths of Bankura and West Midnapore districts in West Bengal, where polling was held in the first part of the first phase poll on April 4, is also being held on Monday.
Five more phases of polling will be held in the state till May 5.
Besides TMC and the Left-Congress alliance, the BJP, which has only one MLA in the outgoing Assembly, has also fielded candidates from all the seats in the hope of making it a triangular fight.