West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 Phase 2 Voting Date, Full Schedule, Candidates List: With first phase over and second phase on April 1, third phase will take place on April 6, phase-IV on April 10, phase-V on April 17, phase-VI on April 22, phase-VII on April 26 and phase-VIII on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
West Bengal Elections 2021: Mamata Banerjee vs Suvendu Adhikari
West Bengal Elections 2021 Phase 2 Voting Date, Full Schedule, Candidates List, Constituency Details: West Bengal is gearing up for phase two polling on April 2. In the phase two, 30 assembly seats are up for grab — the same number of seats had gone to polls in first phase on March 27. These 30 seats are spread in three districts, South 24 Parganas, Bankura, and Medinipur. Polling in West Bengal was scheduled in eight phases. With first phase over and second phase on April 1, third phase will take place on April 6, phase-IV on April 10, phase-V on April 17, phase-VI on April 22, phase-VII on April 26 and phase-VIII on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
For 30 seats in phase two, 171 candidates are in fray with 152 men and 19 women. Of all the constituencies, Nandigram is set to witness a high-profile contest between sitting chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her former party colleague and now BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. Besides Adhikari and Banerjee, Left front candidate Minakshi Mukherjee is also trying her luck from Nandigram. The Left has won this seat eight times, and TMC 3.
Other Key fights
Panskura Paschim: Firoza Bibi (TMC) vs Shintu Senapati (BJP) vs Chittaranjan Das Thakur (CPIM)
Firoza Bibi has won twice from Nandigram on TMC ticket.
Moyana: Sangram Kumar Dolui (TMC) vs Ashoke Dinda (BJP) vs Manik Bhownik
Ashoke Dinda is a former cricketar, now with the BJP.
Importance of South 24 Parganas
Some assembly seats going to polls in phase two are in South 24 Parganas district. Overall, the district has 31 Assembly constituencies and is known as a Trinamool stronghold. In 2016, the TMC managed to win 29 of 31 seats in the South 24 Parganas. The BJP did manage to make a dent in the North 24 Parganas in the last parliamentary election held in 2019 bit it failed to score a victory in South 24 Parganas. Here, chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek won the Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat for the second time in 2019.
West Bengal Elections 2021: List of constituencies going to polls in Phase-II
West Bengal Elections 2021: Documents for identification of voters at polling stations
MNREGA Job Card Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour Driving License PAN Card Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR Indian Passport Pension document with photograph Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
West Bengal Election 2021: Covid-19 Guidelines for safe election
Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity.
At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out; Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations.
Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant Covid-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of Covid-19 guidelines.
This time, the Bharatiya Janata Party is contesting on 293 seats while it has left one seat for its alliance partner All Jharkhand Students Union headed by Ashutosh Mahto. Mamata Banerjee’s TMC is contesting on 290 seats and has given three seats to Bimal Gurung’s Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which has presence in hilly regions of North Bengal. Left-led Third Front is fighting on 137 seats while the Congress is contesting on 91 and Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front on 28.