West Bengal polls: PM asks voters to vote in large numbers following Covid protocol

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the voters to come in large numbers in the eighth and final phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.

‘Last phase of the 2021 West Bengal elections takes place today. In line with the COVID-19 protocols, I call upon people to cast their vote and enrich the festival of democracy,’ the PM tweeted.

Amid a raging second wave of COVID-19, voting for the final phase of Assembly election in West Bengal began at 0700 hrs this morning in 35 of the state’s 294 constituencies. As many as 84,77,728 voters, including 43,55,835 men, 41,21,735 women and 158 of the third gender, are eligible to decide the fate of 283 candidates.

The candidates include 35 women contesting in the six constituencies of Malda, 11 each in Murshidabad and Birbhum and Seven constituencies in Kolkata North.

Voting is being held between 0700 hrs and 1830 hrs in 11,860 polling booths.

The results will be declared on May 2.

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