Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

IDB Scholarship Program: Application form can be downloaded from here

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Regional

West Bengal poll battle enters phase two Saturday

Friday April 22, 2011 08:46:58 PM, IANS

Related Article

31 'crorepati' candidates in third phase of Bengal polls

The third phase of West Bengal assembly elections April 27, spread over the North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata districts, will witness 31 'crorepatis'   »

Third phase of Bengal polls has its share of criminal candidates

Bengal's 'red fort' faces challenge as voting begins Monday

West Bengal: Over 70 pc cast votes in peaceful polls

Kolkata: The Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance, making a determined charge to unseat the Left Front in West Bengal, faces the challenge from its own dissidents as the stage is all set for the second phase of assembly elections Saturday.

Over 93 lakh voters in 11,531 polling stations spread over three districts will Saturday elect their representatives for 50 assembly constituencies from a field of 293 candidates.

After the record 84.11 percent turnout on April 18 in the first phase of balloting in 54 constituencies of north Bengal, the poll Juggernaut now moves south, reaching historic Murshidabad, the capital of the erstwhile Nawabs of Bengal, where the English East India Company snatched power on the battle grounds of Plassey in 1757.

Bordering Murshidabad is Nadia, the birthplace of Vaishnava saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, while to the west lies Birbhum district, home to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's Santiniketan.

Murshidabad has 22 seats, Nadia 17 and Birbhum 11.

Eight rebel Congressmen - four each in Murshidabad and Nadia - are in the fray as independents after the party high command denied them tickets and yielded the seats to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

In Murshidabad, the dissidents have the backing of district Congress chief and Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, while in Nadia they have their supporter in formidable leader Shankar Singh.

Both Chowdhury and Singh are canvassing for the dissidents, who have already been expelled from the party by the Congress high command. But the party leadership is yet to take any action against the two leaders.

In Birbhum, all eyes will be on Nalhati constituency where union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's son and Congress candidate Avijit Mukherjee is making his debut in electoral battle and is up against Forward Bloc nominee Dipak Chatterjee.

Baul (folk) singer Parikkhit Bala is in the race from Sainthia on a Trinamool ticket.

Other prominenet candidates in the second phase include CPI-M leader and state minister Anisur Rehman, former high court judge and Trinamool nominee Nure Alam Chowdhury, and Rukbanur Rahman, brother of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman who was killed a month after he married the daughter of a Kolkata-based Hindu industrialist.

The CPI-M has fielded candidates in 31 seats, while its Left Front partners Revolutionary Socialist Party, Forward Bloc and Communist Party of India are contesting in nine, five and one seat respectively, leaving three other seats to other minor parties.

The Trinamool is in the race in 29 and the Congress in 21 constituencies. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in all the 50 constituencies.

Around 5,000 security personnel have been deployed in the three districts to ensure free and fair polls and to prevent any breach of peace.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP stalwart L.K. Advani and party chief Nitin Gadkari besides Left Front leaders Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and front chairman Biman Bose have campaigned in the three districts.

During the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Trinamool Congress, the Congress and their other alliance partner Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C) fought together against the state's ruling Left Front and bagged 26 of the 42 seats.

The last four phases of the state's assembly polls will be held April 27 (75 constituencies), May 3 (63), May 7 (38) and May 10 (14).

The votes will be counted May 13.



  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Modi wanted Muslims to be taught a lesson, says top cop

A senior police officer from Gujarat, Sanjiv Bhatt, has accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of wanting to teach Muslims "a lesson" after the Godhra train attack in 2002 killed 59 Hindus.  »

‘Vibrant Gujarat has left the state’s Muslims in an economic ghetto'

Narendra Modi unapologetic on the Gujarat carnage: US Diplomat


  Most Read

Sanjiv Bhatt - the man who took on Narendra Modi

Top Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt, who has openly challenged Chief Minister Narendra Modi by accusing him of  »

I stand by my statement, says top cop about his affidavit against Modi

Voices of dissonance against Anna and Co

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, historian K.N. Panikkar and activist Shabnam Hashmi Friday strongly objected to the "authoritarian" attitude adopted by social reformer Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption and accused him of being affiliated to   »

A flirting Modern Day Nero and submissive Modern Day Gandhi


  News Pick

Top Urdu writer Ibn-e-Safi's thrillers now in English

A desi combination of James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, Pakistani writer Ibn-e-Safi's macho crime-fighters were firm favourites of generations of Urdu-reading people right from when they first appeared in the 1950s. Their  »

Incomplete map of India removed from government website

The authorities have removed a controversial map of India from a government website that didn't have parts of Jammu and Kashmir which New Delhi claims are under the illegal occupation  »

Happy to be out of Hurriyat, says Ansari

Maulvi Abbas Ansari, the senior Kashmiri Shia leader who was suspended from the Hurriyat for meeting central government interlocutors, has now openly rebelled against the separatist grouping. In a statement here   »

31 'crorepati' candidates in third phase of Bengal polls

The third phase of West Bengal assembly elections April 27, spread over the North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata districts, will witness 31 'crorepatis'   »

Third phase of Bengal polls has its share of criminal candidates

RTE Act violations: Dirty school toilets major complaint

Dirty, non-functional toilets form a major chunk of the complaints filed by parents in Delhi under violation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. According to a   »

RTE Act one year on: 8 million children still missing school


Picture of the Day

A free blood testing camp at “Bharat Nirman Lok Mahiti Abhiyan”, at Shahada, District Nandurbar, Maharashtra on April 22, 2011.



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes











Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.