Kolkata: The second phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls witnessed an overall voter turnout of 39.23 per cent till 11 am on Sunday.
According to reports, the turnout by the voters in the state was 21.79 percent till 9 a.m. As many as 383 candidates including 33 women are in the fray for the 56 seats spread in seven districts.
About one crore 21 lakh people are enrolled for the second round of polling to vote for five constituencies in Alipurduar, seven in Jalpaiguri, six in Darjeeling, nine in Uttar Dinajpur, six in Dakshin Dinajpur, 12 in Malda and 11 in Birbhum districts.
More than 13 thousand 600 polling stations have been put up including 311 model booths.
Meanwhile, despite the heavy security deployed in the region, clashes broke out between different party workers here today in which at least three people were injured.
A violent scuffle broke out between Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Bharatiya Janata Party workers near a polling station in Birbhum.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all voters to turn out in large numbers.
The PM tweeted: “As Phase II of the West Bengal polls begins, I urge all those voting today to turnout in record numbers & vote.”
It may be noted that around 1.21 crore people are expected to cast their votes in five constituencies in Alipurduar, seven in Jalpaiguri, six in Darjeeling, nine in Uttar Dinajpur, six in Dakshin Dinajpur, 12 in Malda and 11 in Birbhum districts at more than 13,600 polling stations, including 311 model booths.
As many as 1,563 micro observers will keep watch during the poling along with the general and police observers.
The state CEO’s officer said international connecting borders along with north Bengal districts have been sealed and 800 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed.
The EC has reportedly reshuffled police officials in troubled-zones of north Bengal and Birbhum and put some district level leaders and political activists under surveillance to ensure peaceful and free voting.
(With Agency Inputs)