Polling in West Bengal starts in three Assembly constituencies in West Bengal from 7 a.m for three Assembly constituencies.
The three Assembly constituencies of Bhawanipur, Shamsherganj, and Jangipur in West Bengal started from 7 am this morning. Following every COVID-19 regulation, the poll will be on till 6:30 pm. There are 287 booths in 98 polling stations at Bhawanipur. Of these, 269 are main booths. Section 144 has been imposed up to an area of 200 meters outside each booth. The total number of electors in this constituency is 2,06,456.
Of these, 95,209 are male and 95,209 are women electors. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting this by-election from the Bhawanipur constituency on the Trinamool Congress ticket.
Priyanka Tibrewal is representing BJP whereas CPM has fielded Srijib Biswas as their candidate. All the booths in Bhawanipur Constituency have been declared sensitive. Of these, 13 booths are being mentioned as the high alert zone.
The commission does not want to have any lapses in the cautionary practices and the number of central forces is being increased to tighten the security with just a few hours left before the election.
Keeping the recent situation in mind, the number of paramilitary forces has been increased to 20 more companies. Now, 35 company paramilitary troops are here to patrol in Bhawanipur only. For security reasons, there are three additional control rooms and 141 vehicles to escort EVMs.
The Sakhawat Memorial School has two strong rooms. Kolkata Police Headquarters, Lalbazar is strict about the security of the city. Additional forces have been deployed since Wednesday. Along with the central forces, the Kolkata police will cordon off the Bhabanipur Constituency today. 5 officers of Joint CP rank are guarding Bhawanipur along with 14 Deputy Commissioners and 14 Assistant Commissioners. Nine Striking Forces, 13 QRT Vans, 9 Flying Squads and RAF are ready.
There are female officers also in the RAF. River patrolling will continue. Police are picketing at 38 places. 100 traffic surgeons are being deployed from 5:30 am this morning. There are 7 Naka checking points in Bhawanipur Constituency only. There are bike police teams that are ready too for any emergency.
Of note, the majority of the wards of Bhawanipur were immersed in the rainfall on Wednesday. In this situation, the Election Commission has taken several safety measures for the disaster. Transparent polythene bags have been provided to keep the EVMs safe to ensure that the EVM machine does not get wet in water. Raincoats are being given to every election worker. Policemen also have been asked to carry umbrellas and raincoats to protect themselves from the rain. The Disaster Management Department and the Civil Defense Department have arranged two boats, that can be used when the water level rises above three feet.
On the whole, it is a very organized polling time.