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Polling for 5th phase of Bengal elections begins, fate of 342 candidates to be sealed

Polling for 5th phase of Bengal elections begins, fate of 342 candidates to be sealed
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Kolkata: The polling for the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections began at 7 am on Saturday across 45 assembly segments amid tight security.

Long queues were seen outside polling booths where voting is underway adhering to COVID-19 protocols, official sources said.

Over one crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the political fate of 342 candidates.

Security measures have been heightened for the fifth phase in view of the violence in the previous phase, which witnessed the death of five people in Cooch Behar district, including four in CISF firing.

The Election Commission has decided to deploy at least 853 companies of central forces to ensure free and fair voting, an official said.

The polling will continue till 6:30 pm.

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