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EC issues show-cause notice to BJP's West Bengal chief Sukanta Majumdar over advertisements targeting TMC

The development has come on the day when the campaign for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections has ended. In the upcoming phase, 49 seats across 8 States, UTs are going for polls.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 18, 2024 20:20 IST
West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar
Image Source : FILE PHOTO West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The Election Commission (EC) has issued a show-cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) West Bengal chief Sukanta Majumdar over advertisements targeting the Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Meanwhile, campaigning for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections to seven parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal ended at 6 pm on Saturday, a poll official said.

Voting will be held in Bangaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag Lok Sabha seats on Monday from 7 am till 6 pm.

A total of 1.25 crore voters, including 63.51 lakh men, 61.72 lakh women and 348 persons of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 13,481 polling stations.

The poll body has identified over 57 per cent of the polling stations as sensitive and decided to deploy over 60,000 personnel of central forces, besides around 30,000 personnel of the state police, he said.

The number of security forces deployed for this phase is higher than any of the four earlier phases in the state. Also, the percentage of polling stations identified as sensitive is much higher than the corresponding figure of 23.5 per cent in the fourth phase, he said.

A total of 88 candidates are in the fray in the fifth phase, with the highest of 15 in Bangaon, where Union minister Shantanu Thakur is contesting against TMC's Biswajit Das for the second term.

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