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STATE ELECTIONS 2006

Bengal Round 1 today: 45 seats where LF’s mum on development

Monday 17 April 2006, by NAGCHOUDHURY*Subrata

JHARGRAM, APRIL 16 : West Bengal will vote tomorrow for 45 of the 294 seats in the first phase of polling which will cover three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. But these are also seats where the ruling Left Front doesn’t talk about development. Farmers have been forced to migrate to other parts of the state in search of jobs and their names have now been struck off the electoral rolls.

An unprecedented security blanket has been thrown over the entire area where a Maoist group, active in some pockets, has called for a poll boycott. Nearly 60,000 paramilitary forces have been deployed in addition to the state’s own police personnel. With the EC keeping a hawk eye, the focus is now on the voter turnout. This is a region where constituencies record 80-85% polling which the Opposition alleges is manipulated by the Left Front.

See online : The Indian Express

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