Polling for by-elections starts in five states amid tight security
New Delhi: Polling for the by-elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Puducherry began on Saturday amid tight security.
According to the officials, in West Bengal, an electorate of nearly 3,524,977, including 1,689,735 females and 38 from the third gender would choose their representatives from among 23 candidates in Cooch Behar and Tamluk parliamentary constituencies and Monteshwar assembly seat.
As per the reports from the Election Commission of India, nine assembly segments would be contested across the six states of West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Tripura on Saturday and apart from it, four parliamentary seats would also go for polling on the same day. One assembly constituency would be contested in the union territory of Puducherry.
It is being suspected that demonetisation decision of the Centre would have a remarkable impact on the polls.
It may be mentioned that the idea of using indelible ink on the fingers of those who come to exchange money had also created problems for these states and the Election Commission of India on Friday had written to the Finance Ministry and expressed its objection to the use of ink on people who exchange money in banks in election-bound areas.
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