LIVE Assembly polls: 72% voter turnout in WB, 70% in Assam till 3pm


Officials carry Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to polling booths before the 2nd phase of Assam assembly elections in Guwahati.. (PTI Photo)

More than 17 million voters in Assam and West Bengal will cast their ballot on Monday, in an election that will likely have a bearing on political realignment at a national level.

Sixty-one assembly constituencies go to polls in the second and final phase of the vote in Assam, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes it has an edge over rival Congress party that currently is ruling the state. There are 525 candidates in the fray.

In West Bengal, where the Trinamool Congress is trying to pip a tacit alliance between the Congress and the Left parties, polling will be held in 31 seats spread across the districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Burdwan districts to decide the fate of 163 candidates.

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