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The city in pictures: Kolkata goes to polls in fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 April 2016, 18:28 IST

West Bengal recorded a whopping voter turnout - 72.19% - till 3PM on 30 April. In its fifth phase of elections, the high turnout is an indication of the excitement among voters about the polls. 31 seats in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly, apart from four in South Kolkata, went to polls today.

This was the most important phase of the West Bengal elections, given that today's voting would decide the fate of most heavyweight candidates including that of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting from Bhawanipur. Congress' Deepa Dasmunshi and BJP's Chandra Bose are pitted against her.

Popular Tollywood actress Debashri Roy is TMC's star candidate from Raidighi. This will be her second consecutive electoral battle against former CPI(M) minister Kanti Ganguly, whom she defeated from the same seat in 2011.

Here's what the city looked like as people went to cast their vote:

ISKCON devotees wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in Kolkata (PTI)
Voting going on at a polling station in South 24 Pargana under tight security after reported violence between TMC and RSP workers (PTI)
Saurav Ganguly casting his vote at a polling station (PTI)
Women wait in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Hooghly (PTI)
Former West Bengal Chief Minister and CPI(M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee comes out after casting his votes at a polling station during fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly election in Kolkata (PTI)
A Central Force jawan helps an elderly woman voter at a polling station during fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly election (PTI)
Voters shows their voter cards to cast their votes during fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly election (PTI)
TMC MP and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhisekh Banerjee shows his ink marked finger after casting vote at a polling station in south Kolkata (PTI)
Central Force jawans check a car near a Polling Station in South 24 Pargana (PTI)
First published: 30 April 2016, 18:28 IST
 
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