Kolkata, May 10: West Bengal’s ruling Left Front chairman Biman Bose and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday expressed happiness over the way the Election Commission (EC) conducted the sixth and final phase of assembly polls in the state’s Maoist heartland.
‘I had appealed to the people to come out and vote without fear. I am happy that the people of Junglemahal have voted,’ said Banerjee.
On Tuesday, polling was held in 14 constituencies of three districts – West Midnapore (7), Purulia (4) and Bankura (3) – considered the hotbed of Maoist activities.
‘The polls were peaceful. We are satisfied with the polling. The Left Front will form the next government of the state,’ Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said.
Voters, many of them tribals living in the jungle areas, lined up in long queues in front of booths from 7 a.m. when polling started and by 3 p.m., the scheduled time for the polls to get over, 83.48 percent of votes were cast, according to officials.