After the voting for 44 seats in West Bengal in the fourth phase of assembly elections started on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, urging people to vote in “record numbers.” He wrote, “As the 4th phase of the West Bengal elections begin, urging the people voting today to do so in record numbers. I would especially request the youth and women to vote in large numbers.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter on Saturday morning, asking voters to “exercise their democratic right.” 

She wrote, “I urge my brothers and sisters in Bengal to come out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right today.”

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A total of 44 assembly constituencies went to polls in the fourth phase of West Bengal elections on Saturday as 11,581,022 voters will decide the fate of 373 candidates. 

Polling is underway for nine assembly constituencies in Howrah, 11 in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Coochbehar, and ten in Hooghly.

Saturday’s polling will decide the electoral fates of Union Minister Babul Supriyo and West Bengal ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas. Two BJP MPs are also in the fray on Saturday.

The Election Commission of India has deployed at least 789 companies of the central armed police force (CAPF) in 15,940 polling stations spread over the 44 constituencies.