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    85 pc turnout in fourth phase of Bengal polls

    Kolkata: An estimated 85 per cent polling was recorded in 63 constituencies in Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and parts of Burdwan districts where the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls was held on Tuesday.

    An electorate of 1.26 crore decided the fate of 366 candidates, including several ministers, in 15,711 polling stations. The constituencies that went to the polls during this phase included Nandigram and Singur which changed the political scene in the state in the last few years.

    Besides CPM heavyweight and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen, other CPM ministers in the fray included Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roychowdhury, Food Processing Minister Mohanta Chatterjee, Minister of state for
    Information and Culture Soumendranath Bera and Technical Education Minister Chakradhar Maikap.

    Agriculture Minister Naren Dey belonging to Forward Bloc and Fire Services Minister Pratim Chatterjee belonging to Marxist Forward Bloc are also contesting. Trinamool Congress has fielded former IPS officers Rachpal Singh, H A Sawfi and Sultan Singh in this phase.

    The six-phase election will end on May 10.