The intensely contested battle in is set to witness some big fights that would determine the fortune of several star candidates, including two Union Ministers, in the fourth phase on Monday, when eight seats are up for grabs on Monday.

The poll caravan would complete its lap of district, and roll into Nadia - the birthplace of Vaishnava saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - before traversing what is considered the rice bowl of - Burdwan East and Burdwan West districts.

An electorate of 1,34,28,693, spread across 15,277 polling stations, will decide the fate of 68 candidates in Jangipur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, and constituencies.

The elections are taking place six days after the third phase polls, when a activist died during a political clash at Bhagwangola of district.

In the wake of the first polling related death in the state this time, the has decided to deploy 552 companies of central paramilitary force personnel, covering 97 per cent of polling stations for the fourth phase.

In the last general election, the Trinamool romped to victory in half a dozen seats - Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, and  had triumphed in Baharampur, while the seat went to the BJP.

Leading the pack of star constituencies is Asansol, where and sitting BJP - a singer-turned-politician - is facing a challenge from Trinamool's Moon Moon Sen, yesteryear's and daughter of Bengali screen legend 

Sen, who pulled off a big upset by prevailing over CPI-M veteran Basudeb Acharia in Bankura five years back, has been shifted to Asanol by and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee to give a tough time to Supriyo. The CPI-M and have also put up candidates.

Supriyo is, however, confident of retaining his seat.

"I have done lot of work in  As a in (Narendra) Modi ji's cabinet, I could really build the bridge between and  I am confident about my victory here but not complacent. That's why I am campaigning every day," he said.

Sen, on the other hand, promises to champion environmental issues in highly-polluted Asansol.

"If I become an again, I would like to work on improving the environment and providing better medical care," she said.

Neighbouring Asansol is another high profile seat - - from where the BJP has fielded and Darjeeling against Trinamool 

In all his meetings, Ahluwalia is promising to restore the area's golden past.

"Under the Left regime and current Trinamool rule, the resources of the area have been destroyed. We will introduce all the central schemes started by Modi for development of rural and urban Burdwan and industrial area of Durgapur," Ahluwalia said.

In Baharampur, former and former state Congress is bidding for his fifth straight win over candidates of the BJP and the Trinamool. The has also nominated Eid Mohammed, but he is not being backed by the Left Front, which is supporting Chowdhury.

Chowdhury, affectionately called "Robinhood of Murshidabad" by his supporters for standing by the needy, said the people would for the Congress for the consistent development projects that he has initiated in the area.

In Krishnanagar, of the Trinamool is up against former 

Another yesteryear's is seeking re-election from Birbhum constituency on a Trinamool ticket.

Out of the 15,277 polling stations, 1,844 are in Bahrampur, 1,812 in Krishnanagar, 1,971 in Ranaghat, 2,006 in Burdwan-Durgapur, 1,919 in Burdwan East, 1,860 in Asansol, 1,957 in and 1,908 in Birbhum.

According to an analysis done by the Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, 22 candidates have assets worth over Rs 1 crore, with 14 declaring criminal cases against them.

The subsequent phases of polling will be held on May 6, 12 and 19. Polling for the Cooch Behar and Alipurduar constituencies took place in the first phase on April 11, while Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj voted on April 18. In the third phase, on April 23, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and went to the hustings.

The count is on May 23.

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