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09.04.2019
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The campaign for the first phase of the elections in ended on Tuesday in two parliamentary constituencies which go to the hustings on April 11.

With big rallies, road shows, street corner meetings and last minute door-to-door contact with voters, canvassing reached a peak over the past couple of days, before coming to an end at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

A total of 34,54,274 voters of Cooch Behar (SC) and Alipurduar (ST) will decide the fate of 18 candidates in the first phase.

As per the electoral roll, there are 17,73,196 men, 16,81,051 women and 29 registered in the 'other' category.

Of a total of 3,844 polling stations, Cooch Behar has 2,010 and Alipurduar 1,834.

campaigners for the first phase were and for the BJP. Chief Minister held meetings tagging celebrity candidate along.

The fight is between Trinamool candidate Paresh Chandra Adhikary, Bharatiya Janata Party's Nishith Pramanik, Piya of Indian National and Gobinda of in Cooch Behar.

There are four candidates from other registered parties and three are independent nominees.

In Alipurduar, sitting is again contesting as a Trinamool candidate, RSP has nominated Mili Orao, and is the BJP nominee. The has fielded Mohanlal Basumata.

There is one candidate from another registered party, and two independents.

According to an analysis done by the Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, of 18 candidates analysed, six have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for the two Trinamool candidates is Rs 2.54 crore, while the same figure for the two BJP candidates is Rs 55.24 lakh. The two Congress candidates have average assets of 45 lakh.

Earlier, told reporters that seven companies of the (BSF) of the ten companies that reached the state on March 15 have been moved to Cooch Behar and Alipurduar.

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