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Round II: the candidates and constituencies of today’s election

Six seats will vote today in the second round of Lok Sabha elections in Bengal. A lowdown on the constituencies

Raiganj, North Dinajpur

Big question: Will there be an AIIMS-like hospital?

Hurdle: The government is disinclined to give land for it

Twist in poll tale: Mamata has fielded Priya Ranjan Das Munshi’s brother Pabitra Ranjan

Names to know:

Deepa Das Munshi (Congress)
Md Salim (CPM)
Pabitra Ranjan Das Munshi (Trinamul)
Sudip Ranjan Sen (Samajwadi Party)
Pasharul Alam (AAP)
lNimu Bhowmik (BJP)

Richest in the field: Sudip Ranjan Sen, with total property worth around Rs 64 crore

Debutants: Nimu Bhowmik, who is also the oldest at 79, Pasharul and Pabitra Ranjan

Remotest poll booth: In Bhairosthan under Goalpokhor Assembly segment. It is around 150km from Raiganj town and close to the India-Bangladesh borderBalurghat,

South Dinajpur

Big question: Will the RSP hold on to its bastion?

Prime mover: RSP or Trinamul, depending on which side you take

Twist in poll tale: Trinamul has fielded theatre personality Arpita Ghosh, whom some view as an “outsider”. She has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate to share information on Saradha, with which no candidate would like to be associated

Names to know:

Arpita Ghosh (Trinamul)
Bimalendu Sarkar (RSP)
Omprokash Mishra (Congress)
Biswapriya Roy Choudhury (BJP)

Richest in the field: Mishra, with property worth around Rs 1.26 crore

Debutants: All four candidates are new to the seat and Lok Sabha polls

Malda North, Malda

Big question: Will A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury’s fief stay with the Congress?

Prime mover: Trinamul, which has made strong strides in one of the few remaining Congress bastions

Twist in poll tale: Trinamul has fielded another entertainer — singer Soumitra Ray of the band Bhoomi. It’s a battle between a debutant and an old political dynasty

Names to know:

Mausam Noor (Congress)
Khagen Murmu (CPM)
Soumitra Ray (Trinamul)
Subhash Krishna Goswami (BJP)
Chitta Ranjan Kirtania (BSP)
Gautam Sarkar (SUCI)

Richest in the field:

Chitta Ranjan Kirtania, with total property of Rs 1.76 crore

Malda South, Malda

Big question: Will Ghani Khan’s brother Abu Hasem keep his seat and Kotwali’s pride?

Prime mover: Trinamul, which has former Congress leaders Krishnendu Choudhury and Sabitri Mitra in its fold

Twist in poll tale: The seat has seen poll violence of late. Sabitri’s son-in-law was arrested in a case

Names to know:

Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Congress)
Abul Hasnat Khan (CPM)
Md Moazzem Hossain (Trinamul)
Bisnu Pada Roy (BJP)

Richest in the field:

Sadhan Chatterjee, an Independent, with a property value of Rs 1.49 crore

Degrees galore: Moazzem Hossain is a doctor, Abu Hasem is a PhD from Canada

Debutant: Moazzem Hossain

Murshidabad

Big question: Will Didi surge in Adhir’s bastion?

Prime mover: Congress

Twist in poll tale: Trinamul has fielded local Mohammad Ali against Abdul Mannan, the MP. But CPM could gain from a split in anti-Left votes

Names to know:

Abdul Mannan Hossain (Congress)
Badaruddoza Khan (CPM)
Mohammad Ali (Trinamul)
Sujit Kumar Ghosh (BJP)
Nazmul Haque (AIUDF)

Richest in the field: Mohammad Ali, with total assets worth Rs 1.67 crore

The age factor: Three of the candidates are below 40 years

Remotest poll booth: Char Jajir booth is an island is on the Bangladesh side of the Padma. One has to travel by boat and walk 4km

Jangipur, Murshidabad

Big question: Will Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit keep the seat after a wafer-thin bypoll victory?

Prime mover: Congress

Twist in poll tale:

A split in the anti-Left votes could work in Muzaffar Hossain’s Favour

Names to know:

Abhijit Mukherjee (Congress)
Muzaffar Hossain (CPM)
Nurul Islam (Trinamul)
Samrat Ghosh (BJP)
Monirul Islam (WPI)

Richest in the field:

Abhijit Mukherjee’s total assets are Rs 6.30 crore, liabilities: Rs 1.51 crore

Young bee: BJP candidate Samrat Ghosh is 29

Remotest poll booth: Char Pirojpur. To reach it, one has to cross the Padma by boat and walk 4km