Electoral Battle of Jangalmahal
Elections to the Phase I of West Bengal concluded on 4th April. Polling happened on 18 seats of Jangalmahal spread across 3 districts of Paschim Medinipur (6 seats), Bankura (3 seats) and Purulia (9 seats). Jangalmahal, once the den of Naxalites, witnessed peaceful polling apart from a few stray incidents.
Out of these 18 seats, 10 seats belong to General category and 8 reserved for SC / ST candidates. SC account for 24% and SC 6% of state population. Muslims do not have a major role to play in these seats as their population ranges from 8%-10% in these seats vs 27% state wise.
Since Purulia shares border with Jharkhand, splinter parties of Jharkhand movement JMM, AJSU, JP etc. have a decent presence in at least 6 of these…
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