Kolkata: In order to retain its hold in West Bengal, Left Front has included as many as 150 new faces in the list of candidates for the state Assembly polls. In the last polls, the front has given chance to 134 new faces and had won two third majority seats.

Repeating the same formula, the Left front has listed more fresh faces in comparison to the last polls, and has also tried to give adequate representation to women and minorities by giving them more seats. The list includes 46 women candidates, 14 more than that of 2006, and 56 Muslims.
 
The Front has tried to compensate the loss of seats to alliance partners and to a great extent has been successful, despite the delimitation of the constituencies. The CPI(M) has fielded 210 candidates, Forward Block has got 34 seats, RSP 24, and CPI has got 14 more seats. The Samajwadi Party has had five seats, besides other smaller partners in the alliance and outside have got seven seats from the quota of the Left Front.

Of the 292 candidates announced, the CPI-M will field 210, Forward Bloc 34, RSP 23, CPI 12, WBSP 5, RCPI, MFB and DSP 2 each and RJD and Biplobi Bangla Congress one. The state has 294-member Assembly.

Releasing the list in a press conference here on Sunday, Left front chairman Biman Bose said the Front has given equal representation to experienced and youth faces.

The state will witness elections in the six-phases from April 18, 23, 27, May 3, 7 and 10. Counting will take place on May 13.


(JPN/Bureau)