Kolkata: Voting has begun in West Bengal for second phase of Assembly elections in which 93.33 lakh electorates will decide the fate of 293 candidates.

Security has been beefed up for peaceful polling in 22 constituencies in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia and 11 in Birbhum, having a total of 11,531 polling stations.

Some of the prominent candidates whose fate will be decided are Abhijit Mukhkerjee, son of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee from Nalhati seat, Panchayat minister and CPI(M) leader Anisur Rahaman, former High Court Judge Nure Alam Chowdhury, a Trinamool Congress candidate contesting from Murarai and Rukbanur Rahman, brother of late computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman from the Chapra constituency.

BJP has fielded candidates on all seats, followed by CPI (M) in 31, Trinamool Congress in 29, BSP in 27 and Congress in 21 seats.
Around 480 companies of central para-military forces have been deployed in the three districts, police said.

The six-phase election is scheduled to end on May 10.