Kolkata: The polling for the first phase of Assembly elections began on Monday, amid tight security, in West Bengal for 54 constituencies.

The constituencies fall in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda districts.

Security has been beefed up in these districts. Police vigil has been increased in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar as it shares international border with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

The polling for the 294 West Bengal assembly seats will be held in six phases. The next stage will take place on April 23 (for 50 constituencies), April 27 (75), May 3 (63), May 7 (38) and May 10 (14).

The votes will be counted May 13.