West Bengal: The political battle in West Bengal has reached its final stage as polling for sixth phase gets underway on Tuesday. The 14 constituencies going to polls in the last phase of assembly election fall in the Maoist-infested parts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

Though the Naxals have been dominating the terrain in the region, when it comes to political foothold, the region has traditionally been a stronghold of the Left Front.

In the last election, among the 14 constituencies, Left had won in 13 constituencies. However, things are not that easy for the ruling front this time.

The Left Front leaders have accused Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee of having a secret pact with the Maoists. The Left Front had reclaimed some lost ground after the joint operation by the security forces and the state police against the Maoists in Junglemahal.

However, post Netai killings, things have turned difficult for Left Party in the region.

The Left parties could not even campaign with the same vigour as it had done in the past. However, it is trying to put up a brave front in its bid to retain power in the state.

JPN/Bureau