Siliguri: Polling in the first phase of Assembly elections covering 54 constituencies in West Bengal on Monday witnessed huge enthusiasm among voters.

Despite rain and bad weather in several areas, a high turnout of 74.27 per cent was reported in the state.  No major untoward incident was reported and the polling process remained peaceful by and large. 
 
The voting process started at 7 AM in the state. One could witness long queues outside the polling booth in the poll-bound state and sense great enthusiasm among youngsters.
 
South Dinajpur district recorded the highest polling percentage of 78.17, followed by Cooch Behar (77.10), Malda (75.10), Jalpaiguri (72.57), North Dinajpur (72.43) and Darjeeling (71), Nagarkata (80), Madrihaat (82).

In the first phase, fate of 11 ministers among whom are Ashok Bhattacharya, Kshiti Goswami, Biswanath Chowdhury, Sri Nanda, and Srikumar Mukherjee will be decided.

Assam repoll, 75 per cent turnout

An estimated 75 per cent of voting was registered during re-polling in six centres of three Assam Assembly constituencies on Monday.

Election officials said voting was held in a peaceful manner.

The Election Commission had ordered re-polling in these centres in Rangiya, Bhawanipur and Udalguri following disturbances during the second phase of the hustings on April 11.

(JPN/Bureau)