New Delhi: Polling in 475 assembly constituencies spread across 4 states and UT— West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry is underway. In West Bengal, polls are being held in 31 Assembly seats spread across three districts, while Kerala is witnessing a triangular fight on 20 seats. Assam’s third and final phase polling in 40 of the 126-member Assam Assembly is said to be a litmus test for both the ruling BJP-led alliance and the opposition Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ (grand alliance). Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, is seeing the most intense battle in its electoral history and the first polls in the absence of stalwarts, AIADMK’s J Jayalalithaa and DMK’s M Karunanidhi. With women (3,19,39,112) outnumbering men (3,09,23,651), the 6.28 crore voters, which includes 7,192 third gender people, would decide the fortunes of 3,998 candidates. As many as 13 candidates, including BJP’s Pon Radhakrishnan and Vijay Vasanth of Congress are in the fray for the bypoll to the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat. On the other hand, in Puducherry, 10 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the fight for the 30-member Assembly. Stay here for LIVE updates: Also Read - Mamata's Advice Instigated People to Attack CISF: Amit Shah on Cooch Behar Violence
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