Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the eligible voters in the poll-bound West Bengal to exercise their franchise as the sixth phase of assembly polls got underway in the state.
Polling began at 7 am on Thursday for 43 seats, including 17 in North 24 Parganas district and nine in Nadia - most of which have a significant presence of the Matuas, who can decisively sway the results in any party's favour.
Besides, elections are also being held on the nine seats of Uttar Dinajpur district and eight of Purba Bardhaman.
Modi tweeted, "The people of West Bengal are voting to elect a new assembly. On the sixth phase today, urging those whose seats are polling to exercise their franchise." Over 1.03 crore voters will decide the political fate of 306 candidates in this phase.
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are being held in eight phases, starting on March 27. Votes will be counted on May 2 with the last phase scheduled to be held on April 29.