8-phase polls in Bengal raises many questions: Mamata Banerjee

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister

Mamata Banerjee

on Friday questioned the

Election Commission

's rationale to coduct assembly elections in the state in 8 phases.
Who will benefit from the 8-phase poll? Mamata questioned soon after the EC announced poll schedule for 4 states and the Union territory of Puducherry.
The West Bengal chief minister alleged that the EC was conducting staggered polling in the state as per the

BJP

's demand.
"I respect the EC's decision, but why break-up the districts. South 24 Parganas is our stronghold, voting there will be held in 3 different phases. Has this been done as per Modi and Shah's convenience," Mamata Banerjee said.
"I request the Election Commission to consider West Bengal as their own state, not through the eyes of BJP," she said.
"The Union home minister should work for the country. He cannot misuse his powers for elections here. We welcome the PM but he cannot misuse his powers for West Bengal polls," she said.
"The Centre can't misuse their powers for a State election. If they do it, then, it will be a big blunder. They will have to face the music. We are common people, we will fight our battle. I request the EC to stop misuse of money. BJP has sent money to all districts through agencies," Mamata alleged.
Voting in the state will begin on March 27, with polling for 30 seats.
The second phase of West Bengal's assembly elections will be held on April 1 and will cover 30 constituencies.
The third phase will be on April 6 for 31 seats and the fourth on April 10 for 44 constituencies.
The fifth round of voting will be held on April 17 for 45 seats and the sixth for 43 seats on April 22.
The seventh and the eighth phases of voting will be held on April 26 for 36 seats and on April 29 for 35 seats respectively.
The Election Commission has also announced to appoint two special observers for West Bengal and a third can also be sent if required.
(With inputs from agencies)

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