Left surges towards victory in W Bengal
Exit polls have forecast a Left Front victory for a seventh consecutive term.india Updated: May 11, 2006 16:28 IST
West Bengal's ruling Left Front surged towards victory as the counting of votes polled in the five-phase Assembly elections began on Thursday.
The Trinamool Congress - Bharatiya Janata Party alliance posed the main challenge to the Left Front, led by the Communist Party of India - Marxist, followed by the Congress.
Exit polls have forecast a Left Front victory for a seventh consecutive term.
The overall turnout in the polls was a whopping 81 per cent, up by seven per cent from 2001. The total electorate in the state is 48.9 million.