West Bengal and Assam witnesses their first phase of assembly elections today. Voting is presently underway for 30 Assembly seats in West Bengal and 47 in Assam. In Bengal, the first phase covers all Purulia and Jhargram constituencies, and some in Bankura, and Purba and Paschim Medinipur .The polling in the two eastern states- West Bengal and Assam comes after massive campaigning by the political parties. The polling began at 7 am and will end at 6:30 pm in both the poll-bound states amid COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urged people to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise as voting began in Assam and West Bengal.