Countdown has begun for the crucial West Bengal assembly election results with hardly two days to go for counting of votes and exit poll projections of a change in governance grabbing all attention.
Once the EVMs are opened at 8 am on Friday at different counting centres and counting gets underway the debate over likelihood of 'Parivartan'(change) by Trinamool Congress-Congress combine or 'Pratyavartan'(return) of the Left Front to rule the state for record-breaking eighth consecutive term will be resolved.
While Left Front chairman Biman Bose has asserted the Front would return to power, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has refused to comment on the exit poll projection.
Banerjee, who has already called for 'Badla noi, Badal chai' (we want change and not revenge) in the event of her party wresting power, has said there would be no victory procession as it might create tension.
All results are expected by 2 pm, the state election commission department sources said adding security measures have been tightened in all vulnerable areas of the city and districts to avert any post-poll disturbance.
For the first time the state witnessed a peaceful election with no major untoward incident reported during the six-phase polling which ended yesterday after stretching over three weeks.
"This was possible due to the handling of the entire poll process and arrangements by the Election ommission," almost all contesting parties said.
Unlike previous elections, repoll were held only in a new booths and complaints as such were a very few, EC sources aid.
The Election Commission has thanked all contesting parties for extending cooperation to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the state.
Meanwhile, Writers' Buildings (the state secretariat) is being spruced up with the rooms of ministers being given new look and the VIP lifts checked.