New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Saturday announced that it will conduct a by-poll in West Bengal's Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency on September 30. It is being reported that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will contest the by-poll from the constituency in order to remain as the CM of the state after she lost the Assembly Election from Nandigram earlier this year to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. 

The Election Commission further announced that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli of Odisha on September 30. The counting of the votes will be held on October 3, the EC said. This will allow Mamata Banerjee a chance to become a member of the state legislative assembly. Mamata Banerjee must win the elections in order to remain on the post of the chief minister of the state.

"While the commission has decided not to hold bye-elections in other 31 Assembly Constituencies and three Parliamentary constituencies (across India), considering the constitutional exigency and special request from the state of West Bengal, it has decided to hold bye-election in 159-Bhabanipur AC. Much stricter norms have been kept by the Commission as an abundant caution to safeguard from COVID-19," the top poll body said.

Banerjee had moved out of her traditional Bhabanipur seat to fight in Nandigram during the Assembly polls earlier this year but lost to his former close aide Suvendhu Adhikari who contested on a BJP ticket. Adhikari is now the Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly. 

The Election Commission said in a statement that it has decided to hold a by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency of West Bengal. Bypolls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangirpur of West Bengal and Pipli in Odisha on September 30. Counting will be held on October 3.

According to an Election Commission press note, the West Bengal chief secretary has informed that in view of administrative exigencies and public interest and to avoid a vacuum in the state, bye-elections for Bhabanipur, from where CM Mamata Banerjee intends to contest elections, may be conducted.


(With Agency Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan