On Sunday, Trinamool Congress announced that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be its candidate for the by-election in Bhabanipur.
TMC is running its campaign in south Kolkata since the Election Commission announced the by-poll on Saturday. EC took this decision following a request from the state government to avoid a constitutional crisis.
However, other parties, for instance, the BJP, Congress, and CPI(M)-led Left Front haven’t announced their candidates yet.
EC has scheduled the poll for September 30. And it will be held along poll over two seats in the Murshidabad district — Samserganj and Jangipur. These two places were unable to conduct a poll earlier during the eight-phase elections in Bengal.
EC will conduct the vote count on October 3.
TMC candidates in the Jangipur seat and Samserganj are Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam respectively.
Earlier before Banerjee Veteran politician Sovandeb Chattopadhyay was the candidate for Bhabanipur. These elections will make Mamata a member of the state legislative assembly.
Chattopadhyay had defeated BJP’s actor-politician Rudranil Ghosh by around 28,000 votes from Bhabanipur.
As per records, Banerjee had won from Bhabanipur twice since 2011. And this time she fought in Nandigram during the assembly polls. However, Suvendu Adhikari won that seat.
According to an Election Commission statement, the West Bengal chief secretary asked to conduct the elections. The election is to be conducted in view of administrative demands and public interest.
In order to retain her position as the CM, Banerjee has to win this by-poll. She has to become a member of the state legislature by November 5.
The EC will issue the notification for the Bhabanipur by-poll on September 6.
As per reports, September 13 will be the last date for filing nominations. And September 16 will be the last date to back off from the electoral battle.