TAC says that by-polls were a necessity as per constitutional norms but BJP was trying to derail the process.
File photo: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
The dates for the by-elections in West Bengal (West Bengal By Polls) have been announced. The Election Commission (EC) has announced by-election to Bhawanipur Assembly seat on 30 September. TAC has welcomed this decision, while the BJP says that we do not know whether it is a practical decision to hold by-elections on one seat and elections on two seats. Since the epidemic situation is still serious and there is a danger of a third wave.
Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee is preparing to enter the fray from Bhawanipur assembly seat. Apart from this, elections on two other seats Samserganj and Jangirpur will also be held on 30 September. Citing the COVID-19 situation in the EC, the Election Commission has decided not to hold by-elections to four other assembly seats in the state.
Welcome to the decision of the Election Commission
In the assembly elections, Nandigram seat was defeated by BJP’s Shubhendu Adhikari. After which it is necessary for him to win the election within 6 months to remain in the chair of the post of CM. After which there was speculation with the announcement of the by-election that the EC might not order the by-election due to the situation in Corona. Senior TMC leader and state minister Farhad Hakim said, “The bypolls were a necessity as per the constitutional norms but BJP was trying to derail the process for narrow partisan interests. We appreciate the decision of the Election Commission. We will follow all covid guidelines.
Don’t know whether by-election is practical or not: Shubhendu Adhikari
At the same time, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Shubhendu Adhikari said, “We had always ensured that when the situation in Corona improves, by-elections and elections should be held simultaneously in all seats.” We do not know whether it is a practical decision to hold by-elections on one seat and elections on two seats. Since the epidemic situation is still serious and there is a danger of a third wave,” he said, “But we accept the decision of the Election Commission.”
Allegations of EC being controlled by BJP were false
The BJP leader said that the verdict proved that the allegations of Trinamool Congress that the EC is being controlled by the BJP are false. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh wondered why elections to urban bodies were getting delayed while bypolls to the state assembly where TMC enjoys an absolute majority are being held.
TMC MLA from Bhawanipur had resigned
Banerjee has won the Bhawanipur seat twice in the past but in the last assembly elections she decided to challenge the officer by contesting from Nandigram. However, he had to face defeat. After this, Shobhandev Chattopadhyay, TMC MLA from Bhawanipur, resigned as MLA from this seat, leaving the seat vacant, clearing the way for Banerjee to contest from this seat.
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