Ready For By-Polls Before Durga Puja In October, Bengal Tells Election Body

The by-polls are due in seven Assembly constituencies of Bengal (Representational)


The pending by-elections in seven Assembly constituencies of West Bengal could possibly be held earlier than Durga Puja in October and the state administration is totally ready to conduct it, officers of the state Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) workplace knowledgeable the ballot physique throughout a digital assembly on Wednesday, sources stated.

The seven seats are mendacity vacant both as a result of deaths of candidates in the course of the eight-phase Assembly election held earlier this 12 months or the resignation of MLAs.

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) is eager on the by-polls as occasion chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who misplaced the election from Nandigram, have to be elected inside November to have the ability to retain her put up because the chief minister. For this, by-polls have to be carried out by November 5.

“The festive season will continue from October 10 to October 24 and it is impossible to conduct the election at that time. So, the state has asked the Election Commission (EC) to conduct polls before the festive season begins.

“We have multiple month. If the Commission makes the notification (for holding the election within the seven seats) now, it’s attainable to conduct the polls earlier than Durga Puja,” a senior state government official said.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with Bengal Chief Secretary HK Diwedi. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of the West Bengal Assembly polls, and senior officials of the CEO’s office attended the meeting.

The meeting was held to understand the situation and the preparedness of the state to hold the by-election to the seven Assembly constituencies.

The EC officials enquired about the Covid-19 and the flood situation in West Bengal, the official said.

“The EC has been given the dates of Durga puja and the opposite festivities in October. They have been instructed that holding elections earlier than the festivities would be the finest thought,” the source said.

The first-level checking of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) for holding the by-election to the state Legislative Assembly is complete.

Meanwhile, TMC state secretary Kunal Ghosh said, “The by-elections needs to be held instantly. The BJP isn’t keen to carry the polls. But they need to do not forget that such adverse politics will not yield any end result as individuals have already voted for the TMC within the Assembly election.”

BJP state spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya stated the Bengal authorities has not withdrawn the restrictions imposed as a result of prevailing Covid scenario however is worried about holding polls.

The by-polls are due within the constituencies of Bhabanipur, Khardah, Gosaba, Shantipur, Jangipur, Samserganj and Dinhata.

Mamata Banerjee is anticipated to file her nomination from Bhabanipur in Kolkata, which was vacated by successful TMC candidate Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, days after the outcomes have been declared.


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