Bhawanipur By-election: A meeting of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party regarding the candidate for the Bhawanipur by-election was held at the party’s state headquarters in Kolkata. In this meeting led by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, the names of candidates against Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee were discussed in the Bhawanipur by-election.
According to BJP sources, after a long discussion in the meeting, the names of six candidates were decided, out of which it has been sent to the central leadership to seal any one. These six names include former Governor of Meghalaya and Tripura and senior leader Tathagata Rai, actor Rudranil Ghosh, state BJP vice president Pratap Banerjee, senior leaders Anirban Ganguly, Dinesh Trivedi, lawyer Priyanka Tibdebal and BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar, who was killed in the post-poll violence. The brothers of Vishwajit Sarkar are involved.
BJP delegation met the Chief Electoral Officer
The BJP delegation met the Chief Electoral Officer regarding the assembly by-elections in the state. The delegation included state BJP vice president Pratap Banerjee, state party general secretary Jyotirmoy Singh Mahto, MP Sukant Majumdar and party leader Shishir Bajoria. Hours after the West Bengal government announced a cash grant for Durga Puja committees to organize the upcoming festival, the state BJP wrote a letter to the Election Commission complaining that the move would violate the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Bengal government to provide a grant of Rs 50,000 for sponsorship to each Durga Puja committee
Earlier on Tuesday, the Bengal government said it would provide a grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Puja committee for sponsorship. Extra expenditure due to COVID-19 pandemic In a letter to the Election Commission, the BJP said, “We draw your attention to the program organized by the Government of West Bengal at Netaji Andor Stadium, which was addressed by the elected Chief Minister Smt. Mamta Banerjee and Chief Secretary Durga Puja organizing clubs were invited to the event, in which cash donations and other facilities were announced by the state government for 36,000 clubs in the state, including 2,500 clubs in the KMC area.
“Very clearly this has been done with only one objective to influence these clubs which play a vital role in the electoral process and give undue advantage to the unelected Chief Minister Smt. Mamata Banerjee, who has already been declared, AITC candidate for the upcoming by-election,” read the letter signed by BJP state vice-president Pratap Banerjee and Lok Sabha MP Sukanta Majumdar.
By-elections to three assembly seats in the state will be held on September 30.
The party urged the Election Commission to “take appropriate steps, including barring the AITC candidate from participating in the upcoming by-election”. Last week, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that bypolls to three assembly seats in the state, including Kolkata’s Bhawanipore, would be held on September 30. Counting of votes will take place on October 3. By-elections will also be held in Jangipur and Samerganj assembly seats.
Banerjee had won from Bhawanipur in 2011 and 2016. However, in the 2021 assembly elections, he had decided to contest from Nandigram. Even though the TMC returned to power with a victory in 213 of the 292 seats that went to polls in eight phases in March and April, it lost to its protégé Suvendu Adhikari by a narrow margin of 1,956 votes.