Kolkata: The results of the Bhabanipur by-poll shall be declared on Sunday and all eyes shall be set on the decision right here as this may determine the destiny of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, who’s within the fray from this seat.
Banerjee, who misplaced the election in Nandigram to protégé-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP), has to win this by-poll to retain her publish.
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The Bhabanipur by-poll has develop into a status battle for Banerjee, who’s presently not an MLA and has to develop into a member of the state legislature by November 5.
BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal is within the contest in opposition to Banerjee from this seat the place the voting on September 30 witnessed a modest turnout of 53.32 p.c.
The BJP had earlier lodged a grievance in opposition to TMC ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee for allegedly “influencing” the voters in Bhabanipur.
Alleging the ruling social gathering in West Bengal had forcibly stopped voting at a polling sales space in ward quantity 72, Tibrewal earlier stated: “There are folks from outdoors casting their votes in Bhabanipur. Considered one of them was caught by us at Khalsa Ladies’ Excessive Faculty. However a TMC chief took that individual away from the spot whereas police remained mute spectators.”
She added the TMC is “indulging in scientific rigging to win the election”.
A minor scuffle had damaged out between the TMC and BJP supporters outdoors a polling sales space in Bhabanipur constituency over claims of faux voters.
The safety forces on obligation, nonetheless, introduced the state of affairs underneath management.
The by-poll was held in Bhabanipur together with the elections to 2 seats Samserganj and Jangipur in Murshidabad district the place polling couldn’t be held in the course of the eight-phase meeting polls earlier this yr.