Trinamool Congress (AITC) chief Mamata Banerjee is leading by more than 30,000 votes against her nearest BJP rival Priyanka Tibrewal in Bhabanipur. CPM has fielded Srijib Biswas from here while the Indian National Congress (INC) decided not to enter the fray.
The election was necessitated after state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who won the assembly election from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata in May, resigned from the seat to pave the way for Mamata Banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year. She will have to get elected to the assembly to retain the CM’s chair. Besides Bhabanipur, counting is also underway in Jangipur and Samserganj.
The Election Commission said that it has made arrangements for three-tier security at the counting centre set up at Sakhawat Memorial Girls High School in Bhabanipur, where 24 companies of central forces have been deployed. Eight CCTV cameras have been installed at the EVM strong room and the final results will be declared after 21 rounds of counting.
As Bhabanipur voted on 30 September, the Kolkata seat registered 57% voter turnout amid tension between the AITC and BJP camps. Meanwhile, bypolls were held in Murshidabad’s Samserganj and Jangipur seats as well that recorded a high voter turnout of over 77% each.
Bhabanipur Bypoll Result: After round 17 of counting of votes, Mamata Banerjee is leading by 45,738 votes.
Mamata Banerjee (TMC): 67,620 votes
Priyanka Tibrewal (BJP): 21,882 votes