Preparations for by-elections in West Bengal: Chief Election Officer’s letter two days after TMC leaders’ meeting with Election Commission; Said- EVM and VVPAT should be investigated


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The by-polls have begun in West Bengal. In view of its preparations, the Chief Election Officer (CEO) has written a letter to the District Election Officer (DEO). Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab has written to the District Election Officers of Cooch Behar, South Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas and Nadia to initiate investigation of EVMs and VVPATs for the by-elections to the state assembly.

By-elections for 7 assembly seats
By-elections are to be held in Khardah, Samsherganj, Jangipur, Shantipur, Bhawanipur, Dinhata and Gosaba assembly seats in Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who faced defeat in Nandigram, is also preparing to contest the by-election from Bhawanipur.

In fact, the by-elections are important for Mamata Banerjee to continue as the Chief Minister in West Bengal. Mamta is not a member of the Legislative Assembly at present, but after becoming the Chief Minister, she will have to become a member of the Legislative Assembly within 6 months, otherwise her chair may face a crisis.


Mamta may contest from Bhawanipur
Recently, Mamata’s minister Shobhandev Chattopadhyay had resigned from the post of MLA of Bhawanipur assembly seat. After this this assembly seat fell vacant. It is believed that Mamta will contest the by-election from Bhawanipur itself.

TMC delegation met Election Commission
In this connection, on July 15, a delegation of Trinamool Congress reached the Election Commission. After the meeting, TMC leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay had said that it is a legal obligation that elections have to be held within 6 months. This is also a provision in the Representation of the People Act. By-elections are to be held in 20 seats across the country. Somewhere there may be a constitutional crisis. We don’t want that.

TMC MP Saugata Roy said that we have requested the full bench of the Chief Election Commission to conduct the elections. The situation of Corona in Bengal is now better than before. Certainly the Election Commission would not want a constitutional crisis to arise.

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