Relief for Mamata as ECI declares by-poll date for Bhabanipur

The counting of votes will be held on October 3, while the nominations will be filed from September 6 till September 13.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday rolled out the much-awaited date of by-election, scheduling on September 30 in one assembly constituency of West Bengal, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intends to contest from. However, by-elections to three lower house of Parliament and 31 other assembly seats are yet to be announced.
 
According to a statement released by ECI, the counting of votes will be held on October 3, while the nominations will be filed from September 6 till September 13. This by-poll in Bhabanipur will allow the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata, a chance to become a member of the state legislative assembly.
 
"While the commission has decided not to hold bye-elections in other 31 Assembly Constituencies and three Parliamentary constituencies (across India), considering the constitutional exigency and special request from state of West Bengal, it has decided to hold bye-election in 159-Bhabanipur AC," read the press note released by EC.
 
Elections are also slated to be held in Samserganj and Jangirpur of West Bengal and Pipli in Odisha, which were earlier adjourned due to the demise of their respective candidates, on September 30.
 
For the unversed, the CM had moved out of her traditional Bhabanipur seat to fight in Nandigram during the Assembly polls earlier this year but lost to his former close aide Suvendhu Adhikari who contested on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
 
Suvendu is now the Leader of Opposition in the Bengal Assembly.
 

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