The Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wing in a letter to its central leadership, said that holding by-polls for six vacant assembly seats is not conducive due to the COVID-19 situation in the state.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh who also held a party meeting today, said, “Yes, we wrote a letter to the central leadership expressing our reservation to hold by-polls in West Bengal."
There are six vacant assembly seats in West Bengal. Recently Dinhata and Santipur assembly seats fell vacant after the saffron party leaders Nisith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar resigned as MLAs after winning to retain their Parliament memberships.
Similarly, elections could not be held in Samserganj and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad due to the death of candidates during the recent state Assembly Polls. The Kharda seat also fell vacant in North 24-Parganas district after TMC candidate Kajal Sinha passed away before he could celebrate his victory.
On May 21, to make way for Mamata Banerjee, TMC MLA from Bhawanipur constituency, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay resigned from the post.
TMC is very keen on contesting the by-polls (in six vacant seats) at the earliest as they suspect that the EC may defer the poll citing the third wave of Covid-19.