West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to hold bypolls for seven Assembly constituencies in the State without any delay, as the COVID situation is 'totally under control' in the state.
“Our request would be to the Election Commission, that already four months are over (since WB Assembly polls) and our COVID situation is totally under control. People have the right to cast their vote and elect members to the assembly… Election Commission must announce by polls immediately and not curb democratic rights of people,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said.
She said that the ECI has already sought opinion from political parties and by polls are scheduled in isolated constituencies not in contiguous areas.
The bypolls are crucial to Mamata to continuing as the Chief Minister in Bengal.
She has lost Nandigram Assembly polls to Bharatiya Janata Party's Suvendu Adhikari with a narrow margin of 1956 votes. Following which, she has to get elected to the State Assembly by the first week of November, within six months of being elected as the Chief Minister.
Didi is likely to contest from Bhabanipur Assembly seat the constituency she was elected in 2011 and 2016. The MLA from Bhabanipur has already tendered resignation from the seat.