Congress MP and the party's West Bengal chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to hold the bypolls in the state after Diwali and Kali Puja.
Taking to Twitter, Chowdhury wrote, "The Election Commission of India has announced the date of bye election in the state of West Bengal on 30th Oct without taking into cognizance the festive season of West Bengal (sic)."
"We are eager to contest the elections but strongly plead not to hold the same till the #Deepavali/ #kalipuja is celebrated. We are preparing to lodge protest to the election commission (sic)," he added.
Earlier in the day, ECI announced the election schedule for pending bypolls in the state.