Legislative assembly

EC launches lifeline at Mamata Banerjee

The Election Commission on Saturday launched a lifeline to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and announced the voting schedule in Bhabanipur, giving Trinamool Congress the opportunity to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of the ‘State.

Voting for the by-election in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency of West Bengal will take place on September 30. The votes will be counted and the result will be announced on October 3, about four weeks before the deadline for Banerjee to be elected to the State Assembly will end. Although by-elections were to be held in a total of five constituencies in West Bengal and 27 in other states, the EC decided to hold by-elections only in Bhabanipur, citing a “constitutional requirement”.

The EC quoted the Chief Secretary of West Bengal as telling it that the Covid-19 situation was under control in the state and that the by-election in Bhabanipur should take place immediately given administrative requirements and the public interest. and to avoid a constitutional crisis. and a void in top executive positions in state government.

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The commission had also come to the rescue of Maharashtra’s chief minister and supremo Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray and held polls to fill nine vacancies in the state’s legislative council on May 21 of last year amid the lockdown. national level to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EC will also hold a poll in the assembly constituencies of Samserganj and Jangipur in West Bengal and in the assembly constituency of Pipli in Odisha on September 30th. on the death of the candidates.

However, he did not announce byelections to also fill three vacant positions at Lok Sabha.

Banerjee led his party to a landslide victory in the Assembly polls, but lost to his protege-turned-enemy Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP in Nandigram. She began her third term as Chief Minister of West Bengal on May 5. She had time until the first week of November to get elected to the Legislative Assembly to continue leading the state government.

Sovandeb Chattopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Bhabanipur in recent elections in West Bengal. He has, however, resigned from the composition of the State Assembly, apparently to make way for the Supreme Congress of Trinamool to challenge the constituency, which she represented in the House since 2011. In recent months, Congress of Trinamool has repeatedly submitted memorandums to the EC, asking it to hold by-elections to fill vacant positions in the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal.

The EC said it had decided not to hold by-elections to fill the 31 Assembly seats and Lok Sabha’s three seats, as the Chief Secretaries of States, except West Bengal and de l’Odisha, told him that it would be desirable to hold the bypolls after the next festival season. They also brought to the attention of the EC constraints such as flooding and the Covid-19 situation, including the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic.

Not only Thackeray and Banerjee, the EC had in the past also come to the aid of others – former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and HD Deve Gowda in 1991 and 1996 respectively, several chief ministers including Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan) in 1991 , Rabri Devi (Bihar) in 1997 and Vijay Bhaskar Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) in 1993.

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