Kolkata. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tibrewal on Monday filed her nomination for the by-election to Bhawanipur assembly seat where she is pitted against Trinamool Congress candidate and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. . Voting in Bhawanipur will be held on 30 September and the result will be declared on 3 October. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has fielded lawyer Shreejib Biswas from this seat, while the Congress is not participating in the by-polls.
Tibrewal is also a lawyer. He filed his nomination at the Survey Bhawan in Alipore. He was accompanied by other senior leaders of the party including Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Shubendu Adhikari and BJP MP Arjun Singh. At the same time, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who returned to the election field once from this seat, filed her nomination papers on Friday for the Bhawanipur assembly by-election to be held on September 30.
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It is noteworthy that Sovandeb Chattopadhyay of Trinamool Congress, who won Bhawanipur assembly seat in the last assembly elections, had resigned to make Mamata Banerjee contest from this seat, forcing the Election Commission to announce the by-election. Banerjee had lost the election from Nandigram to BJP’s Shubhendu Adhikari and will have to be elected by November 5 to retain the chief minister’s post.
Banerjee, who lost the assembly elections in Nandigram, will have to win the by-election to continue as the chief minister. Banerjee is a resident of Bhawanipur and won this seat twice in 2011 and 2016. She contested and lost from Nandigram seat against BJP leader and former ally Shubhendu Adhikari in the assembly elections held in April-May this year.
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