Bhabanipur bypoll Key Candidates: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BJP Candidate Priyanka Tibrewal file nomination

Bhabanipur bypoll date: Bhabanipur by-election is scheduled to be held on September 30 and the counting of votes will be held on October 3, 2021. Know all Bhabanipur bypoll key candidates here.  

Created On: Sep 13, 2021 13:38 IST
Battle for Bhabanipur: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to file nomination today
Battle for Bhabanipur: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to file nomination today

Bhabanipur bypolls: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination for the Bhabanipur by-election on September 10, 2021. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief will need to win the by-election to retain her chief ministerial post. The BJP candidate for the Bhabanipur bypoll, Priyanka Tibrewal filed her nomination on September 13th.

Bhabanipur bypoll  is scheduled to be held on September 30 and the counting of votes will be held on October 3, 2021. Bhabanipur is the traditional seat of WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The elected Bhabanipur MLA Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay vacated the seat for the Chief Minister after she lost from Nandigram seat by 1,956 votes against BJP's Suvendu Adhikari.

Bhabanipur bypolls: Key Candidates

TMC Candidate: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

BJP Candidate: Priyanka Tibrewal, Vice President of BJP's youth wing in West Bengal has been pitted against West Bengal CM from the Bhabanipur assembly constituency.

CPI (M) Candidate- Young lawyer Srijib Biswas who hails from Bhabanipur has been fielded against Banerjee.

INC: Congress has decided that it will not field any candidate against CM Mamata Banerjee from the Bhabanipur assembly seat.

Battle for Bhabanipur 

The BJP is preparing to put up a tough fight against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur in an attempt to repeat Nandigram's result. The Left sans Congress has also joined the battle to make it a triangular one. 

The BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal, who is a practicing advocate in the Calcutta High Court and the Supreme Court, had lost the West Bengal Assembly polls from Entally. She is one of the petitioners who had moved the Calcutta HC over the post-poll violence in the state. 

Congress has decided to not take part in the Bhabanipur by-election, but CPI(M) has named Shrijeeb Biswas as its candidate. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however, insisted that it would be a direct faceoff between BJP and TMC in Bhabanipur. 

During the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls, TMC's Sovandeb Chattopadhyay had defeated BJP's Rudranil Ghosh by a margin of 28,719 votes. Chattopadhyay then vacated the seat to make way for TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee, her traditional seat, after she lost from Nandigram. 

West Bengal Bypoll Schedule: Bhabanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur election date

The Election Commission of India announced the West Bengal Assembly bypoll schedule on September 4, 2021. ECI announced bypoll schedule for three West Bengal Assembly seats- Bhabanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur and one Odisha Assembly seat - Pipli. 

The elections for Samserganj and Jangipur assembly constituencies were delayed due to the death of Congress candidate in Samserganj and RSP candidate in Jangipur.

Poll Events

Date and Day

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

06.09.2021, Monday

Last Date of Nominations

13.09.2021, Monday

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

14.09.2021, Tuesday

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

16.09.2021, Thursday

Date of Poll

30.09.2021, Thursday

Date of Counting

03.10.2021, Sunday

Date before which election shall be completed

05.10.2021, Tuesday


Source: ECI

Samserganj and Jangipur bypoll: Key Candidates 

Samserganj Candidates

Jangipur Candidates

TMC-Amirul Islam 

BJP-Milan Ghosh

CPI-M-Md Moddassar Hossain 

TMC-Jakir Hossain 

BJP-Sujit Das 

Left- Jane Alam Mian 

Background 

TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee clinched a landslide victory in 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections on May 2, 2021 with her party winning 213 seats, while the BJP won 77 seats. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken a huge risk by leaving her traditional Bhabanipur constituency to take on TMC turncoat Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram, a Trinamool Bastion. Though Nandigram was a TMC stronghold, it was known to be a strong area for the Adhikari family.

After Banerjee's loss from Nandigram, incumbent Bhabanipur MLA, senior Trinamool Congress leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay resigned from the seat on the same day, paving way for the CM to contest from there. He said while resigning that it was her seat, he was just protecting it. Banerjee had won twice from Bhabanipur earlier. 

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