Bengal bypoll results Live Updates: Votes are also being counted for the bye-elections held in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies in the Murshidabad district of the state and one constituency in Odisha.
Bypolls result Live News and Updates: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is leading by a margin of 23,957 votes at the end of the sixth round of counting in the Bhabanipur Assembly seat. The Trinamool Congress is also leading in the other two seats of Murshidabad district.
The counting of votes to the crucial bypoll to the Bhabanipur seat in south Kolkata, where TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is contesting to retain her chief minister’s seat, kicked off at 8 am amid heavy security deployment. Votes are also being counted for the bye-elections held in Jangipur and Samserganj assembly constituencies in the Murshidabad district of the state and the Pipili constituency in Odisha.
24 companies of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres and the entire area will be put under CCTV surveillance.
Babanipur, which went to the polls on September 30, saw a modest turnout of 53.32 per cent. The two other Assembly seats in the state, however, reported a higher turnout. Samserganj recorded 78.60 per cent voter turnout, while Jangipur 76.12 per cent till 5 pm, as per Election Commission data.
Voting was largely peaceful, and no major incident of violence or electoral malpractice was reported, EC officials said. The poll body said it received 97 complaints, of which 91 were quashed. Of these 97 complaints, 85 were related to the Bhabanipur bypoll.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leads by 23,957 votes after sixth round of counting. TMC’s Jakir Hossain leads by 15,643 boyes after fifth round in Jangipur while the party’s Amirul Islam leads by 3,768 votes in Samserganj.
According to the Election Commission, TMC candidate Jakir Hossain is leading with over 20,000 votes while the BJP candidate is trailing at the second spot with over 8,000 votes.
TMC supporters celebrate outside CM Mamata Banerjee’s residence in Kolkata as she gains early leads in the Bhabanipur assembly by-election.
After the fourth round of counting, Mamata Banerjee leads in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency by 12,435 votes.
After the fourth round of counting, TMC has secured 4,604 votes, Congress has secured 2,445 votes, CPIM 1,367 votes and BJP is at the fourth spot with 485 votes.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is leading by a margin of 2,799 votes at the end of the first round of counting for the Bhabanipur assembly bypoll. A total of 21 rounds of counting will be held for the bypoll which was held on September 30.
Meanwhile, the TMC is also leading in two seats of Murshidabad district where elections were held on the same day. In the Jangipur assembly constituency, TMC candidate Jakir Hossain is leading by 1,717 votes after the first round of counting and in Samserganj, TMC MLA Amirul Islam is leading by 1,140 votes after the second round of counting.
After the first round of counting of votes, TMC is leading with 4,542 votes, BJP is at the second spot with 2,825 votes and RSP has secured 255 votes. TMC’s Jakir Hossain is leading by 1,717 votes.
The Election Commission has ordered a three-tier security with 24 companies of central forces at the Bhabanipur constituency to avoid any violence or clashes.
TMC candidate Mamata Banerjee is leading by 2,800 votes after the first few rounds of counting of postal ballots.
TMC candidate Jakir Hossain is leading by 1,717 votes after the postal ballot counting.
The Trinamool Congress is leading on all three seats — Bhabanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur after the counting of postal ballots.
The postal ballots will be counted first. The Election Commission has said there will be 21 rounds of counting for the Bhabanipur bypoll results, which is the most anticipated among all the results awaited today, including two other seats in West Bengal — Samserganj and Jangipur.
While the Trinamool Congress has claimed that the party chief will win by a margin of over 50,000 votes, the BJP, which fielded 41-year-old greenhorn Priyanka Tibrewal, claimed to have given a “very good fight”.
Counting of votes for the Bhabanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur assembly bypolls has started. Heavy security deployment is seen at the Bhabanipur constituency from where Mamata Banerjee is seeking re-election.
There will be 21 rounds of counting for the Bhabanipur bypoll result on Sunday. The Election Commission has ordered a three-tier security with 24 companies of central forces at the Bhabanipur constituency to avoid any violence or clashes.
The BJP had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against TMC ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee for allegedly “influencing voters” in Bhabanipur constituency. It also alleged that the TMC had brought in several fake voters to various polling booths. BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal alleged that the TMC had forcibly stopped voting at a polling booth in ward number 72, and Hakim and Mukherjee were trying to influence voters. Later, Tibrewal alleged that TMC had brought in fake voters to several polling stations such as Khalsa Girls’ High School, Jewish Girls’ School, St. John’s Diocesan Girls’ Higher Secondary School and others.
Voters wade through waterlogged streets to cast their votes. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)
Bhabanipur bypoll: Everything but politics
Sitting on a bench outside Habu Da’s tea stall, opposite the heritage ‘Mitra Institution’ in Bhabanipur, Babla Ghosh, 36, speaks dismissively, “What election? People already know the outcome.”
Bhabanipur — the constituency in south Kolkata thrust into the limelight as the seat from where Mamata Banerjee will seek to enter the Assembly through a by-election on September 30, after her loss from Nandigram in the state elections earlier this year — has had an extended electoral season, and the fatigue is showing. Located in south Kolkata, Bhabanipur is arguably the most cosmopolitan part of the city. About 40 per cent of its voters are non-Bengalis — mostly migrants from Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh.
The place has the quintessential old Kolkata charm — with dilapidated centuries-old bungalows, narrow bylanes, hand-pulled rickshaws and a potua para (potter’s quarters).
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