Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, is contesting the by-election to the prestigious Bhabanipur assembly seat to retain her post. She suddenly visited two corporation wards in her constituency and a mosque and reacted with the locals. She paid a surprise visit to Sola Ana Masjid and reciprocated with the locals while returning from the state secretariat.
Firhad Hakim accompanied Mamata on her visit. Minister Firhad is also the election in-charge of ward 77 which she visited.
Mamata was seen sitting on a chair and reacting with locals to maintain social distance, a COVID protocol. While on her way to her home, Banerjee visited another ward and attended a small schedule chaired by her party workers. I follow rules enforced by the EC. I try to react with people while travelling in the area. There is a COVID protocol which I have to maintain. I saw that a small convention was going on, so I just visited to convey my greetings and seek your blessings. I hope I will not be deprived of your blessings, she said.
Amit Malviya, from the BJP IT cell tweeted that if thought that Bhabanipur is a “competition” and Mamata Banerjee trusts in winning her hands, then forget it. She is sweating. This visit to Ana Masjid is not suddenly but a planned visit to search for 77 votes. In the future, she will jump from the cabin to the cabin. Bannerjee, a resident of Bhabanipur, had won the seat in 2011 and 2016. Currently, it had changed to Nandigram, the scene of the 2007 anti farmland acquisition drive against the ancient left-handed government that had catapulted it to a great political force in the volatile state.
As it germinates Mamata Banerjee led TMC to a resounding victory for a third spell in office but she lost in Nandigram. Mamata has to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in order to retain her post. The Constitution allows a non-MLA or Parliament to pursue a ministerial position without getting elected only for six months.
After her defeat in Nandigram, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Bhabanipur’ MLA, vacated the seat to facilitate her return to the assembly from there. BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and Left Front’s Srijib Biswas is contesting against Banerjee in the September 30 by-poll. Congress chose not to field a candidate against her.
The decision will result on October 3.
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