The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, an advocate and vice president of the party's youth wing in West Bengal, against chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee
For the September 30 by-election to the Bhabanipur seat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, an advocate and vice president of the party's youth wing in West Bengal, against chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee.
Tibrewal was one of the petitioners in the Calcutta high court who sought an investigation into the post-poll violence in May. The BJP submitted six names to the party's leadership, with Tibrewal's being chosen.
“This fight is not against any person. This fight is against injustice. The chief minister doesn’t belong to any party. She is the chief minister of West Bengal. But despite that, she kept silent during post poll violence. I am sure the people of Bhabanipur would understand why Nandigram didn’t vote for Mamata,” Tibrewal told reporters.
Banerjee, a Bhabanipur resident, won the seat twice in 2011 and 2016, but then moved to Nandigram to take on her former protege and now BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, after the anti-farmland acquisition agitation against the Left Front government had transformed her into a prominent political force.
Though the TMC chief powered the party to a resounding win for a third consecutive term in office, she lost the Nandigram seat to Adhikari by a narrow margin.
Banerjee has to win the bypoll to become a member of the assembly in order to continue in the chair. She had taken oath on May 5 and must get elected within six months as per protocols.
Tapas Roy, a veteran TMC leader and party spokesperson, reacted to Tibrewal's nomination by saying:“Let them (BJP) bring their central leaders and pit any one of them against Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur. When the results are declared, they would not find a place to hide as they would be defeated by a record margin.”
The Left Front has fielded Srijib Biswas, however the Congress has opted not to run a candidate in the poll.
On October 3, the results of the election will be counted.
Mamata CM Mamata has filed a nomination.
Banerjee registered her nomination for the Bhabanipur assembly by-election on Friday.
Banerjee was brought to the Survey Building in Alipore by the wife of state cabinet member Firhad Hakim, where she filed her nomination papers. Before boarding her car, she was afterwards spotted greeting people with folded hands.
“The people waiting to avenge the conspiracy that was hatched to defeat Mamata di at Nandigram,” Hakim stated to reporters here.
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