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TMC will meet with the EC today to demand by-elections as Mamata prepares to fight for re-election to the CM post.

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal’s chief minister, is set to run for re-election from Bhawanipur, one of the seven seats up for grabs.

Mamata Banerjee’s party’s A delegation would meet with the Election Commission on Friday afternoon to demand bypolls. The West Bengal by-elections have been waiting for some time, according to the Trinamool Congress national secretary, and they had asked the Election Commission last month as well. The chief minister herself is set to run for re-election in Bhawanipur, one of the seven seats up for grabs.

Banerjee had lost by a narrow margin in polls against aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of Nandigram. Nonetheless, her party picked her to be the chief minister. As a result, she must be chosen by the people within six months after her appointment (which is November).

“A Minister who is not a member of the Legislature of the State for any period of six consecutive months will cease to be a Minister at the end of that time,” according to Article 164(4) of the Constitution.”

Adhikari, on the other hand, has stated that bypolls should not be held if trains cannot be resumed due to the Covid-19 situation in the state.

“A Minister who is not a member of the Legislature of the State for any period of six consecutive months will cease to be a Minister at the end of that time,” according to Article 164(4) of the Constitution.”

A TMC team, comprising Sukhendu Shekhar and Mohua Moitra, had already visited the Election Commission in Delhi with the same demand in mid-July. According to political rumors, the BJP does not want the byelections now because of Mamata Banerjee’s seat, but the Trinamool Congress has been lobbying for them.

According to TMC sources, elections were held after the daily caseload of Covid-19 exceeded 22,000 cases. Conducting surveys shouldn’t be an issue given that the total is near 900.

While the TMC has frequently accused the EC of being “biassed,” polling sources said that preparations for seven byelection seats are now underway.

 

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