Friendship, the polling station where the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee And his family cast their vote, witnessing a silent voter turnout during the early hours of the by-election on Thursday. However, the mood among voters was to “welcome your daughter”.
Till 11 am, the polling percentage in Bhabnipur bypoll was 21.73 amid tight security.
Trinamool Congress chief Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek are expected to reach the booth in the afternoon to cast their votes.
In Government High School Mitra Institution, enthusiastic voters were seen in the queue early in the morning. Sujata Das and her daughter Deepti, neighbors of the Trinamool Congress supremo, were among the many voters waiting to exercise their franchise.
“The first thing to do in the morning is to come and cast your vote. For us ‘Didi’ (Banerjee) is not just the Chief Minister, but she is our ‘Didi’ (elder sister) in India”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, who took on Bengal CM Banerjee, also visited the booth on Thursday. He later alleged that TMC MLA Madan Mitra “switched off EVMs” to capture a booth in Bhabnipur.
Taking cognizance of his complaint, the Election Commission has asked the administration to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, reacting to Tibrewal’s allegation, Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said, “These are all excuses. They will lose and that’s why they are saying all this.”
Left candidate Shreejib Biswas, on the other hand, urged the Election Commission to ensure that “no ghost voting takes place”.
Voting began at 7 am on Thursday for the bypoll to Bhabnipur seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting, and two other constituencies amid tight security and stringent COVID-19 measures, officials said. , officials said. Apart from Jangipur and Samserganj seats in Murshidabad district, by-elections are being held in Bhabnipur in South Kolkata.