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Counting underway for by-polls held in West Bengal

The byelection in Gosaba was necessitated as three-time Trinamool Congress MLA Jayanta Naskar passed away due to Covid, while in Khardah, party candidate Kajal Sinha breathed his last also due to Covid before counting of votes.

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Kolkata: Counting for the four Assembly seats in West Bengal began this morning.
Polling was held on October 30.

The byelection in Gosaba was necessitated as three-time Trinamool Congress MLA Jayanta Naskar passed away due to Covid, while in Khardah, party candidate Kajal Sinha breathed his last also due to Covid before counting of votes.

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Dinhata and Santipur seats fell vacant as BJP MPs Nishith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar respectively resigned from the State Assembly and decided to retain their Lok Sabha memberships.

Veteran Trinamool Congress leader and former State Minister Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who romped home from Bhawanipur Assembly constituency, made room for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who lost her Nandigram seat to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in the last Assembly election and returned to Assembly by a thumping margin from the prestigious Bhawanipur seat in the earlier byelection.

The Trinamool Congress bagged all the three seats of Bhawanipur in the city, Jangipur and Samshergunj in Murshidabad district.

While Trinamool Congress’ Udayan Guha contested from Dinhata, Brajakishore Goswami from Sanitpur, Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay from Khardah and Subrata Mandal from Gosaba.

For BJP, Niranjan Biswas contested from Santipur, Jay Saha is from Khardah, Ashok Mandal from Dinhata and Palash Rana from Gosaba.

Left Front constituent Forward Bloc nominee Abdur Rauf fought from Dinhata in Coochbehar, while RSP candidate Anil Chandra Mandal contested from Gosaba in South 24 Parganas and CPI-M’s Soumen Mahato and Debojyodi Das vied from Santipur (Nadia) and Khardah in North 24 Parganas respectively.

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