Bengal govt seeks simultaneous by-polls to LS, assembly

Tuesday 05th December 2017 04:00 EST

NEW DELHI: A delegation from the Trinamool Congress reportedly met the Election Commission officials demanding holding of simultaneous by-elections in one Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies in West Bengal in “greater public interest”. The seats have fallen vacant following the resignation of Manas Bhunia, MLA from Sabong, and the death of Noapara MLA Madhusudan Ghosh on August 18, and Sultan Ahmed from Uluberia Lok Sabha seat, on September 4.

The EC has already announced the dates for the by-election to a few seats in legislative assemblies of different states including Sabong in West Bengal. TMC MPs Derek O'Brien and Kalyan Banerjee met the Election Commission and submitted a memorandum asking it to hold simultaneous by-elections in the two assembly and Lok Sabha constituency.

The memorandum reads, “All these three vacancies were caused within July 24 to September 4, 2017, which is less than one and half months. In the fitness of the situation, all these three vacancies are required to be filled simultaneously to allow the electorate of those constituencies to elect their representatives and the sooner it is done it would not only be better for them, but also conform to the practised conventions.”

The TMC has also referred to the vacancy caused by the demise of E Ahmed, member of parliament of Malappuram parliamentary constituency in Kerala, to stress on their demand.

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