Asansol Municipal By-Polls: BJP and TMC workers clash

These by-polls will decide Mayor Bidhan Upadhyay’s fate in the City. Bidhan Upadhyay is the Trinamool Congress candidate and will be contesting from Ward 6 of the city.

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The by-polls for the Asansol Municipal elections started today early morning amid a heavy security arrangement.

These by-polls will decide Mayor Bidhan Upadhyay’s fate in the City. Bidhan Upadhyay is the Trinamool Congress candidate and will be contesting from Ward 6 of the city.

Upadhyay along with party leaders and workers had marched from Asansol’s BNR (Bengal Nagpur Railway) to the Sub-Divisional Ruler’s office on the day he submitted his nomination. Along with him were – Jamuriya MLA Hareram Singh and all Trinamool district leaders.

Speaking about the by-election, Bidhan Upadhyay told ETV Bharat, “BJP is also playing games. But they have no issues. Our agenda is development. People have seen development, so people will vote for Mamata Banerjee.”

However, this election too was marred with violence between the workers and supporters of the TMC and BJP despite prior heavy security arrangements.

BJP MLA Laxman Ghorui alleged, “We had come to see whether polling was going on peacefully or not, but TMC supporters attacked us. TMC is rigging votes being cast.”

When asked about the Partha Chatterjee controversy, he said, “He will not have any influence on this vote. It is a legal matter. It will follow the law.”

Today, 21st August, two municipal wards, West Burdwan and North 24-Parganas district which include ward 6 under Asansol Municipal Corporation (AMC) and ward 14 under Bongaon municipality will undergo by_polls.