Section 144 has been imposed in Bhabanipur in West Bengal from 6:30 pm today till end of by-election on September 30
Representative image | Section 144 imposed in Bengal’s Bhabanipur from today till end of bypoll.
Ahead of the Bhabanipur by-election, section 144 has been implemented in the constituency from 6:30 pm on Tuesday till the poll ends on September 30.
Earlier in the day, a BJP delegation from Bengal approached the Election Commission of India to demand the imposition of prohibitions under Section 144 and deployment of central forces for its compliance, during the Bhabanipur bypoll on September 30, a day after the party alleged that Dilip Ghosh and others were attacked.
The BJP delegation, led by Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, also demanded that the West Bengal chief electoral officer Aarif Aftab disallow Kolkata Police from having direct control to maintain law and order in the constituency on the polling day to ensure a free and fair poll.
Dasgupta told reporters that they informed the CEO how the party’s Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh was heckled near Hanuman Mandir in Bhabanipur during the day and had to return without campaigning.
With the Bhabanipur assembly bypoll nearing, the campaign in the South Kolkata constituency hit fever pitch on Monday after BJP workers alleged party leader Dilip Ghosh was attacked during the canvassing. His security personnel were seen pointing their guns in the air to disperse the crowd.
On Monday morning, the BJP had planned an elaborate campaign in the Bhabanipur constituency, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is seeking re-election after she lost out to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the West Bengal assembly elections.
As the BJP leaders led by Dilip Ghosh campaigned in Bhabanipur, Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers gathered at a distance to protest and raise slogans against the opposition party. BJP workers and Dilip Ghosh alleged that he was attacked by the TMC workers who also chanted slogans against him.
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