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West Bengal by polls: Counting of votes for Asansol, Ballygunge seats underway

Counting of votes for by-polls to the Asansol Lok Sabha seat and the Ballygunge assembly segment in West Bengal began at 8am this morning amid tight security arrangements, an election

Counting of votes for by-polls to the Asansol Lok Sabha seat and the Ballygunge assembly segment in West Bengal began at 8am this morning amid tight security arrangements, an election official said.

Around 66.42 percent and 41.23 per cent polling was recorded in the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency and the Ballygunge assembly seat, respectively, in the elections held on April 12.

A total of 15 lakh voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district, while 2.5 lakh people could vote in south Kolkata’s Ballygunge.

The by-elections were necessitated as Babul Supriyo resigned as the MP of Asansol after switching over to the TMC from the BJP, while state minister Subrata Mukherjee, who represented Ballygunge, passed last year.

The TMC fielded actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha in Asansol, which has a substantial Hindi-speaking population, while the BJP nominated Asansol Dakshin MLA Agnimitra Paul.

The ruling Trinamool Congress has fielded Supriyo in Ballygunge, where he is pitted against BJP’s Keya Ghosh and CPIM’s Saira Shah Halim. The Congress is also in the fray in both the seats.

As per latest reports coming in, the TMC is leading in both seats in Bengal. Former Union minister and popular yesteryear actor Shatrughan Sinha is leading by 10,989 votes over BJP’s Agnimitra Paul in Asansol while Babul Supriyo is leading by more than 4,600 votes in Ballygunge.

First Published: 16th April, 2022 11:45 IST

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