Time has come for the bypolls. Political parties are buzzing about the upcoming byelection in the Asansol Lok Sabha seat, along with four assembly seats. It will be held on April 12.
The Birbhum burnt incident is likely to be raised in the coming by-elections in West Bengal. The BJP would like to expose Mamata Bajnerjee to the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. However, as a savvy politician, the West Bengal chief minister will leave no stone unturned to overwhelm the saffron party.
Naseeruddin Shah jumps into election fray
Meanwhile, the most eye-catching news is that senior actor Naseeruddin Shah has decided to support his niece, Saira Shah Halim, the Left Front candidate for the Ballygunge byelection in West Bengal. She is taking on Trinamool Congress’s Babul Supriyo.
In a video message, Naseeruddin Shah said: “The choice before voters is a clear one. Would you like your representative to be a caring, compassionate, and committed person who will work for you, or would you prefer a turncoat opportunist who is also a serial hate-monger? “
I am not affiliated with, nor do I owe allegiance to, any political party. “I am here in my individual capacity to support the candidature of Saira Shah Halim for the upcoming Ballygunge byelections,” Naseeruddin Shah said.
“Family ties aside, I have always found her to be a courageous and caring person of integrity, who is always eager to help the less fortunate. She has been a vocal defender of our rights, “he said.
Naseeruddin Shah’s wife, Ratna Pathak Shah, also shot a video extending her support to Saira Shah Halim. “Saira Halim is the hope of the future. Vote for her, “she said. “I hope we can rally behind her and help her come to power and make a difference in the lives of the young people in this country,” she said.
The bypolls are going to be another litmus test, especially for the BJP and TMC. Currently, the relationship between these parties is at a dagger’s point. The counting of votes for the bypolls will take place on April 16.
BJP announces its candidate’s name
The BJP has unveiled its candidates’ names for the West Bengal bypolls. The party has decided to field sitting MLA Agnimitra Paul in the Asansol Lok Sabha bypoll, against TMC candidate and film star Shatrugan Sinha and CPM candidate Partha Mukherjee.
In the Ballygunge Assembly by-election, the BJP has fielded spirited woman Keya Ghosh, and her opponents are former Union minister and well-known TMC face Babul Supriyo and CPM candidate Saira Shah Halim, niece of veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.
The Asansol seat became vacant due to the resignation of Supriyo as the BJP MP. He was elected in 2014 and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on the BJP’s ticket. Currently, he has been fighting as the TMC candidate from the Ballygunge Assembly constituency in Kolkata, which fell vacant after the death of former party leader Subrata Mukherjee in November last year.
The assembly seats where bypolls will be held on April 12 are Ballygunge (West Bengal), Khairagarh (Chhattisgarh), Bochaha (Bihar) and Kolhapur North (Maharashtra).
All eyes are on the West Bengal bypolls because the BJP and TMC would like to put their every ounce of energy into the upcoming by-election. Everything will be unveiled on April 16, the result day.