Kolkata : West Bengal is gearing up for the counting day of the bypolls, especially for Kolkata’s Bhabanipur constituency on which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s fate as CM. Both the election candidates the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress are hoping for victory.
BJP has claimed to be giving a “very good fight in Bhabanipur,” Banerjee’s usual constituency that she switched with Nandigram at the time of the assembly elections. Cabinet Minister and senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim, campaigned everyday for at least last one month for Banerjee, asserted, “We are very confident that she will win by more than 50, 000 votes”.
On the other hand, BJP’s national vice-president and the party’s former Bengal chief, Dilip Ghosh says that party will give tough fight to TMC in case of violence the government will take charge. He said, “The BJP will give a very good fight in Bhabanipur. If there is any violence after result, the government will have to look into it, otherwise the CBI is there.”
The Election Commission will begin counting of votes at 8am on Sunday. The results are usually clear based on trends by the afternoon.
There will be 21 rounds of counting of votes in the Bhabanipur constituency.
The poll body has arranged for a three-tier security system, called in 24 companies of central forces and have already deployed them at the counting centre.
While the outer layer of security will be looked after by the state police alone, the next layer will also have the central forces. The inner layer will only have central police. The entire area will be under CCTV surveillance.
Officials will only be allowed pen and paper and only the returning officer and observer are allowed to use phones.
All the officials and those entering the counting centre will have to produce a COVID-19 negative certificate.
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