Mamata Banerjee is likely to compete for a vote from her old constituency | India News
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (AFP)
CALCUTTA: Prime Minister of West Bengal Mamata banerjee He is likely to contest an assembly by choice of his own territory, Bhowanipore, after sitting MLA and state agriculture minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay resigned as MLA on Friday, vacating the seat.
Banerjee, a two-time winner of this segment of the assembly (she had won this seat in 2011 and 2016), had faced the 2021 elections of Nandigram but he narrowly lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Weeks later Adhikari left Trinamool and joined the BJP, she had announced her decision to fight from Nandigram, referring to Bhowanipore as her “boron bon (older sister)” and calling Nandigram her “best bon (middle sister)”.
Banerjee has to be elected in six months because, according to article 164 of the Constitution, a minister who cannot be elected as an MLA within six months of being appointed minister ceases in one. Chattopadhyay defeated BJP’s Rudranil Ghosh at Bhowanipore by 29,000 votes. He resigned exactly 10 days after being sworn in as cabinet minister on May 11. “I, and many of my colleagues, feel that Mamata Banerjee should continue as CM. In that case, she has to be elected within six months, ”he said.