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Bhabanipur bypoll Highlights: Mamata Banerjee casts her vote; 53.32% turnout till 5 pm

Bhabanipur Bye-Election Voting Highlights: The constituency, which has twice elected Mamata and is considered her home, has pitted the Trinamool Congress supremo against two young faces — BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and the CPM’s Srijib Biswas.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata |
Updated: September 30, 2021 10:58:58 pm
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee comes out of Mitra Institution polling booth after casting her vote under Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency.

Bhabanipur Assembly Bye-Election 2021 Polling Highlights: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the bypoll from Bhabanipur Assembly constituency to retain her chair, Thursday cast her vote at Mitra Institution School around 3 pm.

The voter turnout at the Bhabanipur constituency stood at 53.32 per cent at 5 pm on Thursday. The figure has stayed on the lower side all throughout the day, standing at 48.08 per cent at 3 pm, 35.97 per cent at 1 pm, 21.73 per cent at 11 am and 7.57 per cent at 9 am.

Polling began at 7 am on Thursday for the bypolls to the Bhabanipur seat and two other constituencies amid tight security and stringent Covid-19 measures. To ensure watertight security and peaceful polling in Bhabanipur on Thursday, the Election Commission on Wednesday decided to bring in 20 more companies of Central Armed Police Personnel.

The constituency, which has twice elected Mamata and is considered her home, has pitted the Trinamool Congress supremo against two young faces — BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and the CPM’s Srijib Biswas. However, the polling, this time, assumes special significance as Banerjee is fighting to continue as the state CM, while the BJP is eyeing an encore of Nandigram where the Trinamool chief contested and lost to Suvendu Adhikari in the Assembly polls held earlier this year.

The bypolls are being held in south Kolkata’s Bhabanipur, and Jangipur and Samserganj seats in Murshidabad district. A total 6,97,164 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the three constituencies. Votes will be counted on October 3. The Pipili seat in Puri, Odisha, also goes to the polls today.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting to retain her CM's seat; 35 companies of central forces have been deployed across the constituency; Follow this space for latest news and updates:

17:56 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Here's the polling percentage at 5 pm

Poll percentage at 5 pm:

Samserganj: 78.60%

Jangipur: 76.12%

Bhabanipur: 53.32%

15:46 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Mamata Banerjee casts her vote

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the bypoll from Bhabanipur Assembly constituency to retain her chair, Thursday cast her vote at Mitra Institution School around 3 pm.

15:46 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Here's the polling percentage at 3 pm
Poll percentage at 3 pm:

Samserganj: 72.45%

Jangipur: 68.17%

Bhabanipur: 48.08%

14:54 (IST)30 Sep 2021
TMC paying some people to cast vote: Priyanka Tibrewal

Priyanka Tibrewal, the BJP candidate for Bhabanipur by-poll, alleged that TMC is paying some people to cast a vote "A man confessed to me that TMC paid him Rs 500 to cast vote. He was from Bansdroni. I have informed the authorities," she said.

14:27 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bypolls: 45.32% polling recorded in Odisha's Pipili till 1 pm

45.32% voter turnout recorded till 1pm in Odisha's Pipili Assembly bypoll. (PTI)

14:16 (IST)30 Sep 2021
TMC has sent fake voters: BJP

BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal has filed a complaint stating that fake voters were sent to four schools in Bhabanipur.

13:51 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Here's the polling percentage at 1 pm

Poll percentage at 1 pm:

Samserganj: 57.15%

Jangipur: 53.78%

Bhabanipur: 35.97%

13:13 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Mamata Banerjee to cast her vote at Mitra Institution booth at 3:15pm

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will cast her vote at a booth in the Mitra Institution School in Bhabanipur at 3.15pm.

12:23 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bhabanipur: 23 complaints registered with EC

41 complaints regarding various issues have been lodged with the Election Commission today from three constituencies. Out of 41 complaints, 23 are from Bhabanipur.

11:54 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bhabanipur voter turnout continues to remain low, stands at 21.73% till 11 am

Voter turnout continued to be on the lower side in Bhabanipur with only 21.73 per cent people coming out to exercise their franchise till 11 am on Thursday. The figure stood at 7.57  per cent at 9 am. While the turnout in Samserganj constituency was 40.23 per cent, that in Jangipur was 36.11 per cent. Read More

11:35 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Pipili bypolls: 24.76% polling recorded till 11 am

Voting is underway for the bypolls in four assembly segments across India — three in West Bengal: Bhabanipur, Samserganj, and Jangipur; and one in Odisha – Pipli. 24.76% polling has been recorded till 11 am in Odisha's Pipili.

11:16 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Scenes from various polling booths in Bhabanipur

10:52 (IST)30 Sep 2021
In pictures: Waterlogging mars voting spirit in Bhabanipur
Parts of Bhabanipur remained waterlogged on Thursday morning. (Express Photo: Partha Paul

10:26 (IST)30 Sep 2021
BJD candidate casts his vote in Pipili

Biju Janata Dal candidate Rudra Pratap Maharathy casts his vote for by-poll in Pipili. "There has been no MLA in our constituency (Pipili) since my father's death. Everyone wants their candidate," he said.

10:09 (IST)30 Sep 2021
7.8 per cent polling recorded in Odisha's Pipili till 9 am

Till 9 am, 7.8 per cent of the voters in Odisha's Pipili have cast their votes in the bypolls. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Sushil Kumar Lohani, said that to ensure the safety of voters against Covid-19, each of them is being provided with hand gloves, masks, and sanitisers.

10:06 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bengal bye-election: Bhabanipur sees low voter turnout in first 2 hours of polling

The Bhabanipur constituency recorded a low voter turnout of just 7.57 per cent during the first two hours of polling on Thursday. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is contesting the Assembly bypoll from Bhabanipur to retain her Chief Minister’s seat. She is pitted against BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPM’s Sreejib Biswas. Read More

09:44 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bengal polling percentage till 9 am

Here are the polling percentages in Bengal at 9 am:

Assembly Constituency 56 — Samserganj: 16.32 per cent

Assembly Constituency 58 — Jangipur: 17.51 per cent

Assembly Constituency 159 — Bhabanipur: 7.57 per cent

09:33 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Polling underway at Murshidabad's Jangipur constituency

Voting in currently underway at Jangipur constituency in Murshidabad amid tight security and strict Covid-19 norms.

09:22 (IST)30 Sep 2021
EVM malfunction reported in Odisha's Pipili

Voting was delayed in a booth of Pipili due to EVM malfunction while glitches in the EVM machine were reported in two more booths.

09:17 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Bhabanipur: 90-year-old casts her vote

A 90-year-old woman cast her vote at a polling booth in Bhabanipur on Thursday in the election that decides Mamata Bannerjee’s fate as CM.

A hoarding put up by the TMC in Bhabanipur. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

Bhabanipur bypoll: Everything but politics

Sitting on a bench outside Habu Da’s tea stall, opposite the heritage ‘Mitra Institution’ in Bhabanipur, Babla Ghosh, 36, speaks dismissively, “What election? People already know the outcome.”

Bhabanipur — the constituency in south Kolkata thrust into the limelight as the seat from where Mamata Banerjee will seek to enter the Assembly through a by-election on September 30, after her loss from Nandigram in the state elections earlier this year — has had an extended electoral season, and the fatigue is showing.  The conversation in the town’s popular addas, from Habu Da’s tea stall to the famous Balwant Singh’s Eating House, mostly focuses on the mundane — price rise, the unusually heavy rainfall this year, and Mamata Banerjee’s intervention to find a sponsor for the East Bengal football club.

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