Amid Tight Security: WB By-Elections Are Slated To Be Held


Kolkata: The bypolls in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and Noapara Assembly seat in West Bengal are slated to be held tomorrow amid tight security. Both the seats are likely to witness a direct contest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, even as the CPI(M) is trying hard .

The results of the by elections will be announced on February 1. The elections were necessitated following the deaths of Sultan Ahmed, the sitting TMC MP from Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in Howrah district, and Madhusudan Ghose, Congress MLA from Noapara assembly seat in North 24 Parganas district.

Uluberia is one of the Lok Sabha seats in the state with nearly 40 per cent Muslim population. The RSS and the BJP made inroads into the constituency following a communal flare-up at Dhulagarh, around 16km from Uluberia, in 2016. According to the Election Commission, 35 companies of central police forces will be deployed to ensure free and fair elections in both the seats.

There are a total of 273 booths in Noapara by-election. Of these, there are 271 common booths and two auxiliary booths. Total number of voters is 2 lakh 46 thousand 522. In the meantime, there are 1 lakh 24 thousand 563 male voters and 1 lakh 21 thousand 955 female voters. 70 percent of the booths are very sensitive in booths. In addition to the remaining voting centers, modern cameras and micro observers will be installed.

Noapara byelection will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. In Barakpur Police commissionerate, police personnel of Noapara, Barakpur, Jagadal and Titagarh police stations are deployed. No one can cross the ganges from Hooghly district to Noapara area, so that there will be strict police protection in four ferries in Noapara assembly, according to the administration sources.