AICC to take final decision on fielding candidate against Mamata Banerjee: Adhir Chowdhury

Kolkata: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday (September 6) said that though he is in favor of not fielding a candidate against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Bhawanipur bypoll, the final decision will be taken by the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

Earlier today, media reports suggested that the party is unlikely to contest the bypolls.

He said, ‘I had said that Congress should not field anyone against the current Chief Minister as a courtesy. It was my personal opinion then. Now that the by-elections have been announced, we have to think afresh. AICC will take the final decision,” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Election Commission has announced the date of by-elections for three assembly constituencies including Bhabnipur, Samserganj and Jangipur. Polling for these three seats will be held on 30 September and counting of votes will take place on 3 October.

TMC has announced that the party chief Banerjee will contest from Bhabnipur seat. She had lost to Suvendu Adhikari of BJP in Nandigram in the recently concluded elections.

Notably, Banerjee recently met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, where she stressed on opposition unity to take on the BJP.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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