The BJP has submitted a letter to the returning officer of Bhabanipur, raising objections to the nomination filed by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee for the by-election to the seat.
The bypoll is scheduled to take place on September 30 and counting of votes would be held on October 3.
The BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal against Mamata Banerjee.
In a letter to the returning officer of Bhabanipur, Tibrewal’s chief election agent Sajal Ghosh said: “I, Sajal Ghosh (chief election agent) of Priyanka Tibrewal (candidate of BJP) beg to object to the nomination/declaration filed by Mamata Banerjee (candidate), set up by the All India Trinamool Congress party for 159 Bhabanipur assembly constituency for the election to the legislative assembly of West Bengal on the ground that the candidate has failed to disclose in paragraph 5(ii) particulars of the following pending criminal proceedings against her.”
Ghosh cited five cases against Mamata Banerjee filed under various sections of IPC in different police stations such as in Geeta Nagar, Jagiroad, North Lakhimpur Sadar and Udharbond.
Copies of relevant news reports have been annexed with the letter.
The letter has also cited two Supreme Court judgments in this regard. They include Public Interest Foundation versus Union of India and Resurgence India versus Election Commission of India and others.
Leader of opposition in the West Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari defeated Mamata Banerjee in the assembly election held earlier this year. The bypoll in Bhabanipur has been necessitated because Adhikari, a former confidante of Mamata Banerjee, defeated her in Nandigram in the assembly election held in March and April this year.
Priyanka Tibrewal, whom the BJP has fielded against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for the Bhabanipur by-election, is a lawyer for the post-poll violence cases in the state.