The counting of votes began today for the Chowringhee and Basirhat Dakhin Assembly seats in West Bengal where by-polls were held on September 13, state Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.
The fate of a total 14 candidates in the fray would be decided–nine in the prestigious Chowringhee constituency and five in Basirhat Dakshin in North 24-Parganas district which borders Bangladesh. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

Chowringhee seat was won by Sikha Mitra of Trinamool Congress in the 2011 Assembly elections. The by-election fell due after the resignation of Mitra from TMC. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

Trinamool has fielded Nayana Bandyopadhyay, wife of the leader of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party Sudip Bandyopadhyay, from the Chowringhee Assembly segment. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

BJP, which has emerged as a major contender this time, has put up its state secretary and spokesman Ritesh Tiwari from the Chowringhee seat.

Santosh Pathak is the Congress candidate and Faiyaz Ahmed Khan is the CPI(M) nominee from the seat.

Basirhat Dakshin Assembly seat was won by CPI(M)’s Narayan Mukhopadhyay in 2011. The by-election was caused due to his death.

Like Chowringhee, TMC, BJP, Congress and CPI(M) have fielded their candidates in the Basirhat Dakshin seat.

Former Indian soccer captain Dipendu Biswas is the Trinamool candidate while BJP has fielded Samik Bhattacharya, who had contested the last Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket from Basirhat LS seat.

Asit Majumder and Mrinal Chakrabarty are contesting from Basirhat Dakshin as Congress and CPI(M) candidates respectively.