Kolkata, April 13: The counting for the outcome of the bypoll in Kanthi Dakshin will begin today at 8 am and soon the West Bengal Kanthi Dakshin by-election results will be declared. As per reports, the polling for this constituency was held on April 9 and it recorded an estimate of 80 percentage of voter turn out till 5 pm on the polling day. The polling in Kanthi Dakshin constituency in east Midnapore district went peacefully, with voters turning up in large numbers in the polling booths spread across the constituency.
The reason why bypoll was necessitated in Kanthi Dakshin constituency is that Trinamool Congress (TMC) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Dibyendu Adhikari was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tamluk seat and that left this seat vacant. The major contenders are the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-CPI(M).
The five candidates in the fray are Chandrima Bhattacharya of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Sourindra Mohan Jana from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Uttam Pradhan of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-CPI(M), Nabakumar Nandi of Indian National Congress (INC) and a candidate from Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)-SUCI(C).
Deputy electoral officer, Amit Jyoti Bhattacharya said that the voter turn out on the polling day was approximately 82 % till 6 pm and the polling went peacefully. More than 2.5 lakh people exercised their right to vote on the polling day. Bhattacharya further said that no untoward incident took place on that day in or around the 258 polling booth spread around the constituency. Strict security was maintained by six companies of central forces and they were accompanied by the state police as well.
For TMC, a win in this constituency will mean retaining of power and will prove that the party is indeed maintaining a fortress in the state of West Bengal, but if any other party wins, especially if the BJP wins, this might be a threat and possible indication of the changing public opinion regarding TMC’s rule in West Bengal.