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Sabang bypoll in West Bengal sees a slow start

Sabang bypoll in West Bengal sees a slow start

India BloomsNews Service | @indiablooms | 21 Dec 2017, 02:29 pm

Kolkata, Dec 21 (IBNS): West Bengal's Sabang constituency in Pashchim Midnapore district recorded a mere 15 per cent voting in the first two hours of Thursday's byelection, according to Election Commission, media reported.

The Sabang seat fell vacant after former Congress leader and now a TMC member, Manas Bhuiyan was elected member of the Rajya Sabha.

Bhuiyan had won the seat on Congress-Left Front ticket in 2016.

After he recently joined the TMC, the party has put his wife Geeta Rani Bhuiyan as their candidate.

The other leading contestants are Antara Bhattacharya of the BJP, Chiranjib Bhowmick of the Congress and Rita Mandal of the CPI(M).

Members of the opposition parties have alleged that their polling agents were driven away by the TMC, a claim that the ruling party denied, according to media reports.