Kolkata: A poor voters` turnout of over 40
per cent was recorded in the by-election to the Bowbazar and
Sealdah assembly constituencies where Trinamool Congress
candidates locked horns with Left Front-supported nominees.
West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Sen told
reporters that the polling percentage was quite low compared
to 75 to 80 per cent recorded in past elections in the state.
The polling was peaceful in both constituencies.
Trinamool Congress fielded Sikha Mitra, wife of former
WBPCC president Somen Mitra who was elected for Lok Sabha on
a TC ticket, from Sealdah against CPI candidate Prabir Deb.
From the adjoining Bowbazar seat, TC put up Swarnakamal
Saha against LF-backed independent Minati Gomes. BJP fielded
Ajay Kumar Vajpayee from the seat.
The by-poll was caused due to disqualification of
assembly membership of Sudip Bandodpadhyay and Somen Mitra
from Bowbazar and Sealdah respectively after they sided with
Counting of votes for the seats would be taken up
on August 21.