KOLKATA: The by-election for Darjeeling Assembly seat will now be held on May 19, according to the Election Commission.
The by-election for the Darjeeling Assembly seat was necessitated after its sitting MLA Amar Singh Rai resigned to contest Lok Sabha polls from the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency.
According to the Election Commission, the results of the by-polls will be announced along with the results of the seven-phased 2019 Lok Sabha election on May 23.
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee had last month announced that Amar Singh Rai, the current MLA from Darjeeling, will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election as its candidate.
Informing the press, Mamata had said, “Trinamool Congress will contest the general election from Darjeeling. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) MLA Amar Singh Rai will resign from the Assembly and contest the Lok Sabha polls on a TMC ticket.”
Answering a follow-up question, Banerjee said, “our cadres will work together right from booth level to the top. He (Rai) will contest on our symbol, I am very happy.”
“He is a 'Bhoomiputra',” Mamata remarked.