Results for bypolls to three West Bengal Assembly constituencies — Karimganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj — will be announced on Thursday. Counting of votes began at 8 am. The results will be declared amid a strain between the supporters of the Trinamool Congress and BJP over an attack on a BJP candidate during voting on Monday.
Results will also be declared for the assembly by-election in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of sitting MLA and cabinet minister Prakash Pant in June. Mr Pant’s wife Chandra took on the Congress’s Anju Lunthi in the bypoll. Samajwadi Party’s Lalit Mohan Bhatt is the third contestant.
In Bengal, the BJP’s Karimpur candidate, Jay Prakash Majumdar, was heckled, assaulted and kicked into bushes by the side of the road by Trinamool supporters during polling.
Despite the violence, the assembly segments recorded an impressive overall voter turnout.
“The average voting percentage was 75.48 per cent. The turnout was 77.17 per cent in Kaliaganj, 67.62 per cent in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23 per cent in Karimpur,” the Election Commission had said.
The three seats were held by different parties – Karimganj belonged to the Trinamool, Kharagpur to the BJP and Kaliaganj to the Congress.