Mamata Banerjee seems assured of victory. So, what makes Bhabanipur bypoll so interesting?

Bhabanipur is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dwelling constituency. Various information experiences have been quoting senior residents from Bhabanipur recalling the rising up days of Mamata Banerjee within the locality. It homes her residence at Kalighat.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been asserting {that a} victory for Mamata Banerjee is definite on the Bhabanipur meeting seat. It can also be taken without any consideration that the ruling social gathering at all times has an edge within the bypolls.

Still the Bhabanipur bypoll has seen uncommon consideration. It is sort of forgotten by many who Jangipur and Shamsher Ganj within the Murshidabad district of West Bengal are additionally voting the identical day as South Kolkata’s Bhabanipur on September 30.


Mamata Banerjee has campaigned for Bhabanipur bypoll door-to-door, visiting temples, mosques and gurdwaras in dwelling constituency. The TMC marketing campaign had the slogan, ‘ghorer meykey’ (woman of the household) to drive dwelling some extent that the rivals are ‘outsiders’.

There are 12 candidates in fray at Bhabanipur together with 5 ladies. Mamata Banerjee’s strongest rival seems to be Priyanka Tiberwal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

An intense marketing campaign by Mamata Banerjee was cited by the TMC as proof of the chief minister being a street-fighter and grassroots chief. But it additionally gave the BJP a cause to construct its narrative that Mamata Banerjee is feeling the warmth having misplaced the Nandigram seat regardless of adopting an identical marketing campaign mode.

“Have you ever seen a sitting chief minister doing so much of campaigning to win a bypoll,” BJP chief and Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh was quoted as saying in his bid to elucidate the ‘scenario’ on Mamata Banerjee’s dwelling turf.

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The TMC ran the 2021 West Bengal marketing campaign on Bangla pleasure dubbing the BJP a celebration of outsiders. Incidentally, 40 per cent of the voters in Bhabanipur are ‘outsiders’.

In their media interactions, the TMC leaders had been seen asserting that they’d acquired votes from Marwari, Gujarati and different non-Bengali communities within the Bhabanipur constituency.

In what is being seen as Mamata Banerjee versus Priyanka Tiberwal contest, the TMC appears to be like assured of 20 per cent Muslim voters in Bhabanipur. The BJP, nevertheless, banks on non-Bengali Hindu voters (round 32-35 per cent) to offer Mamata Banerjee a troublesome combat.

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The Congress was an ally of Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in 2011 however in 2016 the Congress had come second. Party candidate Deepa Dasmunshi, the spouse of Congress stalwart Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, had polled 29 per cent votes.

Earlier this yr, the Congress had completed third within the meeting election at Bhabanipur. However, whereas the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) fielded its candidate, the Congress didn’t nominate a contestant to minimise division of votes that will favour the BJP.


Priyanka Tiberwal is a lawyer who took up the authorized combat within the case of alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal. Her nomination was seen by many because the BJP placing up a weak candidate towards Mamata Banerjee.

However, the presence of a big chunk of non-Bengali voters in Bhabanipur makes Priyanka Tiberwal a possible darkish horse within the bypoll contest. The composition of the citizens noticed the BJP sending Union ministers Hardeep Puri and Smriti Irani to marketing campaign in Bhabanipur.

The BJP additionally despatched Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwari, a preferred Bhojpuri singer-turned-politician, in its bid to woo a sizeable quantity of voters from Bihar, Jharkhand and japanese Uttar Pradesh.

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Post-poll violence was presumably the one problem of consequence within the Bhabanipur meeting bypoll. While Mamata Banerjee banked on dwelling benefit and private join with the constituency, the BJP raked up the difficulty of post-poll violence.

BJP supporters felt vindicated on the ultimate day of ballot marketing campaign as senior Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was heckled and his safety personnel pushed and shoved by TMC supporters. Dilip Ghosh later complained to the Election Commission saying his life was at stake in the course of the “attack by the TMC cadre”.

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Weather could play spoilsport in Bhabanipur. The meteorological division has predicted heavy rainfall in Bhabanipur and surrounding areas center of the week as a result of low strain build-up within the Bay of Bengal.

Bhabanipur isn’t recognized for top voting proportion, it stays round 50 per cent. Kolkata area has already seen heavy rainfall previously one week resulting in water logging at many locations. If climate turns into inclement on polling day and a decrease polling is recorded, Bhabanipur might see a tighter than anticipated election.

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