By-election Results 2019 Live Updates: Counting of votes for the West Bengal and Uttarakhand by-elections has begun with the final results expected to be declared by 5pm. The Karimpur, Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj Assembly seats in West Bengal and Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh seat went to polls on Monday.
— For the ruling TMC and the BJP, the bypolls in West Bengal will be a litmus test before the 2021 state elections. The Congress and the CPI(M) that have come together after three years to contest the by-elections accused both the BJP and the TMC of vitiating the democratic atmosphere of the state.
— The Kaliaganj seat fell vacant after sitting MLA Parmatha Nath Ray died earlier this year. The other two seats went to polls as their MLAs — Trinamool’s Mohua Moitra and BJP’s Dilip Ghosh — were elected as members of parliament in May.
— Violence was reported in Bengal when 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.
— Congress nominee Dhitashree Roy, supported by the CPI(M), is pitted against TMC’s Tapan Deb Sinha and BJP’s Kamal Chandra Sarkar at Kaliaganj. In Karimpur, the CPI(M)-Congress candidate Gholam Rabbi is in the reckoning against Majumdar and the ruling TMC’s Bimalendu Singha Roy. In Kharagpur Sadar, the contestants are Prem Chandra Jha of BJP, Chittaranjan Mandal of the Congress-CPI(M) alliance and Pradip Sarkar of the TMC.
— In Uttarakhand, polling was held peacefully and 47.48 per cent of the electorate cast their vote by 5 pm, Pithoragarh District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer VK Jogdande said.
— Residents of Deodar village boycotted the bypoll, citing non-fulfilment of their demand for a link road. Despite much persuasion by officials, none of the461 voters in the village turned up to vote, Assistant Returning Officer Vidya SagarKapri said.
— The seat had fallen vacant after the death of sitting MLA and Cabinet Minister Prakash Pant in June. Pant’s wife Chandra is taking on Congress’ Anju Lunthi in the bypoll. Samajwadi Party’s Lalit Mohan Bhatt is the third contestant.