The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not mention about pending criminal cases in her nomination papers for Bhabanipur by-poll. The saffron party has also filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the TMC chief.
While the BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer by profession, CPI(M) has fielded lawyer Srijib Biswas from the seat. Congress has refrained from taking part in the by-election.
The party has declared that Mamata Banerjee, who must win the bypoll to remain Chief Minister, after she failed to win from Nandigram in the April-May election, was only required to disclose details of cases if she is actually named in the charge sheet. Earlier the Chief Election Agent for the BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal - the party's candidate for the bypoll - wrote to the Bhabanipur Returning Officer to register his complaint.
Banerjee was first elected to the Assembly in a by-poll from Bhabanipur months after the TMC stormed to power ousting the 34-year-old Left Front dispensation in 2011. She represented South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat, of which Bhabanipur is a segment, 6 times.