The voting for the high-voltage Bhabanipur bypoll in which Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will compete against Bharatiya Janata Party's Priyanka Tibrewal began on at 7 am on Thursday. The Bhabanipur bypoll is a must-win for Mamata Banerjee to remain the Chief Minister of West Bengal as her six-month deadline to become a member of the state Assembly comes to end.Besides Bhabanipur, polling for by-elections would also be held in Jangipur and Samserganj seats in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.
The election commission (EC) has said that 6.97 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the three constituencies, adding that the counting of votes will take place on October 3. It has also deployed 72 companies of central forces in the three constituencies, of which 35 are stationed in Bhabanipur alone
7:30 hours: In Bhabanipur, Mamta Banerjee is up against BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal.
7:20 hours: The Bhabanipur bypoll is a must-win for Mamata Banerjee to remain the Chief Minister of West Bengal.