The situation of Covid-19 has shown an improvement in West Bengal for the last two months. The data shows that the number of Covid cases in the state in the month of July was 19.4 times less than the cases reported in May. At that time, after the five-week-long assembly elections in the state, the second wave of the epidemic had reached its peak, after which the Trinamool Congress is continuously pressurizing the Election Commission to hold by-elections.
Talking about the improvement in the situation of Corona, the ruling party of the state Trinamool Congress has started pressurizing the Election Commission to conduct elections in the first seven assembly constituencies. It is worth mentioning that in the last assembly elections, she had lost from Nandigram assembly constituency. Hence Mamata Banerjee needs to be elected by November 5 to continue as the Chief Minister.
After meeting the Election Commission in New Delhi last month, another TMC delegation led by party general secretary Partha Chatterjee handed over an appointment along with West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab on August 5. In which the Election Commission was requested to expedite the process of conducting elections on 7 seats.
“Three months have passed since the formation of the government, but no initiative has been taken by the Election Commission to hold these elections,” Chatterjee said. He further said that at present the situation is under control and elections can be held.
After the assembly elections in the state, there was a huge jump in the cases of corona. But as compared to 5,48,011 cases reported in May, only 28,236 cases were reported in the state in July. As a result the number of active cases came down from 87,048 on 31 May to 11,113 on 31 July.
The elections are to be held in Cooch Behar, Nadia, North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Kolkata and South 24-Parganas districts. Mamata Banerjee is expected to contest from her old constituency Bhawanipur. The ECI had recently conducted the Rajya Sabha bypolls in which TMC candidate Jawahar Sarkar won unopposed.