Nandigram by-election deferred to Jan 5

December 22nd, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) The Election Commission of India Monday deferred by-elections to West Bengal’s Nandigram and Sujapur assembly constituencies to Jan 5 next year citing lack of central forces. State chief electoral officer Debasish Sen said the by-election - scheduled to be held Dec 27 - was delayed by nine days to ensure availability of adequate Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

However, the by-elections to the Para seat in Purulia district would be held as scheduled Dec 27.

Nandigram in East Midnapore district had grabbed international attention last year after the Trinamool Congress-led opposition joined a large section of farmers in the area to launch a violent movement against the state’s Communist-led Left Front government’s decision to set up a chemical hub there.

After much bloodletting, the government abandoned plans for the chemical plant. But despite that Nandigram has continued to be tense, and sporadic inter-party clashes have been reported from time to time.

The by-poll to Sujapur in Malda district was necessitated after the death of legislator Ruby Noor (Congress) in July, while Nandigram fell vacant after the resignation of legislator Mohammed Ilyas (CPI).

Para is going to the polls as legislator Bilasibala Sahis (CPI-M) resigned after getting elected as president of the zilla parishad (district council).

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