Bypolls for South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency, which was vacated by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee following her election to the state assembly earlier this year, will be held on November 30. Banerjee, who was sworn in as chief minister on May 20, had held the seat since 1991.
Bypolls would also be held in eight assembly constituencies — Nalagarh and Rainka in Himachal Pradesh, Ratia and Adampur in Haryana, Umerkote in Orissa, Laukaha in Bihar, Mandu in Jharkhand and Bellary in Karnataka.
The notification for the polls would be issued on November 5, and the polls would be held on November 30. The last date for nominations is November 12. The counting of votes would take place on December 4 and results would be declared the same day, said Election Commission officials.
Sources in the state government and the Trinamool Congress, however, said they were unhappy with the dates as “developmental initiatives which are on schedule will be affected”.
“Chief secretary Samar Ghosh will write to the chief election commissioner seeking re-scheduling. The dates were announced abruptly,” said a source at the Writers’ Building.