SC to hear Congress plea against EC's decision on separate bypolls for 2 Rajya Sabha seats on Wednesday
The Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to urgently hear on 19 June a plea of the Gujarat Congress challenging the decision of the Election Commission to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state
So far, only TMC candidates have won the elections held for the Ranaghat seat. In 2009 polls, Sucharu Mohan Haldar won the seat while Tapas Mandal retained the seat for the TMC in 2014 polls.
Murshidabad is one of the four constituencies in West Bengal where Muslims are over 50 percent of the electorate. The contest here is expected to be between the Congress, TMC and the incumbent CPM.
In 2009 elections, the CPM lost the Mathurapur seat for the first time in 25 years as Choudhary Mohan Jatua of the TMC was elected as the MP. Jatua was re-elected in 2014 elections.
Congress leader Abu Hasem Khan Choudhary has been the MP in Malda Dakshin seat since 2009. The constituency shares similar demographic features like that observed in neighbouring Uttar Malda constituency.
The Krishnanagar constituency has a sizeable Muslim population (around 25 percent) as well as a chunk of Christian voters. Matua, a Namshudra socio-religious community, are found in good numbers in the constituency.
The local population in Cooch Behar constituency, apart from Bengalis, consist of Koch Rajbanshis, who claim to be the original inhabitants of the region.
Jhargram constituency is dominated by the tribal electorate. Tribals constitute 30 percent of the population in this constituency. The Santhals are the most dominant tribe, as they account for 50 percent of the total tribal population in the state.
Muslims are the single biggest chunk of electors in Jaynagar Lok Sabha constituency, comprising one-third of the electorate.
Jangipur is one of the most Muslim dominated constituencies in India, with at least 64 percent of the electorate belonging to the religious minority.
Since the 2009 polls, the Jadavpur seat is being held by the TMC. Sugata Bose is the sitting MP from Jadavpur. The seat is also significant for having elected stalwarts like Indrajit Gupta of the CPI, Somnath Chatterjee of the CPM and current chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Known for being the epicentre of the Singur protests, Hooghly is part of the industrial-agriculture belt in the state. In Hooghly, Muslims constitute at least 15 percent of the population, while tribal groups constitute approximately 5 percent of the population.
The constituency covers the area of Howrah, one of the oldest and heavily crowded places in Kolkata. Interestingly, estimates suggest that at least 25 percent of the population is non-Bengali, originating from Hindi-speaking areas of UP, Bihar and Rajasthan.