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BJP launches campaign for Uluberia, Noapara seats

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The today kick started the campaign for the and Noapara assembly seat bypolls after the embarrassing episode over candidate selection.

candidate Anupam Mallick, a of the party's district organisation, kick started the campaign with a rally in their areas. Sandip Banerjee is the new candidate for Noapara assembly by-poll.

"started his campaign today. He will file his nomination tomorrow in the presence of our national general secretary and will file his nomination today and will start his campaign," Sayantan Basu said.

The BJP central leadership last evening had announced the candidature of Mallick and Banerjee.

The announcement of Banerjee from Noapara assembly seat came after the party faced an embarrassing situation following former TMC turning down the saffron party's offer to contest from Noapara seat.

The BJP central leadership had announced Basu's name as the party's candidate for the byelection on Sunday evening. Hours later, Basu had told reporters that she is still with the TMC.

The two-time TMC from Noapara assembly seat chose to speak little on the matter and said it was her personal decision to decline the offer.

The BJP had alleged that Basu was forced to decline the offer following threat and intimidation by TMC. The allegation which was denied by TMC leadership.

The TMC has announced the name of as its candidate from Noapara.

The Noapara assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Madhusudan Ghose a few months ago, while the LS seat will go to polls after the death of its of TMC in September.

The bypoll would be held for January 29 and counting of votes will take place on February 1.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 16:20 IST