Kolkata, 6th January: Polling for the Sujapur Assembly by-elections ended peacefully on Monday. “The voting was peaceful,” said IG (law and order) Raj Kanojia. District police chief Satyajit Banerjee said initial reports suggest that about 80 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise.
The counting of votes will be held on January 9. The assembly seat fell vacant after the death of Congress MLA Rubi Noor, the sister of veteran Congress leader A B A Ghani Khan Choudhury. The Congress fielded 27-year-old Mousam Benajir Noor, daughter of Rubi Noor.
Benajir had recently obtained a law degree from the Calcutta University. The Trinamool Congress decided not to field any candidate as a tribute to the late Congress leader. Benajir’s contender is CPI(M)’s Haji Ketabuddin who had garnered 65 per cent votes from Sujapur in the May 2008 panchayat polls.
Twelve companies of paramilitary forces were deployed in the constituency and additional police personnel from adjoining districts like Murshidabad, and North and South Dinajpur districts have been called in to maintain law and order.