Fashion-designer-turned-MLA Agnimitra Paul will run against Shatrughan Sinha of the Trinamool Congress in the by-election to the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP announced on Friday.
For the by-poll to Ballygunje assembly seat in Kolkata, the BJP’s women’s wing leader Keya Ghosh, a known face on TV debates, has been nominated as the party candidate. She was pitted against former union minister and Trinamool candidate Babul Supriyo.
The names were announced by the BJP central leadership in Delhi, the party’s West Bengal spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya told PTI.
By-polls in both seats will be held on April 12 and votes will be counted on April 16.
Ms Paul had been elected to the state assembly from the Asansol South seat in Paschim Bardhaman district last year on BJP ticket.
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee nominated actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha to contest from the industrial city of Asansol having a sizeable Hindi speaking population.
The Left Front fielded senior CPI(M) leader Partha Mukherjee as the candidate for the by-election in the Asansol Lok Sabha seat.
It named Saira Shah Halim of the CPI(M) as its candidate for the bypoll in the Ballygunge assembly seat. She is a known face on prime time debate shows on national news channels.
The by-poll to Asansol was necessitated as Mr Supriyo resigned as the BJP MP after joining the Trinamool in September last year.
The Ballygunge Assembly seat is going to the by-election as incumbent MLA and state minister Subrata Mukherjee died in November 2021.
Ms Paul could not be contacted for her comment as she did not reply to calls and text messages.
Keya Ghosh alleged that Mr Supriyo had acted in the most unethical manner by switching loyalties.
“Besides fighting against the TMC’s misrule and attack on democracy, my job will be to unmask Supriyo. He will be defeated in the by-poll,” she added.