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Bypoll at a glance

Civic bypolls will be held in two wards of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) and as many in neighbouring municipalities on Friday. Polling will start at 7am and those who join the queue till 3pm will be allowed to vote. Friday will be a dry day in all four wards.

Ward 1 of CMC

• Location: The ward includes Northern Avenue, parts of Tallah and Cossipore in north Calcutta

• Why the bypoll: Death of Trinamul councillor Ila Dam

• Candidates: Sita Jaisoara of Trinamul, Anjali Chowdhury of the CPM and Mamata Singh of the Congress. All three are associated with local politics

• Pet peeve: “We don’t have too many complaints. Whoever wins has to focus on improving civic services,” said resident and former councillor Kanailal Ganguly

Ward 24 of the CMC

• Location: The ward stretches from Notun Bazar to Rabindra Kanan, off Rabindra Sarani, in north Calcutta

• Why the bypoll: Death of Trinamul councillor Mihir Saha, who had been representing the ward since 1985

• Candidates: Trinamul has fielded Saha’s son Mrinal. He will take on Dilip Pande of the Forward Bloc and Purnima Kothari of the BJP

• Pet peeve: “The place is congested. Illegal parking is one of our biggest problems,” said Manoj Tiwari, a resident

Ward 13 of Bidhannagar Municipality

• Location: The ward includes FC, FD, FE and FF blocks of Salt Lake

• Why the bypoll: Death of CPM councillor Geeta Biswas

• Candidates: Banibrata Banerjee of Trinamul, Soumojit Raha of the CPM, Pramita Saha of the Congress and Debasish Das of the BJP

• Pet peeve: Bad roads, inadequate supply of drinking water and lack of cleanliness. “We expect our next councillor to address the basic civic issues of the ward,” said resident Chitrangada Banerjee

Ward 23 of Rajarhat-Gopalpur Municipality

• Location: The ward stretches from Joramandir on VIP Road till VIP Enclave.

• Why the bypoll: Death of CPM councillor Bhupati Sengupta, who was also vice-chairman of the municipality

• Candidates: Debesh Saha of Trinamul, Jyotirmoye Mukherjee of the CPM and Somnath Chakrabarty of the BJP

• Pet peeve: Waterlogging. Accumulated water takes hours to drain out, say residents. “Before every election parties promise that they will solve the problem. But once the election is over the leaders forget all their assurances,” said resident Tapan Dasgupta