The Trinamool Congress on Sunday named Nirmal Chandra Roy, who belongs to the Rajbongshi community, as its 0candidate for the Dhupguri Assembly bypoll, the ruling party said in a release.
The Dhupguri Assembly seat in Jalpaiguri district fell vacant following the death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Bishnu Pada Ray on July 25.
A professor at Dhupguri Girls College, Nirmal enjoys a clean image, sources said. Given that Dhupguri has a large number of voters belonging to the Rajbongshi community, the ruling party is likely to get political mileage by fielding Nirmal.
In Dhupguri, the CPI(M) is fielding local folk singer Ishwar Chandra Roy, who will be supported by the Congress.
The by-election which is scheduled to be held on September 5. The CPIM had held the Dhupguri seat from 1977 till 2016, after which the TMC bagged it. However, in 2021 the TMC lost the seat to the BJP after the sitting Trinamool MLA Mitali Roy lost to BJP’s Bishnu Pada Ray by a slim margin of over 4,000 votes.