West Bengal Uluberia by-election result: Who is Sajda Sultan Ahmad, TMC candidate who defeated BJP, CPI(M)

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New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2018 3:39:51 PM

West Bengal Uluberia by-election result 2018: Mamata Banerjee led TMC clean sweeps the West Bengal by-elections. Sajda Sultan Ahmad, the widow of TMC leader and MP from Uluberia seat Sultan Ahmad, secured her husband's 'legacy' quite comfortably.

West Bengal Uluberia by-election result 2018: Sajda Sultan Ahmad secures Uluberia seat comfortablyWest Bengal Uluberia by-election result 2018: Sajda Sultan Ahmad secures Uluberia seat comfortably

West Bengal Uluberia by-election result 2018: It seems the choice was always clear for Uluberia constituency of West Bengal. The bypoll results simply stated a known fact. TMC candidate for the seat Sajda Sultan Ahmad, the widow of TMC leader and MP from Uluberia seat Sultan Ahmad, secured her husband’s ‘legacy’ quite comfortably. The seat saw no close contention during the vote count and the writing was always on the wall for other candidates in the fray. Sajda Sultan Ahmad became active in the politics after her husband Sultan Ahmad’s death.

In Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency, the bye-election was necessitated by the death of TMC MP Sultan Ahmed. Perhaps, the TMC played a clever move to retain the Uluberia parliamentary seat by fielding Sultan Ahmed’s widow, Sajda. The CPI(M)-led Left Front nominated Sabiruddin Molla, the Congress fielded S K Madassar Hossain Warsi and the BJP, its district committee leader, Anupam Mallik. Five independent candidates were also in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat. However, Sajda Sultan Ahmad swept the elections by a substantial margin. Be it the first round of vote count or the second or the third, her opponents were never ahead of her.

Notably, Sajda’s husband Sultan Ahmad was a senior TMC leader and held the Union Minister of State for Tourism in the Manmohan Singh government. Sultan Ahmed died on 4 September 2017 at the age of 64 of cardiac arrest. Notably, Sultan Ahmed had been a two-time Congress MLA from Entally ( 1987–91 and 1996–2001) before joining Trinamool Congress. On his death, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee took to her Twitter handle to condole his death saying, “Shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of Sultan Ahmed sitting @AITCOfficial LS MP & my long-term colleague. Condolences to his family.” Sultan Ahmad won the Uluberia two times – in 2009 and in 2014.

The Trinamool Congress also clinched the Noapara by-elections with Sunil Singh defeating his opponents with a huge margin.

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