Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Didi’s day-by-day Bengal blueprint - Mamata drops candidates from list

Calcutta, March 21: Mamata Banerjee today dropped some candidates from her list for the Assembly polls.

Those dropped include Tarak Banerjee (Entally), Partha Pratim Das (Khejuri) and Mohua Moitra (Jalangi).

Tarak has been replaced by Swarnakamal Saha, the president of the Bengal Bus Syndicate. Tarak had said yesterday that he would not contest the Entally seat.
Trinamul sources said Mamata was “angry” with him for “breaking party discipline”.
Saha had not been named in the list of 228 candidates Mamata announced on Friday as his Bowbazar seat no longer exists.

Das, the Trinamul candidate from Khejuri, was dropped as he had been arrested the night before the list was announced. He has been accused in seven cases, including murder. Ranjit Mandal has replaced Das.

Das’s wife Lipika said district Trinamul leaders had informed her about the decision.
“I went to the office of the sub-divisional officer and came to know that any one can contest elections unless he or she is convicted in a criminal case. My husband has only been arrested, not convicted. This is a conspiracy against my husband and Mamata has insulted him,” Lipika said.

Mohua, the Trinamul candidate from Jalangi, has had to make way for Idrish Ali.

Ali was the Trinamul candidate from Canning (East) but the party today gave the seat to the Congress.
Courtesy: The Telegraph Ca.

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