India Goes for Poll – Bikash Bhattacharya may contest Jadavpur Loksabha seat


By Faraque Ahamed KOLKATA, 10 MARCH – If everything goes smooth Mr Bikash Bhattacharya, a prominent lawyer and former mayor of the CPI-M-ruled Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), may contest from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency this time in the coming parliamentary elections. Once the bastion of Lefts now the stronghold of Didi Mamata. Expecting to turn around the table with mammoth task to fought out the Didi’s brothers on the ground.

The CPI-M state leadership has already prepared a preliminary list of several candidates like Mr Bhattacharya for Jadavpur, Md Selim for Raiganj, Abhas Chowdhury for Burdwan-Durgapur, Debolina Hembram for Jhargram, Dr Ramchandra Dom for Bolpur and professor Nandini Chakraborty for South Kolkata seats.

The list will be officially announced at Alimuddin Street, CPI-M headquarters in Bengal, by the beginning of the next week, party insiders said. “Let’s wait for the candidates’ list and then wr will comment,” a senior member of the CPIM State cmmietee said. The party is not in a mood to burn the bridges with the state Congress on its own. It prefers to wait for a final response from the Congress on two contentious Lok Sabha seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad – before taking a decision on seat-sharing with the party in the state. On Friday, the Left Front chairman Mr Biman Bose has officially announced fielding Md Selim and Badaruddoza Khan in the two disputed seats Raiganj and Murshidabad seats respectively virtually dropping the ball in the court of state Congress leaderships that also stick to its decision to nominate Mrs Dipa Dasmunshi and Abu Hena for the two constituencies. In 2014 parliamentary polls, Selim and Badaruddoza had won from Raiganj and Murshidabad seats respectively. 

“The Left Front, for the time being, wasn’t fielding any candidate for the four seats Congress had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls – Malda Uttar, Malda Dakshin, Jangipur and Behrampore. We stick to the formula of seat-sharing based on no mutual contest in constituencies where Left and Congress won in the last parliamentary polls,” Mr Bose said while speaking to reporters at Alimuddin Street. Congress high command in Delhi might have softened its stand on seat-sharing formula with the Left Front. On Saturday, the formula got a boost after the AICC president Mr Rahul Gandhi held talks with the CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri in Delhi to break the logjam over the two ‘disputed’ Lok Sabha seats Raiganj and Murshidabad. 

A CPI-M state committee member requesting anonymity said, “Our stand to field candidates in Raiganj and Murshidabad seats is reasonable as we had won these seats in 2014. Congress should consider our formula if they want an electoral alliance with the Left Front in Bengal this time to fight against BJP and Trinamul Congress.” 

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