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Dissension within TMC against nominated candidate at Balurghat

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 14 2019 12:56PM
Dissension within TMC against nominated candidate at Balurghat
Balurghat/Kolkata, Mar 14 (HS): Within a few hours of releasing the list of party candidates for the coming Lok Sabha elections by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, large scale dissension within the ruling party has surfaced at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district about the selection of party candidate. Demanding ''re reconsideration'' of the nomination of TMC candidate and sitting MP Arpita Ghosh, a well known theater personality in Bengal, TMC South Dinajpur District President and noted lawyer Dulal Dhar said that they had already communicated their concern and unhappiness about the nomination of Ghosh to the Chief Minister. ''Since Arpita Ghosh did not visit her constituency frequently like others and failed to project herself as a grass root level worker of the party during the first five years of her tenure since 2014 and did not mix freely with the people, we do consider that her chances (of winning) this time was limited'', Dhar said over telephone. On whether the current dissension among the party workers about Ghosh''s re nomination was anything to do with these allegations, Dhar without making any direct comment, however, hinted positively. About the extent of intra party squabbles among Trinamool Congress workers in the district and whether that could also effect to a large extent the winning prospect of Ghosh, the district TMC leader once again refused to comment directly but nodded positively. But on the contrary Ghosh remained apparently unperturbed at this development, and left for the district this afternoon to resume her campaign at Balurghat constituency, situated about 250 km from Kolkata. To another query TMC South Dinajpur District president said that he had sent reports about the party workers'' dissent to the Chief Minister and was awaiting what steps she might take in this regard. He, however, reiterated that whatever instructions were given to him and to party workers by the party supremo, they would be followed in toto to ensure that the (Balurghat) seat would once again go to TMC''s kitty. Incidentally, this was the first such incident of dissension within the ruling TMC against a nominated candidate and after her name was announced by Banerjee. Now, it remains to be seen whether similar protest would also come to the fore elsewhere in the district to provide a massive blow to the ruling party''s prospect of winning all the 42 seats in Bengal. During 2014 General elections Arpita Ghosh defeated Bimalendu Sarkar of RSP by a margin of over one lakh votes to enter the lower house of Parliament for the first time. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Shri Ram Shaw\
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