Battle line drawn for Durgapur Municipal election

CPI(M) candidate of Ward No. 39 for Durgapur Municipal Corporation election showing the marks of bomb hurled at her house

Durgapur News Desk, 28 July 2017: Battle line for the Durgapur Municipal polls has been drawn after the last date for withdrawal of nomination paper ended yesterday. Elections for the Durgapur civic body is scheduled to be held for 13 August while counting will be on 17 August.

Out of the total 43 wards under the Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC), polls are to be held only for 42 wards, as the TMC candidate for ward no. 17, Madhusudhan Mondal has already bagged the seat after Congress candidate Rehana Barki and BJP candidate Anal Kumar Sahu withdrew their nomination papers yesterday.

Congress district president (Industrial) Debesh Charkaborty alleged that on 26 July night, Trinamul activists attacked Rehana Barki’s house and threatened her of dire consequences if she doesn’t withdraw her nomination paper.

On 26 July TMC activists allegedly attacked and threw bombs at CPI(M) candidate for ward no. 39 Anita Sarkar’s house. She too was threatened to withdraw her papers. But she stood firm about contesting the election.

On the same night, supporters of the ruling party allegedly threatened Congress candidate for ward no. 9, Jayita Prasad. CPI candidate from ward no. 15 Kakoli Mondol withdrew her nomination papers on 26 July (Wednesday) allegedly due to threatening by ruling party activists.

On Monday, a CPI(M) rally in ward no. 39 in support of their candidate Anita Sarkar was attacked by TMC activists in the Ashis Nagar locality. CPI(M) Zonal secretary Pankaj Roy Sarkar and SFI leader Subhojit Roy were attacked. Subhojiot was later admitted to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital with injuries on head.

Trinamul district president refuted all the charges saying, “These are all false allegation by the opposition, just to draw media attention and much needed voters sympathy.”

Doubts are already rife over a free and fair Durgapur civic body poll.

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