Note for vote: Now it’s CPM

Before the controversies regarding Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav allegedly distributing cash at a function dies down,CPM candidate Amitava Nandy from Dum Dum constituency has raised eyebrows of the Election Commission.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 14, 2009 2:53 am

Before the controversies regarding Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav allegedly distributing cash at a function dies down,CPM candidate Amitava Nandy from Dum Dum constituency has raised eyebrows of the Election Commission.

The EC has asked the district magistrate of North 24 Parganas to submit a report after receiving a complaint against Nandy for allegedly distributing cheques and cash to relatives of deceased members of a local bus union during a function.

“The incident has been brought to my notice. I will take appropriate steps after receiving the report,” Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen said.

The incident took place during a blood donation camp organised by the bus union near Dum Dum Park. Sougata Roy,the Trinamool candidate from Dum Dum constituency,said,“ Nandy was distributing money at the programme.”

Nandy,however,denied the charges. “This is a false allegation to politicise the issue as the polls are round the corner. The money was given by the union to relatives of its deceased members. I was present at the camp as a guest but I did not distribute cheques and cash,” said Nandy.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee termed the incident shameful. “It is a shameful act by the CPM. It seems they can go to any extent for winning the elections. I have asked party secretary Mukul Roy to lodge an official complaint with the Election Commission in this regard,” said Banerjee.

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