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Police impeded campaigning near Bengal CM’s residence: Left candidate

Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, who was accompanying candidate Srijib Biswas, said they have every right to campaign among the voters of the area but were being unlawfully prevented by the police.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: September 27, 2021 1:41:27 am
Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee also accused the saffron party of bringing in outsiders to create disturbances during the by-poll. (File photo)

The Left Front’s Bhabanipur by-poll candidate Srijib Biswas on Sunday alleged that the police impeded his campaign in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s neighbourhood in the city’s Kalighat area even though he had the requisite permission from the Election Commission. Biswas was accompanied by senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty who alleged that the police pushed around the candidate.

The police claimed the Left leaders and workers initially indulged in a scuffle after being told that only four people could enter the Harisha Chatterjee Street area where the chief minister’s home is located. Later, Biswas, Chakraborty and three more CPI(M) workers were allowed to campaign in the locality.

Chakraborty, a former MLA and parliamentarian, said, “It is like a king-queen reign in West Bengal. Letters have been given to the police. We had taken permission from the commission. This shows that Mamata Banerjee is scared. Our candidate has been pushed. Police obstructed him from campaigning.”

Dismissing the accusation and taking a dig at the Left, state minister and senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim said, “It is not the Left’s fault. Any scuffle or argument outside CM’s house attracts a lot of media attention. Mamata Banerjee is a big personality. If someone is successful in doing something in front of her house it will be national news. Nobody covers the CPM. Sujan da has not been on TV for a long time. Now through such action at this age people have been reminded that Sujan da is there.”

The Bhabanipur by-poll is scheduled to be held on Thursday along with the elections in Murshidabad district’s Samserganj and Jangipur areas that were countermanded during the Assembly polls in March-April.

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