The Trinamool Congress on Monday disagreed with its national general secretary Mukul Roy’s statement on the party’s selection of candidates for the upcoming Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections.
Mukul, who claimed the party “hardly experimented with the choice of candidates and put its bet on old faces”, faced sharp reactions from the leaders whose relatives have been pitched as candidates.
State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, whose sister Tanima Chatterjee would contest from Ward 87, said: “I don’t want to react to what Roy has said but while selecting candidates, the only strategy which the party followed was that ticket would be given to the candidate who has the ability to win.”
TMC sources said relatives of leaders — from the top rung to the ward level — were given preference as the leadership instructed that candidates with maximum chances of winning were to be pitched.
Party’s newly-appointed general secretary, Subrata Bakshi’s brother Sandip Bakshi would contest from Ward 72; Sams Iqbal, son of Md Iqbal is the candidate from Ward 134; Faiz Ahmed Khan, son of Minister for Disaster Management Javed Ahmed Khan has been pitched from Ward 66. Interestingly, this ward, reserved for women in the last municipal election, was contested by Javed Khan’s wife, Rafat Javed.
TMC MLA Iqbal Ahmed’s daughter Sana Ahmed will be in the fray from Ward 62, KMC chairman Satchida Nanda Banerjee’s son-in-law would be contesting from ward 110 and Jolly Bose, wife of Rabin Bose is the candidate fromWard 59.
Bose denied it was “dynasty politics”. “I have been with Mamata Banerjee since 1998 and was an active member of the party’s youth wing. My faith in her has been honoured and I am happy about it. There is no question of dynasty politics. The CM had decided upon the deserving names and those she thinks are most likely to win,” Bose said.