Updated: September 9, 2021 5:33:24 am
The CPM on Wednesday named Sreejib Biswas as the Left Front candidate for the Bhabanipur by-election.
The youth leader has been fielded opposite Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who lost the Assembly polls from Nandigram and is eyeing a big win in her home segment to remain chief minister.
A practising lawyer at Alipur court, Biswas is a known face in Bhabanipur and this is precisely why he was picked to take on the Trinamool chief, said sources in the CPM.
After a meeting of its state secretariat on Wednesday, the CPM announced the name of its Bhabanipur candidate as well those for the polls to the Jangipur and Samserganj Assembly segments of Murshidabad that had been deferred because of the death of candidates during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The party also picked Md Modassar Hossain and Jane Alam Mian as its nominees from Samserganj and Jangipur segments.
While the CPM said that the candidates announced had the full support of the Left Front, it didn’t say if they had the backing of the United Front.
Under the banner of the United Front, the Left parties fought the last Assembly polls in coalition with the Congress and the Indian Secular Front (ISF).
The Congress, which is still in alliance with the Left in West Bengal, announced on Tuesday that it won’t field a candidate against Mamata in Bhabanipur.
In what was interpreted as a move against the wishes of the party’s West Bengal unit, the Congress high command decided not to contest the prized Assembly segment. The move has implications beyond the impending bypoll as it sends out broad hints that the grand old party might fight the 2024 Lok Sabha elections alongside the Trinamool, which would then put its alliance with the Left in jeopardy.
While the name of Kaltan Dasgupta, a leader of the CPM’s youthwing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), was initially considered for the Bhabanipur seat, the party eventually swayed in favour of Sreejib Biswas, who has been associated with the Left movement in the area.
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