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Mamata’s south Kolkata LS seat may be set aside for her nephew

Arindam Sarkar, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 25, 2013
First Published: 11:11 IST(25/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:05 IST(25/9/2013)

After three years, the South Kolkata parliamentary seat, which returned Mamata Banerjee to the Lok Sabha for six consecutive times out of her seven terms as MP before she resigned to become chief minister in 2011, would be set aside for her family during the Lok Sabha polls slated for 2014.

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If the political grapevine is right then Mamata’s nephew and All India Trinamool Congress Yuva president Abhishek Banerjee is being tipped as the party’s candidate from the Harish Chatterjee Street seat, instead of sitting MP and state Trinamool president Subrata Bakshi.

It is learnt that Mamata is toying with two options regarding Subrata Bakshi.

One is to nominate Subrata Bakshi as the Trinamool candidate from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, instead of the rebel sitting Trinamool MP Kabir Suman.

The second option being considered is to field the Trinamool Rashbehari MLA Sovandeb Chattopadhyay as Jadavpur Lok Sabha candidate.

And once the Rashbehari Assembly seat falls vacant, Mamata would get her lieutenant Subrata Bakshi elected from Rashbehari in an Assemby byelection and induct him into her Cabinet in 2014 middle.

“South Kolkata parliamentary seat is Mamata Banerjee’s pocket borough. Anybody who is nominated by her in that seat would win hands down,” said a Trinamool leader.

But Mamata’s changes for the mid-2014 Lok Sabha polls is not limited to just these two segments.

Performance of the MPs in the last five years, revolt against leadership and role of the MPs in inner-party factionalism are all being taken into account by the CM in deciding whether the sitting MP would be given ticket and allowed to contest the next election.

The name of Samir Chakrabar ty is doing the rounds for Barasat Lok Sabha seat, which is now held by Trinamool’s Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

The question being asked is whether she would be shifted to Barrackpore parliamentary seat, and in that case from where would sitting MP and former Union railways minister Dinesh Trivedi contest?

Sources said Bongaon MP Gobinda Naskar, Krishnanagar MP Tapash Pal, Ranaghat MP Sucharu Haldar and Bolpur MP Shatabdi Roy are unlikely to get tickets and the party would nominate new candidates in these parliamentary seats. For that matter, even Diamond Harbour MP Soumen Mitra is sceptical about his future.


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