An interesting battle is on the cards in Uttarakhand’s Sitarganj constituency, where the Congress candidate Malti Biswas who claims to be the wife of former Pradesh Congress Committee member Shyam Biswas, is pitted against independent candidate Binda Biswas, who claims she is the ‘real wife’ of Shyam Biswas.
Saurabh Bahuguna, the son of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna — who rebelled against chief minister Harish Rawat last year — too is contesting from the seat, on a BJP ticket.
Shyam is a bidi manufacturer who belongs to the Bengali community of Sitarganj, which constitutes close to 30% of the vote bank.
Both Binda, 52 and Malti, 56, have in their respective affidavits submitted at the SDM’s office, declared themselves wife of Shyam Prasad Biswas, with their address as Tagore Colony, Shakti Farm. Binda has declared assets of ₹48,690, while Malti has declared assets of Rs 71 lakh, with an income of Rs 6.93 lakh and Fortuner and Scorpio SUVs.
When contacted, Shyam said that Malti was his ‘legitimate’ wife, and Binda was spreading rumours about him.
“It’s a long story and I don’t want to talk about it any further” he said. Congress candidate Malti too refused to talk about the matter while claiming that she was Shyam’s wife.
Binda, however, said she was fighting the election as an independent against Malti and that it was a battle for justice and for restoring her lost pride.
Binda said she married Shyam in 1976 in Kolkata and he later took her to Vrindavan, where they settled down.
He then got embroiled in a case and moved to Sitarganj in Uttarakhand covertly. Her family had helped him with money and set up the beedi business, which subsequently flourished and Shyam’s fortunes changed.
She claimed that once when she was visiting her parents in Kolkata, Shyam had brought in Malti and started living with her. She said he had thrown her out of the house, and has been living separately with her married daughter and wraps bidis for a living.
Shyam has three daughters from Binda and two sons from Malti. Binda claimed she was determined to get justice and claiming her position in the society.