A bitter family fight has come out in the open this Assembly polls. So much so that the mama-bhagne duo (maternal uncle and nephew) do not even want to see each others faces. Indus Assembly constituency in Bankura is witnessing such a fight where Gurupada Mete from Trinamool is taking on his nephew Santanu Bora from CPI(M).
A once good relationship turned sour on political lines. Since the past seven years, both are not in talking terms with each other. The duo has also entered in a slander campaign against each other.
Mete, who is the block president of Trinamool, blames his nephew for the rift.
"I contested in the 2003 panchayat election against CPI(M). They socially boycotted me in the area and forced people to follow their diktat. Those were horrible days, when I could not even fetch water from local taps or ponds. They ran a rule of fear here," said Mete.
"At that time I was shocked to see that Bora, despite being my nephew, did not try to help me. He sided up with the party. I decided to cut off all links with him and his family," said the 47-year-old Trinamool politician.
The hatred is mutual, as Bora alleged Trinamool of carrying on atrocities on the people.
"He (Mete) is my maternal uncle, but I have no links with him. He is contesting against me. I have nothing so say about that," said Bora, the CPI(M) zonal committee member.
"People know me and I am confident that they will cast their votes in my favour," said Bora.
Bora, 42, works as a peon in the local high school and is the son of late CPI(M) member Bodan Bora. Both Mete and Bora, while campaigning, accused each other of committing atrocities in the area since the Lok Sabha elections. Accusations and counter-accusations rule poll graffiti and campaigns of both candidates too.
"Trinamool is carrying out atrocities on common people. Many were driven out of their homes. I was forced to flee from my home a number of times," said Bora.
Mete's elder sister and Bora's mother - Annapurna Bora - has chosen a side. She has opted to be with her son than her brother.
On May 7, local residents will hit the polling station and choose either the uncle or the nephew. Both mama and bhagne are contesting polls for the first time.