Dissidents are not the monopoly of either Congress or Trinamool. Now, in an embarrassing blow to the Left, a Marxist candidate is standing against the Socialist Party MLA.
Not surprisingly the gesture of defiance from the sabhapati of Bhagabangola has not gone down well in a cadre-based party like the CPI(M). Nazrul Islam was also the pradhan of Mohammadpur for two terms.
A resident of Batikamari village, Nazrul Islam, is a party faithful and gets a monthly allowance of Rs 2, 000. However, his allowance may be stopped as he has been expelled by the CPI(M) as he did not withdraw his nomination even after being requested by the party leadership.
Mainul Hassan, CPI(M) MP in Rajya Sabha who is in-charge of this constituency, said, "This is a very unfortunate step. Such things happen during degeneration."
Nazrul Islam is defiant. "I have not left my party red faced. It was the sitting MLA of Socialist Party, Chand Mohammed and a section of top leaders of my party including zonal committee secretary Jarzis Hussain, who went against Communist ideology. Still Chand Mohammed has not been left out. My candidature is only a protest against corruption, nepotism and lobbying," said the Marxist rebel.
As Socialist Party depends on Big Brother, Nazrul Islam's candidature is threatening to erode support much like the embankment erosion of Padma River, which have swallowed areas in Bhagabangola such as Akhriganj and Charkuthibari and left thousands homeless.
Nazrul Islam said, "The CPI(M)'s zonal committee secretary Jarzis Hussain is an alcoholic. He along with a corrupt Chand Mohhamed and some top leaders of Socialist Party form an unholy nexus. I demanded a clean candidate but was turned down."
Not surprisingly Chand Mohammed rubbished the allegations and said people will reply at the EVM. Nazrul Islam, however, is not taking back his charge. "Remember, I am neither a dummy nor a dissident candidate. People have made me candidate. I do not have a single penny to fight the election. Voters are donating money for my candidature. I cannot tolerate deviation from communist ideology any more."
A section of local leaders of Socialist Party are batting for the Marxist rebel. Asadul Haque, the president of Socialist Party in Bhagabangola, said, "Chand Mohammed is known for takes bribes up to Rs 1 crore from locals who applied for jobs in the Integrated Child Development Scheme."
Nazrul Islam is fighting the poll on the torch symbol while Socialist Party's symbol is bicycle. "The torch will light up the area for the bicycles and I am fighting the election with torch to provide light to the misguided rider of the bicycle."
Nazrul Islam's rebellion is providing hope to the Sagir Hussain, the Trinamool candidate who has lost in the last two assembly polls. Complicating the picture is Saiyad Alamgir, block Congress president of Bahagangola-2, who is an Independent candidate against the alliance. Alamgir is backed by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.