JNU’s Aishe Ghosh among young leaders in Bengal CPI(M)’s candidate list

Published on Mar 10, 2021 11:40 PM IST
  • This is the first time the Bengal CPI(M), which is often described by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) as a party burdened with age, has fielded so many young leaders in a crucial assembly poll alongside veterans.
JNU president Aishe Ghosh, a leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI), will contest from Jamuria in Bengal's West Burdwan district. (HT PHOTO).
JNU president Aishe Ghosh, a leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI), will contest from Jamuria in Bengal's West Burdwan district. (HT PHOTO).

Aishe Ghosh, the 26-year-old students’ union president at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University who hit the headlines in January 2020 following an injury during campus violence, figures among a host of student and youth front leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), in the list of candidates of the Left parties for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls.

Ghosh, a leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI), will contest from Jamuria in West Burdwan district. She hails from the district’s Durgapur town.

This is the first time the Bengal CPI(M), which is often described by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) as a party burdened witage, has fielded so many young leaders in a crucial assembly poll alongside veterans.

Among the CPI(M)’s other young leaders who will contest the polls are SFI state secretary Srijan Bhattacharjee who will contest from Hooghly district’s Singur seat where the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) faces a tough challenge. Peeved on not being fielded, TMC's sitting MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya, an octogenarian, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last week.

Minakshi Mukherjee, state president of the CPI(M)’s youth front, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), will contest against chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari at Nandigram which earlier used to be a Left stronghold.

Bengal Left Front chairman and veteran CPI(M) leader Biman Bose on Wednesday released the names for most of the seats the Left parties will contest in the last six phases. Of Bengal’s 294 seats, names of Left candidates for the first 60 that goes to the polls in the first and second phase were announced last week.

Cleric Abbasuddin Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front (ISF) is also contesting as an ally of the third front. “The Congress and ISF will separately release the list of their candidates. The talks are still on,” said Bose.

SFI national general secretary Mayukh Biswas said, “This is the first time a sitting president of the JNU students' union is contesting an assembly poll. We are concerned about Ghosh's safety as Jamuria is a haven of the coal mafia.”

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