Suvendu urges EC to reject Mamata’s papers, cites cases in Assam

In a letter to the returning officer of Nandigram constituency in East Midnapore, the TMC-turncoat alleged that the CM did not declare the cases by Assam Police and the CBI in her nomination papers.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari files his nomination as the party's candidate from Nandigram for West Bengal Elections 2021, on Friday.(ANI Photo)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari files his nomination as the party's candidate from Nandigram for West Bengal Elections 2021, on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 16, 2021 07:14 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari, who has been pitted against Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram constituency for the April 1 polls, on Monday sought rejection of the chief minister’s nomination for not declaring the criminal cases against her.

In a letter to the returning officer of Nandigram constituency in East Midnapore, the TMC-turncoat alleged that the CM did not declare the cases by Assam Police and the CBI in her nomination papers.

“Under the circumstances, we humbly pray that the nomination of the candidate Mamata Banerjee be forthwith rejected,” Adhikari’s letter read.

The BJP leader, who was once a close aide to the chief minister, alleged that at least five cases are pending against the latter in Geeta Nagar, Pan Bazaar, Jagiroad, North Lakhimpur and Udharbond in Assam.

A senior CBI official, however, said the woman named in the case was a different woman and not the TMC supremo. The accused’s name was also Mamata Banerjee, the official said, preferring anonymity.

“The central government employee was employed in Asansol, Durgapur zone, at that time. Even though his wife Mamata Banerjee was not named in the FIR, her name was later included in the charge sheet. This is not the chief minister,” the CBI official said.

Responding to Adhikari’s allegation, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said: “It is shameful. The BJP is trying to malign the chief minister and casting aspersions against her by linking her to a case in which another person has been named. He knows very well that he would lose...So he is resorting to such malicious propaganda.”

Bengal govt changes security incharge

The West Bengal government on Monday appointed IPS officer Gyanwant Singh as the new director, security, a day after IPS officer Vivek Sahay was removed from the post by the ECI over the March 10 incident in Nandigram in which the CM was injured.

Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay decided to appoint Singh, who was earlier the additional director of security, after a meeting with DGP P Nirajnayan who was recently appointed by the poll panel.

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