KOLKATA: The BJP on Tuesday released 13 more names to complete its list of 294 candidates for the Bengal assembly poll. Actor Mithun Chakraborty, who sparked speculation following his enrolment on the voters’ list of the Cossipore-Belgachhia constituency, does not feature on the list.
Chakraborty is likely to lead a road show for BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari next week and BJP leaders have not ruled out chances of his still being fielded from a constituency. The actor had shared the Brigade dais with PM Modi earlier this month.
BJP bid to pacify Matua Thakurbari
BJP north Kolkata president Shibaji Singha Roy was nominated from this seat after Trinamool councillor in the outgoing Kolkata Municipal Corporation Tarun Saha refused to contest on a BJP ticket. The party fielded Debabrata Majhi from Chowringhee following former state Congress president Somen Mitra’s widow Shikha Mitra’s refusal to join the BJP.
The party shifted economist and Presidency College alumnus Ashok Lahiri from Alipurduar to Balurghat in South Dinajpur following cadre resentment and fielded Lt General (Retd) Subrata Saha from the Rashbehari constituency in south Kolkata.
The list also contained evidence of the party’s efforts to pacify the Matua Thakurbari in the Matua heartland of Nadia and North 24 Parganas spread over seven assembly segments reserved for Scheduled Castes.
Bongaon MP Santanu Thakur’s brother and Thakurbari member, Subrata Thakur, was nominated from Gaighata though their father, former Trinamool minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, did not get a ticket.
The announcement came four days before Modi is set to pay a visit to the birthplace of Matua gurus Guruchand Thakur and Harichand Thakur, at Orakandi in Bangladesh, on March 27.
The party, though, sought to balance Gaighata nomination in Bongaon North (Ashok Kirtania) and Bagda (MLA Biswajit Das, who had a tiff with the Bongaon MP). Former Congress-turned-Trinamool councillor Subrata Moitra is the party’s candidate from Behrampore.