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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Krishnendu Choudhury Takes Initiative, ECI Issues NOC to Malda Book Fair


MALDA, 17 JAN: The election commission of India (ECI) finally sanctions approval to Nalda district book fair that was dramatically declared postponed by the district administrations on the ground of non-receipt of no objection from the ECI. The decision rocked the district and strong reactions poured in from all walks of the society - intelligentsias to the common people. Today the tourism minister and chairman of English Bazaar Municipality (EBM) Krishnendu Choudhury took initiative to contact the state administration in this regard and the no objection letter from the ECI reached the district felicitating the happiness of the readers.


Book Fair Inauguration programme in Malda
Krishnendu Choudhury
It may be mentioned that 24 Malda Book Fair, regarded as the second largest book fair of the state, received a blow yesterday when uncertainty loomed large since yesterday morning just before the inauguration. The district administrative officials said that as the notification of English Bazaar by-election was made on 11 January, the model code of conduct (MCC) came to force. Hence, they were not sure whether the holding of the book fair would violate the MCC.

Hence, district administrations suddenly became over-active in preventing the book fair as the officials said that their query regarding book fair was still unanswered by the ECI.

Meanwhile, the fair was inaugurated and then the additional district magistrate and the sub divisional officer reached the book fair ground and asked the organizers to postpone the book fair. Finally, district library officer (DLO) Mononjan Roy declared that the fair would remain suspended till the receipt of no objection from ECI’s letter.

 From yesterday hundreds of book lovers urged the tourism minister Mr Choudhury to take an instrumental role in resuming the book fair. Mr Choudhury said, “I was also shocked at the postponement of book fair. Hence, I contacted my ministerial colleagues and the state administrations finally took up the matter with the state election department.”

Today the much awaited NOC from the ECI came to the district. In a letter to the principal secretary of the mass education extension and library sciences the joint electoral officer of the state Saibal Barman said that the ECI has no objection to the holding of Malda Book Fair, 2013. At the same time Mr Barman said that it should be noticed so that the book fair is not used for any political propaganda.

After the NOC came Mr Choudhury said, “I am happy the state government as well as the ECI has valued the sentiments of the thousands of book lovers and the book fair is once again in full swing.”

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