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Sunday, February 9, 2014

RS Cross-voting may repeat in DPSC election in Malda

Malda, 7 February, 2014: After Rajya Sabha election, possibility of cross voting seems to be obvious in ensuing election of district primary school council (DPSC) in panchayat samity (PS) and zilla parishad (ZP) categories to be held on 20 February.

7 February was the scheduled for collection of submission of nomination papers for six seats of DPSC. Nomination papers would be scrutinized on 10 February and the counting would be on 23 February.

Out of six DPSC seats under PS and ZP categories five seats were won by LF and one by Congress in last election. This time also LF has filed nominations in six seats but Socialist Party (SP) district secretary Milan Das has separately filed nomination today in ZP category to ‘testify his strength.’

Trinamul would be contesting the election alone though they have only 71 PS members while Congress and LF have 100 and 92 members respectively. BJP has 10 PS members and SP’s strength is only two. In ZP category Congress and LF have 16 seats each while Trinamul has got 6 members.

DPSC chairman Swapan Mishra, who is himself a PS member of English Bazaar, said, “It’s the first time we are contesting the election with our fullest strength. We hope to win all six seats even if we fight separately.”

But he did not like to explain how the Trinamul expects to win the seats with a figure lower than that of Congress and LF. “We would chalk out our strategy after two ministers Sabitri Mitra and Krishnendu Choudhury reach Malda. But there is nothing to be surprised if the members of other parties also support our candidates being overwhelmed by the developmental policies of the chief minister Mamata Banerjee,” Mishra said.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of holding an alliance with Congress, if necessary. “Politics is a game of impossibilities. Nothing can be said till the date of withdrawal,” he added.

LF may receive a blow from SP candidate too. Das, who is a ZP member himself, previously voted for the Congress in karmadhakshya election of the ZP and himself bagged a post. Mr Das said, “We are also a constituent of the LF. But while discussing the seat sharing in DPSC election in a LF meeting, we were not invited. Hence, we would contest to judge our own strength.”

District LF chairman Jiban Maitra said, “DPSC has not yet given us voters’ list and other details. We have doubt if there is any manipulation. However, we would contest election and hope that we would win.” Maitra added that after scrutiny is over, LF would sit with all PS and ZP members to prevent ‘horse trading’ and chalking out electoral strategy.

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