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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Municipal wards of EBM oppn leader, minister’s wife in new reservation list

Malda, 3 February, 2015: Leader of opposition of English Bazaar municipality (EBM) Subhadeep Sanyal and Trinamul Congress councilor Kakali Choudhury, who is the wife of minister and EBM chairman Krishnendu Choudhury, may not contest in the ensuing civic body poll as the municipal wards from which they won in 2010 have come under reservation.

District administrations have already received the reservation list for the 29 wards in EBM. It has been learnt from administrative sources that according to the list instead of previous 25 wards there would 29 municipal wards in EBM this time.

Out of 29 municipal wards in EBM wards bearing numbers 2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 29 would be reserved for women. Wards no. 12 and 20 would be reserved for scheduled caste (SC) candidates. Ward no. 14 would be reserved for women belonging to SC community. Other wards would be open to all categories of candidates.

Subhadeep Sanyal
Similarly in Old Malda municipality (OMM) there would be 20 municipal wards instead of previous 18 wards. Wards bearing numbers 3, 11, 15 and 18 would be reserved for women. Wards bearing number 1, 7 and 12 would be reserved for SC candidates. Wards 1 and 4 would be reserved for SC women.

Kakali Choudhury
It may be mentioned that in EBM election in 2010 EBM opposition leader Mr Sanyal won as a CPI-M candidate from EBM ward no. 23 while Mrs Choudhury was elected on a Congress ticket from EBM ward no. 12. Later, Mrs Choudhury joined the Trinamul in 2012 with her husband and EBM chairman Krishnendu Choudhury.

Mr Choudhury told The Statesman today, “Our recommendations were not honoured by the state election commission. However, as SEC is a constitutional body we would have to abide by its decision even though we politically differ from it.”

“The candidates who may be axed from their respective wards by reservation policy may contest from other wards if the party wants as I contested from ward no. 16 in 2005 when my present ward no. 10 was under reservation,” he added.

District CPI-M secretary Ambar Mitra said, “We registered our grievances with delimitation of wards in EBM. If the reservation had been made paying no heed to our objection, we would request the SEC    to reconsider it.” 

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