Statesman News Service
Malda, 7 February
After the Rajya Sabha elections, cross-voting seems to be a possibility again when the district primary school council (DPSC) goes to the polls under the panchayat samity (PS) and zilla parishad (ZP) categories on 20 February.
Today was the day scheduled for the collection and submission of nomination papers for the six seats in the DPSC. Nomination papers will be scrutinised on 10 February, while the vote counting will be done on 23 February.
Out of the six DPSC seats under the PS and ZP categories, five were won by the Left Front and one by the Congress in t he last elections.This time too, the Left Front has filed nominations for six seats. However, Socialist Party (SP) district secretary, Mr Milan Das, separately filed his nominations today in the ZP category.
The Trinamul would be contesting the election alone, though they have only 71 PS members, while the Congress and the Left Front have 100 and 92 members respectively. The BJP has 10 PS members, while the SP&’s strength is only two. Under the ZP category, the Congress and the LF have 16 seats each, while the Trinamul has six.
DPSC chairman Swapan Mishra, who is a PS member of English Bazaar, said, “This will be the first time we will be contesting the election with our full strength. We hope to win all the six seats even if we fight separately.” He, however, did not like to explain how the Trinamul expects to win the seats with the figures lower than that of the Congress and the LF. “There is nothing to be surprised of if the members of other parties also support our candidates after liking the developmental policies of the chief minister,” Mr Mishra said.