statesman news service
BASANTI/MURSHIDABAD, 8 JUNE: Eleven RSP candidates who had filed nominations for the Charavidya gram panchayat elections under Basanti block have withdrawn their nomination alleging continuous TMC atrocities. There are 17 seats in the Charavidya gram panchayat; RSP was in power in the panchayat after it won the 2008 rural poll.
The candidates withdrew their nomination under the leadership of Mr Subhas Naskar, a former minister and the sitting MLA of Basanti.
“It is impossible to contest the election here given continuous atrocities by Trinamul Congress activists. The candidates who had filed their nomination have been staying outside their villages since 29 May as Trinamul activists have been threatening them with dire consequences in the event of them contesting the election," said the RSP leader.
He said that out of the 17 seats, RSP candidates had filed nominations for 14 seats; among them, the candidature of three persons were cancelled following withdrawal of proposals of their candidature.
The remaining 11 RSP candidates withdrew their nomination today, he said.
Following their withdrawal, the panchayat may remain uncontested and the Trinamul may be given the seat on a platter. However, Mr Soumya Chatterjee, BDO, Basanti, said one RSP candidate has not withdrawn his nomination till now. As a result, the gram panchayat will not remain uncontested.
He said the 11 RSP candidates did not allude to Trinamul atrocities while their withdrawing of nominations. However, Mr Subhas Naskar and other district RSP leaders alleged in a letter that since the government had failed to arrange for the security of their candidates, they were withdrawing their nominations. Local Trinamul leader Mr Jayanta Naskar alleged that talk of Trinamul atrocities was a lie.
"The RSP is sure to be defeated in the election. Mr Subhas Naskar merely wants to save his prestige; he himself has provoked the candidates to withdraw their nomination. Talk of Trinamul atrocities is mere eyewash," he said.
Meanwhile, two persons were attacked with country bombs and shot at this morning in Murshidabad. Armed goons allegedly hurled bombs at Mr Umar Mondal and Mr Hasan Mondal when they were sitting at a tea-stall. The Mondals’ wives had filed nomination papers for the upcoming rural poll on 6 June on behalf of the Congress.

State Election Commissioner meets Guv
KOLKATA, 8 JUNE: Amidst the continuing tussle with the state government over security arrangements for panchayat polls, the State Election Commissioner Mira Pande today called on Governor M K Narayanan and briefed him about the latest security scenario for the three-phase polls beginning 2 July. The meeting lasted for about an hour from 4.30 p.m. Emerging from Raj Bhavan, Ms Pande told reporters she has “apprised the Governor about the situation” and declined to divulge any more details. SEC’s meeting with the Governor comes close on the heels of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent media announcement that the Centre has expressed inability in sending forces for the rural polls and the state would provide as many security personnel as is possible. sns