kanchan siddiqui
DURGAPUR, 16 JUNE: Going by nominations filed for the rural polls thus far, some families seem to be dominating local politics in the rural areas here.
More than one person from several families have filed their nomination papers for the polls, several of them as Trinamul Congress candidates. In some cases, three members of a family have been nominated, while in many others, couples have been given tickets by Trinamul Congress.
For instance, three members of the Banerjee family in Panagarh family are fighting the election under Trinamul tickets; while Trinamul youth wing’s Kanksa block president Pallab Banerjee is contesting seat number 20 of the panchayat samiti, his wife has filed nomination as the Trinamul candidate for seat number 57 under Burdwan zilla parishad in Kanksa. Mr Banerjee&’s younger brother Prosun ~ who is also the block president of the party in Kanksa ~ is contesting seat number 57 in the Kanksa gram panchayat.
“My family has become a symbol of struggle against the CPI-M&’s atrocities in Kanksa; that’s why there are multiple candidates from our family," said Pallab Banerjee.
He is fighting a pitched battle against the Trinamul faction led by district president Debdas Bakshi as well. Bakshi is the Trinamul candidate for Burdwan zilla parishad&’s seat number 56, while his wife Mousumi is the candidate for Kanksa gram panchayat’s seat number 72.
In neighbouring Budbud panchayat in Galsi-1 block, Trinamul Congress has fielded Probir Ganguly from seat number 8 of the gram panchayat, while his wife is the Trinamul’s candidate in seat number 7 of the panchayat samiti. In the Chora gram panchayat under the Pandaveswar block, Trinamul Congress has fielded Ujjwal Bauri from seat number 77 of the gram panchayat, and his wife Rina from seat number 12 of the panchayat samiti.
There are also instances of brothers entering the political fray as candidates for rival
parties. For instance, Andal block&’s Ramprasadpur Panch-ayat will see Nadir Khan contesting as a Trinamul candidate, while his brother Farid Khan will fight the election on a Congress ticket.

CPM candidates join Trinamul Congress
DURGAPUR, 16 JUNE: Two persons who had filed nomination papers as CPI-M candidates joined the Trinamul Congress in Kanksa today. Mrs Tapasi Bauri and Mr Nitai Ghosh were welcomed into the Trinamul Congress by the party’s block president Ashok Mukherjee at a function in Banskopa village this afternoon. The change in their political allegiance, however, will not reflect in the Election Commission&’s official candidates’ roll, as the list has already been published. The candidates have accordingly distributed leaflets in their respective constituencies urging voters not to cast votes in their favour as their ‘new party’ already has already fielded other candidates. sns