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Bengal Panchayat Polls: Man banishes son for contesting polls against him

Statesman News Service | Alipurduar |

A retired primary school teacher and Trinamool Congress leader, Bhognarayan Das, a resident of Chikliguri village under the Alipurduar police station, banished his son Amal Das from his house after he decided to contest the rural elections in a BJP ticket against him.

The father is fighting the polls as a Trinamul Congress candidate from booth No10/279 in the Parokata gram panchayat in Alipurduar block-2. Interestingly, Amal has also filed nomination as a BJP candidate from the same booth. Bhognarayan Das, a popular politician in the area, has been elected in the same booth for the past 40 years. In the year 1998, he started serving the Trinamool Congress.

“Everybody in the village knows me well. I used to be a teacher. I have donated land for the establishment of a school, temple and drinking water projects in the village. I have a social prestige.

I would not be living together with my son who fights for another political party and carrying a different ideology,” Bhognarayan Das said. “Bhognarayan’s son Amal, who is married and has a child, had recently gone to his inlaws’ at Chhoto Doldoli village in Kumargrame. As soon as he returned home on Sunday, Bhognarayan asked him to live separately from the family,” a local said.

“As soon as I returned from my father-in-law’s house on Sunday, my father told me to live separately. I am still living in the old house that my father built for me. My father has asked me to leave the house after the panchayet election,” Amal said.

The fight between the father and the son has become a matter of discussion in the village. People in the village have divided into two groups with different opinions for and against the father, it is learnt.