Malda, Dec. 27: State fisheries minister Kiranmoy Nanda has approached the Malda CPM and expressed his desire to contest the 2011 Assembly elections from a seat in the district. The CPM is also not against the idea.
“The Socialist Party has approached us with the request that Nanda be given the new Mothabari Assembly seat to contest from. He won’t be able to contest from Mukberia in East Midnapore this time as it has ceased to exist because of delimitation. Nanda is also contemplating another seat in North Dinajpur,” said Sailen Sarkar, the district CPM leader and the state environment minister.
“The fisheries minister wants to fight the polls from either Raiganj (in North Dinajpur) or Mothabari. The former is a difficult seat and Nanda prefers Mothabari, a new seat. However, the final decision will be taken by our state leadership,” said Sarkar, who will contest from Ratua as usual.
Sarkar said the RSP, another Left Front constituent, also wanted to contest from a Malda.
“They (RSP) have lost some of their seats in south Bengal because of delimitation. While the number of seats has decreased in south Bengal, the reverse has happened in the north,” Sarkar said.
Of the 11 Assembly seats in the district, six are held by the CPM, one by the Forward Bloc and four others are with the Congress. This time, the number of seats has increased to 12.
The district secretary of the Socialist Party, Milon Das, said the party had demanded a seat for its state secretary, Nanda.
“The district CPM has agreed to leave one seat for him, but the final decision will be taken at the state level,” he said.