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Poll cash stench

Calcutta, Feb. 24: CPM leader Biman Bose today said money was used to motivate voters in yesterday’s bypolls in three Assembly seats.

Without naming any political party, Bose said: “Money played a big role in the three bypolls.”

Although the CPM state secretary stopped short of specifying which parties he was pointing to, CPM state secretariat member Rabin Deb accused Trinamul.

“Trinamul has no ideals or policies. They gave money to voters to motivate them,” Deb said, adding the party had reported the matter to the chief electoral officer.

Over 80 per cent of the electorate voted in the bypolls in Rejinagar, Nalhati and Englishbazar yesterday. The results will come out on February 28.

CPM leader Ritabrata Banerjee, who claimed to have spent over a week in Englishbazar for campaigning, alleged that the Trinamul nominee there had treated voters to “rice and chicken curry” for a fortnight.

Trinamul’s Englishbazar candidate Krishnendu Chowdhury said: “Ritabrata’s allegation is nothing but an attempt to malign me and my party.”