Raiganj, Aug. 12: The Trinamul Congress today said it would field candidates in the elections to the posts of sabhadhipati and saha-sabhadhipati of North Dinajpur zilla parishad.
Of the 26 zilla parishad seats, five were won by Trinamul, eight by the Congress and 13 by the Left Front. Being the single-largest block, the Left Front was the first to declare that it would put up a candidate for the post of sabhadhipati.
Although the Congress had initially stated that it would sit in the Opposition, the party later changed its stand and said it, too, would take part in the polls.
Amal Acharjee, Trinamul MLA from Itahar and the party’s district president, said here today that people had given the candidates of his organisation overwhelming support in what was considered to be a stronghold of the CPM and the Congress. “We have won five seats and our other candidates have lost by narrow margins. So, we have decided to contest the posts of sabhadhipati and saha-sabhadhipati,” he said.
Acharjee said Trinamul would try its best to prevent the Left from capturing the zilla parishad. “We are open to side with any non-Left party and a final decision will be taken at the district-level. This stand of ours is not being opposed by our state leadership,” Acharjee said without naming the Congress.
The Congress, however, has reacted to the Trinamul stand by saying it will side neither with Mamata Banerjee’s party nor the Left Front.
“We have fought the panchayat polls at all levels by fighting the Trinamul Congress and the Left and there is no question of extending support to either of them,” said district Congress president, Mohit Sengupta.
Last week, the Congress’s decision to contest the post of sabhadhipati had set off speculations that it was trying to get three Left zilla parishad members to vote in its favour. Of the three, two are from the RSP and one from the Forward Bloc. The rest of the Left members belong to the CPM.
“As matters stand now, it seems that the formation of the zilla parishad board is heading towards uncertainty. Efforts to keep the Left Front from capturing the zilla parishad by other parties could lead to problems in forming the board,” said an observer.