Trinamul candidates file nominations in Balurghat on Friday. (Mithun Roy)
Balurghat, Aug. 23: The district Trinamul Congress that has seen a rush for tickets to contest the Balurghat municipality elections fielded nominees in all 25 seats of the civic body today, the last day of the submission of papers, to avoid rebels’ entry into the fray, sources said.
The elections are scheduled for September 21.
The municipality has 25 wards and the RSP and the CPM will contest in 19 and six seats respectively.
“More than 100 Trinamul workers wanted to become party candidates for the 25 seats. The district and local leaders have been recommending names almost everyday which became a problem for us,” said a Trinamul leader who didn’t wish to be named.
“Small factions have formed within the party to push for certain candidates and the situation is such that the loyalists of one group are not talking to the people of the other. We held a meeting here this morning and the names of 25 candidates were finalised. The nominations were filed soon after,” he added.
Sources said the party fielded candidates in all the seats at the last moment to stop rebels from contesting. “The district leaders want to avoid rebels who might jump into the fray as Independents,” said a source.
But even today, a Trinamul rebel filled his nomination.
The process of filing papers started on August 16.
A Trinamul leader alleged that the RSP and the Congress were instigating Trinamul factions to press for particular leaders to be given tickets. “Our motto is to oust the RSP. If we indulge in narrow politics, we cannot win. The RSP will try hard to retain its position after losing the panchayats in Balurghat. When our workers should do their best to maximise chances of winning, they are keen on fighting.”
The municipality is run by the RSP since 1982. Balurghat block has 11 gram panchayats and Trinamul has bagged all of them in the recent polls.
Although local Trinamul leaders talked about factionalism, district general secretary Prabir Roy said the papers were filled at the last minute as the candidates were being scrutinised. “We had decided to file nominations on August 21 and 22. But we needed a detailed scrutiny. That is why the papers were filed today.”