Burdwan, Aug. 24: Ninety-five Trinamul candidates, including official nominees and rebels, have filed nominations for elections to the 35 seats of the Burdwan municipality, once again bringing to the fore dissidence over poll tickets.
In last month’s panchayat polls, Trinamul rebels had contested as Independents against official candidates in over 6,000 gram panchayat and panchayat samiti seats.
“This is a worrying situation. Mamata Banerjee has been insisting that dissidence will not be tolerated. The leadership has to take strong action against dissidents,” a senior Trinamul leader in Calcutta said.
Trinamul has five councillors in the 35-member board in the CPM-controlled Burdwan municipality.
In neighbouring Guskara municipality, which Trinamul controls, 30 official candidates and rebels contesting as Independents have filed nominations for 16 seats.
Trinamul sources said ministers Malay Ghatak and Swapan Debnath, and district leaders Abu Ayesh Mandal and Samir Roy were lobbying hard for candidates of their choice.
Top Trinamul leaders, including Mukul Roy, had held several meetings to iron out the differences.