Subhranshu poll wish

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By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 23.03.15
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Subhranshu 

Calcutta, March 22: Mukul Roy's son Subhranshu today expressed willingness to contest next month's election to the Kanchrapara municipality in North 24-Parganas, provided Trinamul gives him a ticket.

"I am a sitting councillor of Kanchrapara municipality. I am ready to contest, provided the leadership gives me a ticket," Subhranshu, the Trinamul MLA from Bijpur, said.

Kanchrapara will go to polls on April 25.

Subhranshu said the Trinamul leadership had assigned him the task of overseeing the campaign for Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities. "I am doing my bit. If the leadership chooses me as its nominee for Kanchrapara, I have no problem in contesting the polls," he added.

Minister Jyotipriya Mullick, the Trinamul president in North 24-Parganas, declined to confirm if Subhranshu would be made a candidate. "We are yet to discuss anything on this."

Trinamul sources, however, said the party was likely to give the ticket to the Bijpur MLA in an attempt to "embarrass" his father, who has been kept out of the civic poll campaign.

"If Subhranshu is made a party candidate, it would surely embarrass Mukulda because he has been kept out of the campaign," said a Trinamul MLA from south Calcutta.

Asked about his son's willingness to contest the polls, Roy said: "Subhranshu is an individual and it's his independent decision. I have no comments. All I can say is that I am not campaigning."

Roy also termed "baseless" the allegations levelled by Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien that he had sent feelers to some dissidents in Manipur and leaders in Kerala to join the BJP.

Roy said he would leave for Delhi tomorrow or the day after for some "urgent work".

In Birbhum, fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha was today made a candidate for the Bolpur municipality polls.