Nandigram Assembly bypoll

Nandigram nightmare continues for CPM, Trinamool wins Assembly bypoll

The mother of a teenage boy killed in police firing in Nandigarm has defeated the Left candidate by nearly 40,000 votes in the assembly by-election  or the seat, reinforcing the rejection of West Bengal’s ruling front by voters of the politically inflammable constituency.


Firoza Bibi, whose son was killed in shooting by police and CPM cadres on March 14, 2008, defeated Paramananda Bharati of the CPI, giving the seat to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress which has been fighting a bloody political battle with the Marxists in Nandigram. The Trinamool had earlier handed the CPM a comprehensive defeat in the May 2008 panchayat polls in Nandigram.

The Leftists suffered a second defeat in Sujapur, Malda. In the pocket borough of the late Congress leader A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhury, his niece Mausam Benazir Noor, a 27-year-old law graduate, defeated the CPM’s Haji Ketabuddin by over 21,000 votes. The Trinamool did not have a candidate in Sujapur, and the Congress didn’t put up one in Nandigram.

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