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BJP’s Birbhum Candidate’s Nomination Rejected in Scrutiny

BJP’s Birbhum Candidate’s Nomination Rejected in Scrutiny

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NEW DELHI, Apr 26: The nomination of BJP’s official nominee for the Birbhum Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal Debasish Dhar was rejected in scrutiny on Friday on technical grounds. However, his cover candidate Debtanu Bhattacharya is likely to be adopted as the party’s candidate for the seat.

Mr Dhar, a former IPS officer could not furnish a ‘no dues’ certificate from the State government. The BJP leadership had over the past few days sensed some issue with the former IPS officer’s nomination. On Thursday, the last day of filing nomination papers for the fourth phase, senior party leader Debtanu Bhattacharya filed his nomination papers to contest from Birbhum Lok Sabha. The constituency located in south Bengal is going to polls on May 13.

Former IPS officer Debasish Dhar had extensively campaigned since his candidature was announced by the party and the development has come as an embarrassment for the BJP. “Due to some technical reasons, my candidature has been cancelled. I will approach the Calcutta High Court after consulting my party leaders. I think the reasons cited are baseless,” Mr Dhar said.

The former IPS officer also added that a no dues certificate cannot be an issue for his disqualification and he had resigned before filing his nomination. Mr Dhar’s petition was allowed before the division bench of the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court but the Court did not agree to an urgent hearing.

Mr Dhar was the Superintendent of Police, Cooch Behar, during the West Bengal Assembly election of 2021 when the Central forces opened fire at a mob inside a polling premises at Sitalkuchi in the district on the polling day. The police officer fell out with the State government after the incident which had claimed four lives. He was suspended and later put on compulsory waiting.

Mr Dhar’s replacement Debtanu Bhattacharya said, “I will do whatever my party asks me to do. We all are united and working together to fight the conspiracies of the TMC. It is a strategic move to foil their game plan.” At Birbhum, the BJP is facing stiff competition from TMC’s Satabadi Roy, a three time MP and well-known cine actress. She had won the 2019 Lok Sabha election by a margin of nearly one lakh votes.

(Manas Dasgupta)



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