Kolkata, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

Altogether 78 candidates remained in the fray in the second round of elections on April 24 to six parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal after the expiry of the scheduled time for withdrawal of nominations today.

Informing this state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta here said as none of the candidates withdrew his/her papers till 1500 hrs today, they all remained in the contest for the April 24 elections.

The last date for filing of nominations in all these six seats was April 5 and the scrutiny was done the next day where none of papers was rejected.

Among the six seats the maximum number of 17 candidates had filed their papers for the Malda South seat, while Jangipur (in Murshidabad district) has the minimum number of eleven candidates in the fray.

Of the other four seats Raiganj, Balurghat and Murshidabad had 12 candidates each, while Malda North had 14 nominees in the fray.

Among the notable candidates who are trying their luck once again in these seats are three Congress heavyweights- Minister of State for Railways Adir Ranjan Chowdhury from Murshdabad, Union Minister Deepa Das Munshi, also the wife of former minister Priyarajan Das Munshi from Raiganj and Mr Avijit Mukherjee, the son of President Pranab Mukherjee from Jangipur.

Well known singer and composer of Bengali rock band 'Bhumi' Soumitra Roy, a Trinamool Congress candidate, is also locked in a fierce battle with sitting MP Mousam Benazeer Noor, also of the Congress and a close relative of former Railway minister Abdul Ghabni Khan Choudhury in Malda North.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)