Apart from WB CM Mamata Banerjee, four Trinamool Congress candidates who lost marginally in the recent Assembly Polls have appeared at the Calcutta High Court for a review of the results.
The four supplications were heard Friday by different judges of Calcutta High Court and postponed to dates in late June and early July.
Shantiram Mahato — who lost to BJP’s Baneshwar Mahato by just 423 votes in Balarampur—begged to the High Court asserting malpractice in counting. The subject was heard by Justice Subhasis Dasgupta who instructed that all documents relating to the seat should be conserved. The upcoming hearing date is on July 15.
TMC’s Bongaon Dakshin contestant, Alorani Sarkar, submitted that BJP’s Swapan Majumder did not disclose proper data in this affidavit to Election Commission and gave a fallacious statement regarding his educational qualification. Majumder triumphed by 2,008 votes. Justice Bibek Chaudhuri instructed the BJP contestant to document an affidavit before the court within two weeks.
Sangram Dolui, who surrendered to BJP’s Ashok Dinda by 1,260 votes in Moyna, also claimed malpractice in counting. Justice Tirthankar Ghosh assigned June 25 for hearing the case.
And Manas Majumder—who lost by 4,147 votes against Biswanath Karak in Goghat—claimed before the High Court that the BJP contestant curtained reports on his criminal cases in his EC affidavit. Justice Suvra Ghosh will hear the subject on July 9.
But it’s not just TMC contestants who are seeking a review of the decision. The BJP has expressed that it is also considering appealing to the High Court for re-examining in some seats.
Reported by Subrata Paul.