Ranaghat, Apr 13 (IECurrentAffairs) Ranaghat Lok Sabha constituency is expected to witness a close battle this time between ruling Trinamool congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even as the former is enjoying an edge riding on the sympathy wave following the killing of sitting MLA Satyajit Biswas.
In a surprising move, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has nominated slain party MLA Satyajit Biswas’s wife Rupali as the party candidate to fight the Lok Sabha poll from the Ranaghat (SC) constituency replacing sitting MP Professor Tapas Mandal.
Satyajit was shot dead by unknown assailants during the inauguration of a Saraswati Puja on February 10 this year.
The TMC alleged that Satyajit was murdered because of his popularity amongst the Matua community — whose support has buoyed Mamata Banerjee’s successive victory in the state and are actively being courted by the BJP.
A senior district TMC leader said it was a crucial factor in Ms Banerjee’s decision to favour Rupali over Tapas Mandal, who successfully contested from the seat in 2014.
The TMC sources has said the murder of Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas will create a void in the party’s battle with the BJP which has been making inroads into the Matua vote bank in Nadia district.
Sources said Biswas was projected as Trinamul’s ambassador among the Matuas, particularly in Krishnaganj.
The Assembly segment along the India-Bangladesh border has significant Matua people, many of whom recently started switching their allegiance from Trinamool to the BJP.
‘ In the absence of Satyajit, who himself is a Matua, it would be a difficult task for us. He was a dynamic young leader and trying his best to woo the Matuas. In the panchayat polls last year, we lost some seats in the Matua-dominated areas. We were trying to recover the lost bases with Satyajit,” another TMC leader said.