'Reign of terror' claims of Oppn fall flat with peaceful nominations in Nadia
Kolkata: The claim of the Opposition that their candidates could not file nominations due to 'a reign of terror' unleashed by Trinamool Congress in Nadia, can be easily proved wrong if one browses through the documents related to the nomination papers filed by the candidates.
In the three-tier Panchayat election that includes Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, BJP has fielded candidates in all the seats and ranks second after Trinamool Congress.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that trouble had taken place only in seven places, while in districts like Purulia, Bankura, Nadia and Howrah, among others, there was no trouble.
She had alleged that the Opposition was raising voice just to mislead the people and her allegations have turned out to be absolutely true.
In Gram Panchayat, which has 3,209 seats, BJP has fielded candidates in 2,131 seats, followed by CPI-M in 1,634 seats and Congress in 348 seats. RSP, one of the Left Front constituents, has fielded 39 candidates. Trinamool Congress has fielded 3,532 candidates for the seats.
In Panchayat Samity, there are 541 seats. For these seats, BJP has fielded 425 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 366 seats and Congress in 65 seats. Trinamool Congress had fielded 631 candidates for the same.
In Zilla Parishad, there are 47 seats, for which BJP has fielded 23 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 43 seats and Congress in 13 seats. Trinamool Congress has fielded 50 candidates.
The statistics show that the strength of Left Front and Congress has hit rock bottom in Nadia, which was once a stronghold for both the parties.
Nadia district consists of 18 blocks. The number of Gram Panchayats will be around 185. The district administration said there were no incidents of violence and members of all the parties had gone to the SDO's office to file nomination peacefully.
Because of its organisational strength, Trinamool Congress is ahead of its competitors in campaigns. The party's candidates have already started their door-to-door campaigns.