Mitra has been behind the bars for more than a year in connection with the Sarada multi crore scam. He is currently receiving treatment at SSKM hospital. When he was being taken from one department to another to conduct some tests Mitra said that he would be present at the swearing ceremony of Mamata Banerjee.
Mitra who was contesting from Kamarhati assembly seat in North 24-Parganas said that he was confident of his victory by 20,000 votes. Earlier he had said that he would win by 5000 votes. He complained of the excesses by the Central Forces and said that they had beaten up people without any provocation and even women were not spared.
It may be recalled that CPI(M) and BJP had complained to the Election Commission that Mitra would control polling in Bhowanipore assembly seat from where Mamata Banerjee had contested against Deepa Das Munshi and Chandra Bose of BJP had contested. On April 30 when election in Bhowanipore constituency was held no visitor except his family members were allowed to see him. He was not allowed to see television and also not allowed to use his cell phone. Additional security arrangements were made outside his cabin.
However, Mitra had never conducted election in Bhowanipore. It was conducted by Subrata Bakshi and Mukul Roy.
Ridiculing the Election Commission for not allowing him to cast his vote, he said he wouldn’t have contested the West Bengal Assembly polls if he had prior information about the restrictions.
“I am a candidate but I was not allowed to vote. They (EC) took Rs.10,000 (security deposit) but I was not allowed to cast my vote. If this was the case they shouldn’t have taken the deposit from me.
“I wasn’t allowed to go to my constituency, and also denied the opportunity to plead before the people about my candidature. If they (EC) had informed me about these restrictions beforehand I wouldn’t have contested,” said Mitra.