The Calcutta high court bench of Justice Kaushik Chanda on Friday postponed the hearing of a petition filed by the West Bengal Chief Minister to June 24. Mamata Banerjee filed an election petition in the Calcutta High Court. The petition raises questions over the victory of Suvendu Adhikari’s election victory in the Nandigram constituency.
The High court said let the matter be listed next Thursday, which is June 24. The HC also asked the registrar to file a report before this court as to whether the petition related to election victory has been filed in conformity with provisions of the Representation of People Act (RPA).
Banerjee’s lawyer mentioned the matter before the court of Justice Kaushik Chanda. Justice Chanda said Mamata should be present on the first day of hearing of the petition as it was an election petition.
The Trinamool Congress president accused Adhikari of indulging in corrupt practices under Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Adhikari won the Nandigram constituency seat by 1,956 votes beating the TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. It was Banerjee’s first electoral loss in 32 years. Adhikari joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. After his victory, he became the Leader of Opposition in the Bengal state assembly.
Although Mamata lost her seat in Nandigram her party TMC won a third term in the state of Bengal. She has to contest by-polls within six months and become a member of the state legislative assembly (MLA) to continue serving as the Chief Minister of state.
Nandigram is a small town which is situated in Purba Medinipur. In 2007 when the communist government of West Bengal failed to acquire land for the special economic zone for industrial purposes, the area witnessed an emergency-like situation; fourteen people died in a police firing and resulted in a mass upsurge against the communists’ government.
Mamta’s party took notice of this issue and campaigned using the slogan “Ma Mati Manush” (mother, motherland, and people) in Nandigram.TMC retained its victory even for a second term in 2016.
Banerjee battled out against the 34-year-old Marxist rule in Bengal and established her regional party in such a way that it won against the BJP government in the assembly elections.