Bengal election ill-effect: CPI(M)-Trinamool divide family

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Kolkata, Mar 31: The political parties in West Bengal are eagerly waiting for the coming assembly polls starting on Apr 18. Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress is campaigning to mar CPI(M)'s 34 years of uninterrupted rule and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's party is contesting to continue their reign. The election campaigns by both parties show some positive as well as some negative outcome.

One of the worst election effects in West Bengal might be the cracks in a family where kins snubbing each other to be loyal to their respective parties. Such surprising though real incident has been witnessed in Bankura district of the state.

Santunu Bora, a CPI(M) candidate, is contesting against his maternal uncle, Gurupada Mete who is a strong supporter of Trinamool Congress. Sources informed that both Mete and Bora are fighting assembly polls for the first time, have not been on talking terms for over seven years.

The duo reportedly are so devoted to their party rivalries that they are not ready to comment on each other. The nephew said, "He (Gurupada Mete) is my maternal uncle, but I have no links with him. He is contesting against me and I have nothing to complain about that. I will not comment on him."

"Trinamool are carrying out atrocities on common people; they are hindering development. Even I was forced to flee from home twice as my house was damaged by Trinamool goons. My party has faith in me and given me the chance to uproot the Trinamool from Indus. Now, my only objective is to carry out my duty," he added.

However, the uncle, expressing his rage against his nephew and CPI(M), stated, "As I contested in the 2003 panchayat election against the CPI-M candidate, I was socially boycotted in the area according to the CPI-M's diktat. I was even forbidden from fetching water from wells or taps."

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