Deganga (West Bengal), March 8: Her nomination has not impressed many in her own party. And the dissenters got a chance to avenge their humiliation by pulling the chair from behind the candidate just when she was about to sit on it at a workers' rally. The result: She had a great fall even before the campaign began.
The tragicomedy unfolded occurred in Deganga constituency in North 24-Parganas district of West Bengal on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded Rahima Mandal from this seat, a decision which has not found many takers in the area. The local TMC supporters have demanded a change in the candidate and also threatened to change party if a local candidate was not chosen.
The internal rift in the party has taken a serious turn with local TMC supporters taking out protest rallies. The incident at the workers' rally was also an outcome of this dissatisfaction, it was said.
Rahima, however, said she did not want to sit on the chair and was addressing the workers by sitting on the ground. She also said one should not take into consideration these problems when it comes to the real fight in the elections starting April 4.
Deganga block chairman Mintu Shahaji has been accused of orchestrating the protest after he failed to get the ticket. He, however, denied the charges.