Kolkata: The Left Front Thursday nominated CPI(M)
candidate Nandini Mukherjee, a political greenhorn, to contest against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the by-election from the Bhowanipore Assembly constituency here on
CPI(M) workers said that Mukherjee, who had a brilliant
academic career is a professor of Computer Science at Jadavpur
University and is one of the secretaries of `Free Software
Movement of India`, which aims at propagating and popularing
the ideology and usage free software.
The Left Front also nominated Subed Ali Gazi, a CPI(M)
candidate, to contest the by-poll from Basirhat (North)
Both the nominations were given green light by the CPI(M) state secretariat presided over by state secretary Biman Bose in the presence of former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and ratified by the Left Front.
Bhowanipore seat fell vacant because of the resignation
of Subrata Bakshi, the Transport and PWD minister, to pave the
way for the chief minister to enter the Assembly within the
stipulated six months. Banerjee is currently an MP and did not
contest the last Assembly elections.
By-election to the Basirhat (North) seat was necessitated
by the death of CPI(M) legislator Mostafa Bin Quasem.
The BJP has decided against fielding a candidate against
the chief minister on the ground that her party, the Trinamool
Congress, had come to power with a massive mandate.
The BJP has appealed to all political parties to follow