Fodder scam buster contesting polls in WB

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 11:49

Kolkata: For ex-CBI additional director
general Upen Biswas, who had cracked the Rs 800 crore Bihar fodder scam, fighting the coming Assembly elections in West Bengal is an "experiment with honesty".

Biswas, fielded by the Trinamool Congress from Bagda in
the Left-dominated North 24-Parganas district, claims that all
his election expenses are being borne by the people of the
constituency.

"I don`t have to contribute a single paise, let alone my
one month`s pension, as all my election expenses are being
borne by the people of Bagda," Biswas, who had unearthed the
fodder scam in which Lalu Prasad Yadav was an accused, said.

Biswas, pitted against Forward Block candidate Nirmal
Sikdar, said the people of Bagda themselves wanted him to
contest from their constituency because they wanted someone
who would be honest, accountable to the people and above all
transparent.

With more than two lakh voters, Bagda Assembly seat,
dominated by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, was won by
Trinamool candidate Dulal Bhar in the last Assembly election.

Biswas said he was overwhelmed by the support from people
who were pouring money in his election fund and claimed he had
even received personal donations of upto Rs 30,000.

"Apart from declaring my election expenses during filing
of nomination, I shall put my entire election account on the
web so that people can know the source of the money," Biswas
said with a confident smile.

Asked what propelled him to join politics, Biswas said,
"I didn`t take the decision to join politics, rather the
people of Bagda and Trinamool Congress compelled me".
He went on to say, "In my long career as a policeman, I
have seen the murky world of politics and I have tried in vain
to fight against it. What I couldn`t do as a policeman, I want
to do as a politician. I know I am a lone ranger, but I want
to cleanse the politics of filth".

Asked if he would be able to survive in politics, the
former police boss gave a tongue-in-cheek reply: "I have
guerrilla training and know survival techniques better than
many others".
A senior Election Commission official said people could
donate for the election purpose, but every paise spent for the
election would be treated as the election cost of the
candidate.

"Moreover, any donation above Rs 10 will have to be
authorised by the candidate and if the amount is more than Rs
20,000 it should go into the account of the candidate. The
donor will either have to pay by cheque or the candidate will
have to give him a receipt".

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 11:49

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