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TMC candidate in 2021 Bengal assembly polls turns out to be Bangladeshi national; Calcutta HC directs EC to take action TMC
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TMC candidate in 2021 Bengal assembly polls turns out to be Bangladeshi national; Calcutta HC directs EC to take action

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 May 2022, 09:02 pm

Kolkata: A leader of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC), who unsuccessfully contested the West Bengal assembly polls in 2021, has turned out to be a Bangladeshi national after a court hearing on Friday, media reports said.

Alo Rani Sarkar was defeated by BJP's Swapan Majumdar by little more than 2,000 votes.

She challenged the election results of the Bangaon Dakshin constituency but the Calcutta High Court dismissed her petition noting that Sarkar cannot declare herself as an Indian citizen as the constitution of the country does not allow dual citizenship

Justice Bibek Chaudhuri directed the Election Commission of India to take necessary action against Sarkar in view of her citizenship status.

The High Court also reprimanded TMC for fielding a candidate who isn't an Indian citizen and initiated suo moto proceedings against Sarkar for 'misleading' the court, ANI reported.

It also said that it will write to take appropriate necessary action against the 'Bangladeshi national' and deport her.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari accused the ruling TMC government in West Bengal of “helping illegal Bangladeshi immigrants settle” in the state.

“TMC has outdone themselves this time !!! … TMC leaders are known for helping illegal Bangladeshi immigrants settle in WB & getting hold of Voter Identity cards to increase their voter base. But selecting a candidate who isn’t even an Indian is unprecedented,” Adhikari.

Adhikari was one of the close aides of Mamata Banerjee but their ties fell apart over leadership differences with her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

He defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram on a BJP ticket in the last Assembly election.