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Trinamool's Mahua Moitra confronts royal challenge in Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 25th 2024 01:33 PM
Trinamool's Mahua Moitra confronts royal challenge in Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat

Trinamool's Mahua Moitra confronts royal challenge in Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat

PTC News Desk: The decision of the Trinamool Congress to re-nominate Mahua Moitra from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency sets the stage for a high-stakes electoral battle, particularly against Bharatiya Janata Party's newcomer Amrita Roy, the matriarch of a prominent local royal family. This move is widely perceived as a defiant stance against the BJP, following Moitra's controversial expulsion on corruption charges last year.

Rajmata (or Queen Mother) Amrita Roy's inclusion in the BJP's fifth list, alongside surprises such as actors Kangana Ranaut and Arun Govil contesting from other constituencies, underscores the significance of this electoral showdown. Moitra, 49, secured a resounding victory in Krishnanagar during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, emerging victorious with 45 percent of the votes and a substantial lead over the BJP's Kalyan Chaubey.

Since then, Moitra has emerged as a vocal critic of the BJP, delivering impassioned speeches in Parliament and engaging in sharp exchanges on social media. Her confrontational approach has earned her both admirers and adversaries within the political spectrum.

Krishnanagar has remained a stronghold of the Trinamool since 2009, posing a significant challenge for the BJP, which seeks to secure a decisive win against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party. Moitra's re-nomination reflects the Trinamool's determination to counter the BJP's influence in the region and defend its electoral turf.

Amidst allegations and counter-allegations, Moitra's expulsion and subsequent re-nomination have added intensity to the electoral contest, symbolising a broader battle between the Trinamool and the BJP in West Bengal. As Bengal gears up for another electoral showdown, Moitra's candidacy assumes significance as a key player in the Trinamool's strategy to fend off the BJP's electoral advancements in the state.

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What led to Mahua Moitra's expulsion?

Just under four months ago, Mahua Moitra faced expulsion from her position amidst allegations of corruption. It was claimed that she had accepted Rs 2 crore in cash and received "luxury gift items" from businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for posing critical questions about the government in Parliament. Additionally, Moitra was accused of sharing login credentials to her confidential account on the parliament website.

While vehemently denying the bribery allegations, Moitra did acknowledge sharing portal credentials, arguing that such practices were commonplace among MPs. The Supreme Court is set to address this case in May.

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(Inputs from agencies)





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