Jhargram: Trinamool Congress’ decision to pitch a 48-year-old school principal in the Lok Sabha polls has split West Bengal’s tribal hinterland. Birbaha Hansda announced to fight against Birbaha soren and she is a candidate of the Jharkhand Party (Naren). Birbaha Hansda is a mega star in Santhali cinema with a massive fan base in western Bengal.
Birbhavana Hansda said to Kolkata24x7 that in order to respond to Birbhara Soren, she has decided to contest from Jharkhand Party (Naren) in the Seventh Lok Sabha elections.
Birbaha Hansda said, “Soren is the wife of Robin Tudu, the leader of powerful tribal organisation Bharat Jakat Manjhi Pargana Mahal (BJMPM). He used to stop Santalis and prevented him or her from contesting elections for any political party. Apart from this, he or she who will contest in elections from any party faced various pressures. But today, his wife Birbaha Soren will fight in Trinamool’s ticket for personal interest. So, I have decided to contest to give her reply. “
Recently, Two namesakes locked in an electoral contest in West Bengal’s Jhargram has created a confusion not just among the voters but apparently in their parties, too. Trinamool Congress Adivasi Cell state president Deb Tudu recently shared on Facebook a poster seeking votes for party candidate Birbaha Soren, but it had the photograph of actress Birbaha Hansda. Because of Tudu’s poster on Facebook, Birbaha Hansda started receiving phone calls from fans and relatives from across Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and even Bangladesh, with people congratulating her or seeking to clear their confusion over her candidature. The post was deleted as soon as the mistake came to light. “I don’t run the page, my sons do and they committed the mistake. I have deleted the post,” Tudu said.
Birbah Hassadah wrote on a Facebook post, “Election Commission did not take any steps. Everyone is equal. “But Birbaha is not pacified and is considering dragging the TMC to court. “I am planning to file a defamation case and go to the EC for mental agony caused due to the confusion created by the poster,” she said.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, Birbaha lost to the TMC candidate. However, relations between the Hansda family and the party improved after that and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated Birbaha at Adivasi Divas in Jhargram last year. Her name even cropped up as TMC’s Lok Sabha candidate for Jhargram but she lacked the crucial support of the powerful BJMPM, sources revealed.
Reported By- Sekhar Dubey/ Edited By- Piku Mukherjee