Kolkata: The organisational weakness of the state BJP surfaced once again. BJP changed its nominee in Ranaghat just 19 days before the election. The election for the Ranaghat Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 29.
BJP has fielded Jagannath Sarkar, president of the Nadia North unit for the seat, replacing Dr Mukut Mani Adhikary. Earlier, BJP had fielded Adhikary and accordingly, wall graffiti in his name had been put up in several places. Adhikary is a doctor in a state-run hospital. He has tendered resignation, which has not yet been accepted by the state Health department.
It may be recalled that the state BJP had announced the names of the candidates for the Purulia and Burdwan–Durgapur seats, after all the parties had fielded their respective candidates.
SS Ahluwalia is contesting from Burdwan-Durgapur, while Jyotirmoy Mahato is contesting against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress in Purulia.