Odds May be against Saradha Accused Mitra
CAUGHT IN THE ACT Madan Mitra was also recently caught taking bribe in Narada sting operation
Tamal Sengupta Kolkata: The fourth phase of polling in Bengal on Monday will throw up many interesting prospects, the most talked about being the fate of former transport minister Madan Mitra who will be cotesting from the Kamarhati assembly constituency which he had won in 2011 by 24,354 votes.
Mitra is currently in jail following his alleged involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam, and more recently, got embroiled in the Narada sting operation where he was seen taking money on-camera. But his mentor and chief minister Mamata Banerjee has enough confidence in him and was even seen campaigning for Mitra. Mitra’s main opponent Manas Mukherjee of the CPM is using the opportunity to highlight the charges against him. "Mitra is in jail for long. The CBI has arrested him for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam. But none of you have seen him taking money from the Saradha owner Sudipta Sen — now you can see him take money in front of camera,” Mukherjee told a rally recently.
BJP spokesperson Krishanu Mitra is also doing the same -- highlighting the Narada sting. And in the absence of Mitra, his family is running his campaign, with the help of Trinamool activists. But his family is feeling the jitters, especially from the controversies surrounding Saradha and Narada, which might reduce Mitra's vote share. But this time, Congress is not with Trinamool and the party has not fielded its candidates. Instead, it is supporting the CPM, so Mukherjee is likely to get a major chunk of the Congress votes.