Odds May be against Saradha Ac­cused Mi­tra

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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.

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