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Bolpur: The lone opposition candidate, who had filed nomination papers to contest the Zila Parishad election in Birbhum district, has moved an application withdrawing from the fray.

There are 42 Zila Parishad seats in Birbhum. Out of this, the opposition could file nomination for only one seat in the form of BJP’s Chitralekha Roy. This made it a certainty that in the absence of a second contestant in the 41 ZP seats Trinamool will capture the same.

Despite this, Trinamool’s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal told reporters last night that the BJP candidate Roy “was undergoing mental turmoil” for going against Mamata Banerjee’s development work and that Roy is likely to withdraw her nomination.

In less than 12-hours of this, BJP candidate Roy went to the Suri SDO office this morning and submitted an application for withdrawal of her candidature. She was accompanied by a group of Trinamool workers during this.

Following this, Roy’s candidature would have got cancelled today evening but for the Calcutta High Court granting a stay on the Panchayat poll process till 16 April over irregularities and Trinamool violence.

Taking a dig at Trinamool on this, BJP observer for Birbhum, Sayantan Basu, said that Mondal’s tactics have failed to yield a result, at least for now.

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