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Expelled CPM leader pitted against Buddhadeb
Expelled CPM leader Samir Putatunda will contest against Bhattacharjee, as a candidate for PDS.
Kolkata: Expelled CPM leader Samir Putatunda will contest against Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the coming elections as a candidate of the Party for Democratic Socialism (PDS) in the prestigious Jadavpur assembly seat.
Samir Putatunda, who was the South 24-Parganas district secretary, was expelled in the 90s along with his wife Anuradha Putatunda and then CPM parliamentary party leader Saifuddin Chaudhury for anti-party activities, which prompted them to launch the PDS later.
While Putatunda, once close to Bhattacharjee, is the secretary of the PDS, Saifuddin Chaudhury is its President. Anuradha has been fielded as a PDS candidate in Mograhat (west) constituency.
The PDS candidates' list was announced at a press conference in Kolkata on Tuesday. Putatunda said that PDS, supported by 12-party United Secular Democratic Front, would contest altogether 36 Assembly seats in the first phase.
"We will announce candidature in some more seats later," he said.
Former chief secretary of the state Manish Gupta is also a candidate in the Jadavpur constituency fielded by the Trinamool Congress.
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