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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Three candidates in fray for Cachar BJP district president post

SILCHAR, Dec 22: With the election of the new Cachar district president on the cards tomorrow, the battle to the top has grown intense among three groups –– former Union Minister Kabindra Purkayastha and his son Kanad Purkayastha, Kabindra Purkayastha’s brother Kirit Bhushan Purkayastha and Borkhola MLA Dr Rumi Nath. The new Cachar district president would be elected by fifteen block presidents and a representative from each block.

In the meantime, it has come to light that Kirit Bhushan Purkayastha was the fore runner for the post of district president but Kabindra Purkayastha had been planning to project former principal of GC College Partha Sarathi Chanda for the post of district president while Dr Nath had been backing Gitesh Ranjan Dev for the post. However, open clash between Kirit and his nephew Kanad as well as elder brother Kabindra Purkayastha has added more spice to the whole matter.

Kabindra Purkayastha, after being elected as an MP in May, virtually made his son Kanad his MP nominee without discussing the matter with any party member. This was very much despised by the party members. Matters became worse as Kanad accompanied by his friend Basudev Sarma allegedly collected donation from various quarters and this was reportedly admitted by him and his father.

Meanwhile, Kirit Bhushan told The Sentinel that he would fight the election under any circumstance. “Kabindra Purkayastha might be my elder brother, but his request or order will not be able to pull me back,” Kirit Bhushan clarified. THE SENTINEL

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