Trinamool Congress chief Jakir Hossain is about to battle in a bypoll from West Bengal’s Jangipur meeting seat. However not so way back he was preventing for his life. The previous junior labour minister was critically injured forward of the April-Could state elections when bombs have been hurled at him and his supporters whereas they have been ready to board a practice at Nimtita railway station on February 17. He was discharged from hospital after months of care.
The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on August 24 filed a chargesheet within the case saying the goal of the assault was Hossain and it was carried out to derail the native ballot and trigger large-scale harm.
Greater than six months have handed because the incident. On Saturday, the Election Fee introduced by-elections to a few meeting seats in West Bengal on September 30. Whereas Hossain will contest for the TMC from the Jangipur seat, chief minister Mamata Banerjee who misplaced the April-Could election from Nandigram to Bharatiya Janata Occasion’s Suvendu Adhikari would be the Trinamool candidate from her conventional constituency Bhabanipur. TMC’s Amirul Islam will battle for the Samserganj seat.
Hossain began campaigning in Jangipur on Saturday, the day the EC announcement got here. The election for the seat needed to be postponed earlier due to the demise of a candidate.
“I’m nonetheless not effectively,” he instructed News18. “There are issues nonetheless. However previously 5 years, I’ve labored for the individuals and I’m certain the individuals will bless me with their votes.”
Hossain is in style within the space as he’s related to the native bidi business and has given employment to many individuals.
The TMC chief mentioned the NIA has filed a chargesheet within the bomb assault case and a dozen individuals have been arrested however the fact is but to return out and locals usually are not proud of the probe.
“The assault on me can also be a difficulty on this election,” he mentioned. “How did the assault happen at Nimtita railway station? I’m nonetheless unable to return to my previous life…Folks will give solutions by votes.”
TMC insiders say the get together desires to carry again the previous Hossain who was very lively, and that’s the reason he has been given a ticket. Jangipur is his conventional seat and the previous minister believes that whereas he made a partial restoration on a hospital mattress, preventing and profitable this election will assist him change into 100 per cent match.
In 2016, Jakir Hossain gained the Jangipur seat by a margin of 20,000 votes with 37.23 per cent vote share. The TMC is hoping that hole will widen this time.