Kolkata, May 19 (PTI) The new West Bengal Assembly will have a batch of greenhorns from the world of films, music and sports rubbing shoulders with seasoned politicians.Former Bengal cricket captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla has won from Howrah north seat on a Trinamool ticket by defeating his nearest rival Santosh Kumar Pathak of Congress by 26,959 votes.In the star-studded fight he also left behind BJP leader and actress Roopa Ganguly, best known for her Draupadi act in B R Chopras epic TV series Mahabharat, by around 30,000 votes.Popular Bengali singer Indranil Sen has managed to woo voters as a Trinamool leader from Chandernagore seat on a slender margin of 2114 votes.He is known for his Rabindra Sangeet albums but has also given his voice as a playback singer in many films.In south Basirhat seat, footballer Dipendu Biswas who was fielded by TMC defeated BJPs only sitting MLA Samik Bhattacharya by over 24,000 votes.The 34-year-old sportsman has in the past played both for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal football clubs.Giving them company in the world of politics will be two other stars who are now experienced in the assembly.Bengali film actress and Trinamool candidate Debasree Roy once again won from Raidighi seat by beating CPI-M veteran leader Kanti Ganguly.Sitting MLA and filmstar Chiranjeet Chakraborty retained his seat from Barasat.Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiyas daughter Baishali won from Bally constituency in Howrah district on a Trinamool ticket. She defeated her nearest rival Saumendranath Bera of CPI-M by 15,403 votes.advertisementFormer investment banker Mahua Moitra, who left her lucrative job as vice-president of JP Morgan in London to join politics, won Karimpur seat in Nadia district by 15,989 votes. MORE PTI NIK MD RG
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court judge Samapti Chattopadhyay, who is hearing the Bongaon Municipality trust vote and other local body cases, on Wednesday barred journalists from entering her court room till further orders. At the commencement of the hearing on the Bongaon matter, Justice Chattopadhyay orally directed that reporters would not be allowed to be present in her court room, during hearing of cases, till further orders. Eleven BJP councillors had moved the high court claiming they had not been allowed to enter the municipal body office for participating in a ‘no trust’ vote against the chairman and that Justice Chattopadhyay’s earlier order on moving a no-confidence motion was not followed by the administration. The high court judge has recently pulled up the West Bengal government over several issues, including the manner of holding trust votes in municipal bodies and illegal filling up of water bodies. State-empanelled lawyers had on July 22 decided to not attend the court of Justice Chattopadhyay protesting her remarks against the West Bengal government, only to rescind the decision a day later.