Hakims campaign at ward 82 ends ahead of bypoll
Kolkata: The campaign in ward 82 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) came to an end at 4pm on Friday, as the by-election will take place on Sunday.Firhad Hakim is contesting from the ward against Jiban Sen of BJP and Sishir Dutta of Left Front. Earlier in the day, Justice Debangshu Basak of Calcutta High Court passed an order stating that nominating Hakim for the post of Mayor is constitutional. Bilkis Begum of CPI(M) had filed a petition, challenging his nomination as unconstitutional. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim started campaigning from Chetla Agranani Club, along with Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services (Independent charge) Sujit Bose. Hakim said during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule, the number of people beaten to death has gone up in BJP-led states. The condition of the farmers has gone from bad to worse and the voice of democracy has been stifled. The by-election became necessary after Trinamool Congress councillor Pranab Biswas resigned. Earlier, Sovan Chatterjee had resigned from the post of Mayor. Hakim, who is the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, was nominated as the Mayor by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC Act, 1980, was amended which stated that only councillors can become Mayor. The amendment states that anyone can become the Mayor, but will have to win a by-election within six months. Hakim was elected in ward 82 15 years ago, when he first became a councillor. He was a Member, Mayor-in-Council in the civic board in 2010. He became a minister in 2011 and relinquished the post. Hakim left no stones unturned and paid visit to every house in the ward. As a local boy, he is immensely popular in the area. During his tenure as a councillor, massive development took place in Chetla and its neighbouring areas.