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Courtroom junks TMC candidate’s plea difficult BJP win, says she’s a Bangladeshi nationwide

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KOLKATA: Alo Rani Sarkar, who unsuccessfully contested as a BJP and Trinamool Congress candidate within the 2016 and 2021 Meeting elections respectively, has twin citizenship, the Calcutta Top Courtroom mentioned, whilst passing an order on her petition difficult the ballot end result.

Her petition difficult the victory of BJP candidate in Bongaon (South) constituency used to be pushed aside via the court docket at the grounds that her identify additionally seems within the electorate’ record in neighbouring Bangladesh. The court docket requested the Election Fee of India to take essential motion.

“The petitioner can’t declare to be a citizen of India when her identify seemed within the electoral roll of Bangladesh. The primary of twin citizenship isn’t acceptable in India. It’s admitted from the paperwork filed via the petitioner that at the date of submitting of the nomination paper via her, she used to be a Bangladeshi nationwide,” Justice Bibek Chaudhuri mentioned in his order.

Alo misplaced to BJP’s Swapan Majumdar within the 2021 Meeting elections via a margin of 2004 votes. She additionally contested as a BJP candidate from Bijpur Meeting constituency in 2016 however didn’t win.

Alo’s legal professional claimed in court docket that regardless that born in Bengal’s Hooghly district in 1969, she become a Bangladeshi citizen after her marriage to Dr Harendra Nath Sarkar in 1980 however she has left him on account of matrimonial problems and returned to India. The legal professional additionally mentioned she enrolled her identify within the electoral roll of Bangladesh in 2012 “via mistake” and it got here to her understand in 2020 when she asked the Election Fee secretariat at Dhaka to delete it.

Regarding the top court docket order, BJP MLA and Chief of Opposition within the Meeting Suvendu Adhikari tweeted, “TMC is in charge of violating the Sub-section 5 of Segment 29A of The Illustration of Other folks’s Act. Looking to get a overseas nationwide elected, they didn’t undergo allegiance to the Charter of India via compromising the sovereignty, cohesion & integrity of India.”

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