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CPM too is playing on dynasty politics.

THE CPM has always been vocal against the Gandhi family accusing it of monopolising political power in the country. When it comes to its own home turf, however, the CPM doesn't even blink an eyelid in emulating the family it so criticises.

The party has chosen Romola Chakraborty as a candidate for the Belgachhia East constituency.

Romola is the wife of CPM's controversial state secretariat member and minister Subhas Chakraborty who died two months ago. Though CPM officially cited no reason why Romola was chosen as a candidate, insiders said that she was the only option as the party lost a sizeable chunk of its support base and the only choice left was to bank on a sympathy wave.

Dynastic rule by CPM bigwigs was so far confined to the districts and municipalities. This never happens in Kolkata. In panchayat and municipal polls, wives of powerful CPM leaders have often been fielded in seats reserved for women.

The Trinamool Congress, too, is not far behind the CPM when it comes to monopolising political power by a single family. Union minister Sisir Adhikari and his son Subhendu Adhikari have already pocketed the two Lok Sabha seats from East Midnapore.

Now Sisir's younger son Dibyendu has been chosen as the Trinamool candidate for the Contai South assembly byelection.

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Date:Oct 17, 2009
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