Kolkata: CPM has fielded Saira Shah Halim, wife of Dr Fuad Halim for the Ballygunge bypoll. The niece of veteran actor Nasiruddin Shah, Saira Shah will be contesting against Trinamool Congress’ Babul Supriyo.
Saira’s father-in-law Hashim Abdul Halim was the longest-serving speaker of the Bengal assembly.
While talking to eNewsroom India, Saira stressed working for all communities. And that people are aware Supriyo is not only riot accused and but also a turncoat. “People want a leader with a clean image, who has no malice at heart against any community,” Saira pointed out and added that she will work for a pluralistic society as she hates communalism. Saira also believes that the situation is different when the assembly polls had taken place last year, at that time people voted for TMC to stop BJP, but now there is no such need, and people understand this.
She also mentioned that Bollywood legend Nasiruddin can campaign for her.
The Ballygunge bypoll has become the talk of the town as TMC picked Supriyo, who is riot accused by the TMC government itself.
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