Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Kolkata HC  

KOLKATA: Alo Rani Sarkar Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate who unsuccessfully contested the Bongaon South assembly seat in 2021, is actually a Bangladeshi national.

The Calcutta High Court observed that the TMC leader was married to a Bangladeshi citizen named Harendra Nath Sarkar in 1980 and stayed with him in the neighboring country for a few years. Following matrimonial discord, she began staying in India permanently.

On Friday Calcutta High Court passed its order on Sarkar’s petition that basically challenged the poll results in West Bengal.

During the hiring process on May 13,  Swapan Majumdar responded lawyers of Bharatiya Janata Party, who won seat by around 2000 seats, stated in the Calcutta high court that “Sarkar’s petition must be rejected because it’s confirmed that  Rani Sarkar is a Bangladeshi national and India does not allow dual citizenship.

Rani Sarkar’s husband, Dr Harendra Nath Sarkar is a well known professor of medicine at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College in Barisal, Bangladesh, claimed in the petition.

The respondent submitted evidence that is National Identity Card (No.7307645577) of Bangladesh issued in the name of the Rani Sarkar. It showed her as a bona fide voter of Barisal district.

After the petition court set up an inquiry to establish her nationality and reports were sought from several departments in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile Sarkar’s lawyers claim that she was born in Bengal’s Hooghly district in 1969 but after marriage in 1980 she became a Bangladeshi citizen. The relationship didn’t last long and she left Dr Harendra Nath Sarkar because of matrimonial discord and returned to India

Adding to his statement Sarkar’s lawyers said, in 2012 she enrolled her name in the electoral roll of Bangladesh ‘which was out of mistake’, meanwhile when she notice it in 2020 she requested the Election Commission secretariat at Dhaka to delete it

The inquiry, which was ordered by the Calcutta high court, found Sarkar to be a Bangladeshi national by virtue of birth and the judge made strong observations, even referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.