A CPI(M) candidate in West Bengal is engaged in a bitter contest with his maternal uncle in the coming election.

Santanu Bora and his uncle Gurupada Mete — who are contesting on CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress tickets respectively — have not been on speaking terms for the last seven years. They are making their election debuts from the Indus seat in Bankura district, which goes to the poll on May 7.

The political divide is spilling over to the rest of the family as well. While Santanu's mother rates her son's chances of winning higher than those of her brother, his grandmother thinks it is more likely that her son Gurupada will emerge victorious.