Nirbed Roy, scholar and expert on Kolkata’s history, is contesting from Tamluk Assembly constituency. He was MLA from this constituency between 2001 and 2006 defeating the CPI(M). Roy, who knows the area better than the back of his hands, is confident of his win because of his close contact with the masses and shares some of his experience with Pritesh Basu.
Q: You had been elected as MLA in 2001 from Tamluk Assembly constituency and you are again contesting in 2016 from the same seat. Have you noticed any change in the past one decade?
A: See, five years in between from 2006 to 2011 was completely wasted and no project was taken up due to lack of initiative of the CPI(M)’s MLA for an overall development of the area. Tamluk had become the headquarters of the newly formed East Midnapore district in 2002 and it had been a biggest achievement. Being the district’s headquarter a massive development has taken place in Tamluk. But there is no scope of self satisfaction as more needs to be done.
Q: What are the thrust areas in your election campaign?
A: We are mainly highlighting certain points including the positive outcome of dividing Midnapore into two districts for administrative reasons and making Tamluk the headquarters of East Midnapore. Moreover, the most work of electrification was executed in my constituency compared to that of the rest in the whole state when I became the MLA last time.
Q: What are the projects that have taken place in the past four and half years?
A: Utilising the MP Lad fund and Haldia Development Authority had also pumped in a huge amount of money to develop the basic infrastructure of the area and it includes construction of roads, installation of lights and setting up of a girls’ college.
Q: What is your planning for Tamluk if you are voted to power?
A: My aim is to set up a “real university” here in Tamluk. By “real university” I mean that it will be an institute of such standard that students will not come here after failing to secure admission in other universities. Instead they will attempt to secure admission here first and then they will move to other institutes. I am also hopeful of setting up a super-specialty hospital attached with a medical college.
The reason being the students of the medical college will get an opportunity for practical experience while working with senior doctors in the hospital as it happens in SSKM Hospital. Another important task that needs to be done is to solve the problem of crisis of drinking water and a water treatment plant connected to Rupnarayan could solve the problem.
Q: You had been to Congress in between and returned to Trinamool Congress again a year ago. Is there any difference in the attitude of the party workers?
A: I would like to mention that I had not left the party. I was being suspended for certain political reasons. Moreover I had not contested in 2006 Assembly election against Trinamool Congress despite being offered by Congress.
Q: What is your reaction on the Left Front and Congress alliance?
A: We all know the main purpose behind top Congress and CPI(M) leaders coming together to fight the election in the name of people’s alliance. There will be no existence of the so called alliance between Congress and Left Front after May 19, 2016 when the election results will be declared.
Q: Will issues like Sarada scam and Narada sting operation leave any impact on the election result of the Trinamool Congress?
A: Not at all. It is difficult for the Opposition parties to influence people here by the help of a section of media. People here have witnessed the development that has taken place under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee in the past four and half years. The development matters to them compared to that of such issues, which are baseless.
Q: CPI(M)’s state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra had labelled a tag of dynasty rule in East Midnapore during an election campaign. What is your reaction to this?
A: He passed all such comments as he is no more in a position to convince his own people. I would like to ask them have they forgotten the names of their leaders Biswanath Mukherjee and his wife Geeta Mukherjee?