A dream to transform the backward Topsia-Tiljala area in to a modern hamlet coupled with intense mass contact through full proof organisation network and sheer hard work have put Trinamool Congress candidate from Kasba Assembly constituency Javed Ahmed Khan yards ahead of his political competitors in this Assembly elections.
Khan, who was the fire and emergency services minister in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, has given a new shape to the densely populated area and made his electorates feel that if the will is genuine then the results will equally be beneficial to them.
The same will that have brought in development for all sections of people in his Assembly constituency also kept him much ahead of the Oppositions assuring an easy win.
In the past four-and-a-half years, there would not be any pocket left in the constituency where development has not left its mark.
Problems starting from poor supply of safe drinking water to water logging in the slum areas during monsoon were first identified by Khan himself soon after the change of guard in the state in 2011.
He kept silent and continued working out on the issues. Initially, he just used to tell that “it is just a matter of time to give a new shape to the area” whenever a local resident approached him with any existing problem.
Within a year the residents had started realising the changes and after almost five years now they “feel proud” to claim themselves as a voter from Kasba Assembly constituency.
The reason being, now the roads are properly illuminated, every one starting from a slum dweller to a resident of a high rise get sufficient supply of safe drinking water, schools in the area have been upgraded to Madhyamik level and heap of garbage is the matter of the past.
Suraj Mallick, a local shop owner, said earlier there was sufficient supply of drinking water only in highrise buildings as affluent people stay there.
Neither any step was taken for sufficient supply of water in slums nor there any initiative for a better living of the slum dwellers when Left Front was in power. Now the steps were taken in such a way that people of all classes were benefitted equally.
CPI(M) has again fielded Satarup Ghosh against Khan from this constituency. Khan had won the Assembly elections from Kasba in 2011 defeating Ghosh by 19,889 votes.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool Congress had bagged 37.81 per cent votes in its favour.
Being known for his social work, Khan is now waiting to get dividend of the development work undertaken by him in the past five years with an increase in margin of his winning votes.
The election in Kasba Assembly constituency is scheduled to take place on April 30.
Khan, who knows his area like the palm of his right hand, might have already completed the homework to undertake projects for further development of the area in his next spell as an MLA from Kasba Assembly constituency.
The reason being people in the area is considering him as the face of development and the man behind the modern fire service department.