CPI(M)’s alliance with Congress is not likely to create any impact in Debra Assembly constituency where election would be held on April 11.
Debra was famous for its notoriety with the CPI(M) establishing its absolute control between 1977- 2011. Congress workers were harassed on one pretext or the other.
Some of them were forced to leave the village and murdered. After Trinamool Congress was set up in 1998, many youth left Congress and joined TMC.
But still the area remained a CPI(M) stronghold till TMC- Congress alliance candidate Radhakanta Maity defeated Sheikh Shorab Hussain of CPI(M) by over 10,000 votes in 2011 election. After the election a massive erosion took place and many CPI(M) cadres joined TMC.
Over the years CPI(M) has failed to organise its strength. The party’s local committee which was once considered to be the all powerful body ceased to exist.
There was a time when local committees played the role of courts and people were forced to accept their decision. Civil matters and even criminal cases were heard by the committee leaders and their judgement was considered final.
In 2014 Lok Sabha poll, TMC candidate Deb got a huge lead from this segment. He got 84, 431 votes against Santosh Rana of Left Front who got 63, 701 votes and Manas Bhuniya got 12,086 votes.
The BJP candidate got 15, 659 votes. So, if the votes of CPI(M) and Congress are added then also TMC has a fair chance of winning the seat with handsome margin.
Development has become the key issue in the area. Over the years, road connectivity has improved and the recently introduced Kanyashree and Kanyasathi have become very popular. Khadyashri where rice is given at Rs 2 per kg has become very popular. “Gone are those days when CPI(M) used to scare us. Now we get rice at Rs 2 per kg and the children are going to school. TMC will come to power,” said Nrisingha Maity, a shop owner. The Trinamool workers are toiling hard to ensure victory for their candidate with a bigger margin. We will have to wait till May 19 to see whether people support them or not.