The joint campaign of Congress and CPI(M) for Deepa Dasmunshi contesting against Mamata Banerjee in Bhowanipore failed to create any impact as both the parties could not get workers to do canvassing.
Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi was elected from South Kolkata seat in Parliament way back in 1971 after defeating CPI(M) candidate Ganesh Ghosh. After that he moved to Raigunj and Howrah, he won the election there. After Das Munshi fell ill in October, 2008, Lakshmi Basu, Susobhan Bose, Niren Chatterjee looked after South Kolkata. Even during the heydays of CPI(M), many youth joined Congress and it was said that if a lamp post was made a Congress candidate it will win the election.
The old leaders died and most of the Congress workers shifted to the newly formed party Trinamool Congress. The Congress vote bank also shifted its allegiance.
A CPI(M) worker of Bhoanipore said the leadership gave us responsibility to organise meetings without understanding the ground reality. In the past four-and-a –half-years neither our workers nor Congress had nurtured the constituency. Moreover, a chunk of CPI(M) workers have joined Forward Bloc and it is difficult to make them work for Das Munshi.
The election in Bhowanipore will be held on April 30 but there are hardly any walls left for the opposition.
Trinamool is yet to start full-fledged campaign but drawing wall graffiti is nearly complete. Party heavyweights like Subrata Bakshi, Sovan Chatterjee and Firhad Hakim will soon start campaigning on behalf of Mamata Banerjee. It is a tradition to end the campaign with a road show where Banerjee takes part and addresses a meeting at Hazra More.
Trinammol workers will start house to house campaign from next week. BJP is yet to start any campaign in favour of Chandra Bose. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address a meeting in Bhowanipore.
BJP is banking on non-Bengali voters. But, since it is Assembly election, a sizeable per cent of non-Bengali voters are expected to vote for the ruling party. Trinamool Congress will campaign lauding the development projects carried out by the party in the area.