Former Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta, Ramala Charkarborty widow of Subhash Chakraborty along with CPI(M) fire brand leaders Rabin Deb and Soumendranath Bera on Monday cast their votes for the first time in their lives in favour of alliance candidate Arunabha Ghosh in Salt Lake where elections remained absolutely peaceful.
Arunabha Ghosh who had been outspoken against CPI(M), has come out before the television camera and was in all praise for the CPI(M). Even few months ago, Ghosh had been vocal against his long standing political enemy CPI(M). But the formation of alliance between the CPI(M) and Congress has changed the entire scenario. Ghosh who often used to criticise the CPI(M) for the oppression carried out by its leaders is now praising the party for its discipline.
It’s yet to be seen if he can win the election depending on his long time rival CPI(M) who has turned out to be his best friend. Ghosh on Monday praised the organisational capacity of CPI(M) to sail through the election. He also expressed his happiness as the election was conducted in Salt Lake peacefully. While talking to the media Ghosh on Monday said that discipline within the CPI(M) and its organizational capacity has been excellent, not only during the campaign, but also on the day of poll.
People in Bidhannagar on Monday witnessed absolute peaceful elections. Not a single incident of any major incident was reported here. Taking a lesson from the corporation the district administrative officials also worked on to present free and fair elections.
The Election Commission of India has also taken up unprecedented security arrangements so that people come out freely in the Salt Lake. The security was tightened at all the entry and exit points from Saturday night. The Central Forces jawans were conducting search in every ongoing buses which was entering into Salt Lake. Police were also keeping a tab on the hotels and guest houses situated at Salt Lake and the vicinity.
The Opposition parties were apprehending that the ruling party might have use musclemen from outside to create chaos and intimidate voters in the area but the picture was quite different here on the day poll.
In the morning some leaders of the Opposition parties alleged that the Congress polling agent was driven out of the booth by Trinamool Congress men at CB block in Salt Lake. The Central Forces and police immediately rushed to the spot and found that allegation was baseless.