Campaign call: Mimi greets Jadavpur residents as weather brightens in city after impact of Fani
Kolkata: With the weather condition normalising in Bengal following the impact of cyclonic storm Fani, Trinamool Congress candidate from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency Mimi Chakraborty campaigned intensively on a bright sunny Sunday morning.
The star candidate from TMC was accompanied by the state Public Works department and Youth Affairs minister Aroop Biswas. Chakraborty began her campaign from ward 101 at Baishnabghata Patuli area in a hoodless jeep and visited every nook and corner of the ward.
The Jadavpur Assembly constituency is one of the seven constituencies under Jadavpur parliamentary constituency, where Trinamool Congress had lost in the 2016 Assembly elections, with Sujan Chakraborty of CPI(M) defeating his rival Manish Gupta of TMC by 15,939 votes.
Questioned about TMC's defeat in the Assembly polls in Jadavpur, Chakraborty said: "Past is past. I am looking forward to the future. TMC will win, which will bring better days for the people in Jadavpur. The way I am getting support and response from the common people in my campaign, I am confident of victory from the Jadavpur seat as well as from this Assembly constituency."
Biswas said that there is dissatisfaction, particularly among the young CPI(M) supporters, with the nomination of Bikash Bhattacharya from this seat. "They had wanted somebody from the local leadership to be fielded. Many of them are telling that Bikash Babu is an outsider. Some 500 odd CPI(M) supporters have joined our party in protest against his candidature," Biswas said.
He maintained that there were some mistakes during the last Assembly elections that resulted in the defeat of Gupta, but added that the way the TMC supporters are working in the Jadavpur Assembly constituency, it will give a big lead to Chakraborty.
In the last Lok Sabha elections, Sugata Bose of TMC had defeated Sujan Chakraborty of CPI(M) by 1,25,203 votes. Bose could not contest the elections this time because of his engagement with Harvard University.
Chakraborty is a popular Tollywood actor of the modern generation. Her nomination had come as a surprise for many but she accepted her political innings very seriously, which is evident from the way she has tried to reach out to the residents in the entire Jadavpur parliamentary constituency.
Jadavpur is one of the nine Lok Sabha seats that are going for polls on May 19, the last phase of the elections in Bengal. BJP has fielded Anupam Hazra for the seat.