In a rare gesture Trinamool Congress candidate from Entally, Swarnakamal Saha on Thursday gave a patient hearing to the complaints raised by his rival Debesh Das of CPI(M) and assured him all possible help to ensure free and fair elections.
In the afternoon when the election was being conducted, the two contestants of the rival parties suddenly met each other at their constituency. From early in the morning both the contestants were out there on the streets to observe the ongoing poll processes at Entally. After seeing Saha right in front him, Das told him in some booths, polling agents of his party were driven out of the booths by Trinamool Congress men. Saha, however, told Das he did not have any such information and told him that poll was being conducted in peaceful manner at all the booths under Entally Assembly constituency. As Das was unwilling to accept this, Saha requested Das to accompany him to the booths where CPI(M) polling agents were not allowed inside the booths, as Das had alleged. Saha also assured that if any TMC activists were found to have opposed CPI(M) polling agents to enter the polling booths he would take action against them. If the allegations were found to be true Saha himself would drive the accused out of the booths to ensure a free and fair elections.
Though, there was a fierce battle between the two candidates belonging to two rival parties but keeping aside the electoral battle Saha came an extra mile to listen to the complaints. Even the local residents and voters who were present in the area were happy to see the gestures shown by Saha. While conversing Das wanted to know from Saha if he knew that the CPI(M) polling agents were driven out in three/four booths under this constituency. Saha informed Das: “I have no such information. If your complaint is true I would take action against my party men. Please come with me to the booths you mention. I assure you that nobody can stop your polling agents to enter the polling booths.”
Though, Das did not finally accept Saha’s request. In these days we often see the political leaders attacking other leaders, heated exchange. Sometimes we see leaders hurling objectionable comments to his opponents. But the Thursday’s incident has set a classic example for others to follow.