Ahead of the elections in their constituencies, Trinamool Congress candidates are now busy in organising programmes to involve common people in the celebration of Bengali New Year.
Workers of the political party are now busy in the preparation of programmes amidst of their everyday’s hectic schedule of election campaign in favour of their candidates.
Since the election schedule was announced, politicians had eyed two important festivals — Holi and Bengali New Year — to establish contact with the masses by organising different programmes.
Almost all candidates had organised various programmes in Holi where people from the area had participated and interacted with the candidates.
In Bengali New Year, too, the candidates from the Assembly constituencies where the election is yet to take place have got another platform to share time with the people from the grassroot level.
Party workers were found going door-to-door to distribute cards to invite people in joining the programme organised on the eve of Bengali New Year on April 14.
Elections in 49 Assembly seats in West Bengal districts including West Midnapore, Bankura, Burdwan and Purulia are already over.
Polls in rest of the 185 Assembly constituencies are scheduled to take place on April 17, 21, 25, 30 and March 5.
Prabhatpheris, cultural programmes and competitions like blowing of conches for women are being organised by the workers of the political parties in their respective areas. Banners with the details of the programmes to celebrate the Bengali New Year have come up as attracted ones in between those with political slogans.
Children will sing and perform dance in prabhatpheri and artistes from Tollywood are also expected to be present in the cultural programmes that will continue throughout the day. One thing which is common in programmes at all the constituencies is distribution of sweets in the end.
People have welcomed the move taken up by the candidates of Trinamool Congress. Samaresh Nath, a resident of north Kolkata, said: “Kolkata is known for its culture. It is the cultural capital of the country and such initiatives are always expected as it helps in retaining the true spirit of the state.”
Rajiv Banerjee, Trinamool Congress candidate from Domjur Assembly constituency in Howrah, said there will be cultural programmes throughout the day and there can’t be anything better than interacting with so many people on the auspicious day of the New Year.
The candidate of the party from Entally Assembly constituency, Swarna Kamal Saha, said the prabhatpheri in his area will begin from near Tangra police station.
The procession will march through different places of ward number 58 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and it will end somewhere on Puluin Khatik Road. Chaau artistes will also be taking part in the procession.
Candidates of the party and political leaders had put up banners at important crossings wishing Happy Bengali New Year to the people.