Trinamool Congress leaders and workers of East Midnapore are confident of retaining all the 16 seats where polling is scheduled to be held on May 5, the last day of the six phase election.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will visit the district on May 1 as the campaign comes to an end on May 3.
East Midnapore was a den of CPI(M) for 34 years. Some of the areas where election would be held on May 5 are infamous for violence, murder, intimidation and stifling the voice of democracy for three decades. Because of CPI(M)’s inhuman torture of poor people, places like Khejuri, Nandigram, Haldia, Contai came to the limelight.
The people of the district responded to the clarion call of change by Mamata Banerjee and TMC candidates won in all the seats. Since then development has taken place in the area. Poor people are getting Rs 2 a kg rice under Khadyashri project. Sabuj Sathi has helped students of state run, aided and sponsored school to go to their school by cycles and Kanyashree has helped the girls to carry on with their education and it has successfully stopped early marriage of girls in the villages. The people are happy with the TMC government.
Bhaskar Singh, a voter of Panskura East said: “We are getting two square meals a day along with drinking water and electricity. The rural roads have been improved and boys and girls are going to schools. They have got cycles. We will all vote for Trinamool this year.”
The octogenarian mason has seen leaders like Sushil Dhara, Ajoy Mukherjee, Biswanth Mukherjee. Undivided Midnapore district was the biggest district in undivided India. The district has produced highest number of revolutionaries who took part in armed struggle and were hanged.
In Panskura East constituency, Biplab Roy Chowdhury is confident of retaining the seat. In 2011 Assembly election he contested as a candidate of Congress- TMC tie up and defeated Amiya Sahu of CPI(M) by 13, 167 votes. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, TMC candidate Subhendu Adhikary got over 86,000 votes in this segment followed by Ibrahim Ali of Left Front who got 62,898 votes. Congress and BJP candidates got 7,307 and 12, 351 votes respectively. If we go by statistics then also Roy Chowdhury is ahead of his competitors.
Congress does not have any base and BJP will not be able to retain 12,000 odd votes. TMC will get a certain percentage of BJP’s vote too. The area has witnessed improvement in infrastructure in the past five years. Traffic jam on Kolaghat Bridge is now a matter of the past.
People are getting medicine at the fair price shops and there are super specialty hospitals that have come up in the district. We will have to wait till May 19 to see with how much margin Roy Chowdhury is returned back by the people.