Trinamool Congress leaders and candidates seem poised to celebrate the occasion of Holi in their respective constituencies, connecting with the very people who may vote them to power in the upcoming Assembly polls in April.
Veteran MLA and sitting chief whip of the party, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay will take part in a cultural programme in his constituency from 9 am onwards.
One can catch a glimpse of the leader playing with gulal in the Lake Market-Mudiali area where women, dressed as bauls, will sing and dance as the event unfolds.
A large number of party workers as well as voters of the area are expected to attend this Holi function, an annual feature in Chattopadhyay’s constituency, Rashbehari.
Another sitting Minister in the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet, Shashi Panja—daughter in law of the late Ajit Panja— is expected to spent time in her constituency—Shyampukur—on Wednesday.
“I may or may not play with colours, tomorrow (Wednesday) being Choti Holi.
“I will however attend a large gathering of party workers and people at a cultural event. I will at least visit two wards of Shyampukur and meet with the people”, said Panja.
Newcomer Laxmi Ratan Shukla will be touring his constituency, Howrah North, in an open jeep on Wednesday for two to three hours. The ace all rounder—now retired from cricket—will meet people of the area and also play a bit of Holi with them. Recently, the Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee – campaigned for Shukla and another new candidate Vaishali Dalmiya.
Aroop Roy, Trinamool Congress leader from Howrah said: “Holi is a national festival, used mostly for peacemaking among different sections of the people. I am hopeful that party candidates will make full use of this occasion for connecting with people”.
As for Trinamool Congress heavyweights Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and Sovan Chatterjee are also expected to meet people in their neighbourhood on the occasion of Holi.