Ben­gal’s Sec­ond Date with Polls

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Kolkata: West Ben­gal vot­ers will de­cide the fate of some prom­i­nent lead­ers, in­clud­ing CPM state party sec­re­tary Sur­jya Kanta Mishra and for­mer Ben­gal Congress pres­i­dent Manas Bhu­nia, on Mon­day. Mishra i s c o nt e s t i ng from Narayan­garh assem­bly seat and Bhu­nia is in the fray at Sabong assem­bly even as 31 assem­bly con­stituen­cies go to polls in the sec­ond part of the first phase of polls in the state.

It’s also an acid test for some rebels such as for­mer CPM MLA Ch­haya Dolui, who left the party and joined Tri­namool Congress, and An­tara Bhat­tachar­jee, for­mer CPM zilla par­ishad sab­had­hipati o f West Mid­na­pore dis­trict who is fight­ing this elec­tions as a BJP nom­i­nee.

If vot­ers vote ex­actly as they did in the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions, then Mishra would be trail­ing his Tri­namool Congress ri­val by 26,405 votes at Narayan­garh seat, which falls un­der Mid­na­pore Lok Sabha con­stituency. Now, the CPM and Congress are fight­ing this assem­bly polls to­gether. But then, the Congress had got just 4,097 votes from this assem­bly con­stituency in 2014.

Mishra is, there­fore, in a tight spot and chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s rally at Narayan­garh last week — where she came down heav­ily on the poll ad­just­ment be­tween the CPM and Congress — may have made it worse for the Left leader.

BJP, too, is run­ning a strong cam­paign and PM Modi has al­ready held a mas­sive rally at Kharag­pur.

CPM state party sec­re­tary Sur­jya Kanta Mishra is in a tight spot at Narayan­garh

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