Sabang: When Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the other day that Sabang would go the Gujarat way, people in this West Midnapore constituency derived a new meaning out of it. They wanted political parties to ensure peace in the assembly bypoll on Thursday like in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
“We do not want any violence in the election on Thursday. We have had enough of it,” said Mantu Jana at the Sabang bus stand, remembering the killing of Congress booth leader Joydeb Jana a day before the 2016 assembly poll in Sabang.
CPM has lodged a police complaint against Trinamool leaders Gour Bera from Balpai and Subhas Karan from Bishnupur. Its complaint states these two were bringing in outsiders to take control of polling booths on Thursday.
BJP leader Raju Mukherjee alleged that Trinamool men, with the help of civic police, were out to grab votes. Congress candidate Chiranjib Bhowmik said Trinamool toughs from Pingla, Laxmibari had reached Sabang.
Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Manas Bhuiyan refuted the charge and said he was sure of TMC winning with support of Sabang voters. His wife Gita is the TMC candidate.
Manas is right if one takes a look at Trinamool’s tally in Sabang in the 2016 poll. Its candidate Tushar Ghosh got 77,820, which is much more than BJP’s 5,610 votes.
BJP leaders do not buy the argument. “There was a similar situation in Contai. Our candidate broke barriers and increased the tally manifold by drawing votes from the Left and Congress,” BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said.
Aware of the ground reality, CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra made all efforts to protect the Left vote bank that has suffered erosion in preceding polls.
“The Left is fighting against both BJP and Trinamool,” Mishra said. A major shift from Left and Congress to BJP can only help CPM catch up with Trinamool.