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Gen Y hits campaign trail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, April 10, 2011
First Published: 14:05 IST(10/4/2011) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(10/4/2011)

This assembly election has brought the candidates’ sons and daughters to the campaign field. Trinamool and CPI(M) are using the young guns to attract voters.

Be it Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, Trinamool MP Tapas Pal’s daughter Sohini, MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar’s sons Biswanath and Baidyanath, former  CPI(M) state secretary Anil Biswas’s daughter Ajanta or housing minister Goutam Deb’s son Saptarshi — they have all hit the campaign trail on behalf of the candidates.

While the Trinamool youth brigade joined a padayatra in Kasba and Jadavpur on Saturday, the young ones of Left leaders took to the streets in Kasba for Shatarup Ghosh on April 3.

The CPI(M) team included Saptarshi Deb, Ajanta Biswas state secretariat member Shyamal Chakraborty’s daughter Usashi and health minister Suryakanta Mishra’s daughter Raushnara.

Not to be outdone, the Trinamool on Saturday organised a similar rally.

“We think it is our duty to do our bit to bring change in Bengal. We are taking to the street and appealing to people to put an end to the Left regime, which gave Bengal only fear and violence,” said Abhishek, an MBA, who recently joined Trinamool and is part of the party’s cyber initiative.

“We will bring the change,” Abhishek added, while initiating the rally from Bijan Setu in south Kolkata and walking through RK Chatterjee Road in Kasba.

For Shreya, this election is of top priority so much so that she has taken a short break from her career in acting and modelling. Shreya, who was spotted campaigning for her father in his Manicktala constituency, has cancelled all her shooting schedule till April 29 to stay in Bengal and campaign.

“We are here because we want a new democratic government in Bengal. I have cancelled my shooting dates and will be here in Kolkata to support my father and the party,” Shreya said.

A graduate in business administration and an employee of PWC, Priyadarshini, daughter of Trinamool leader Atin Ghosh, thinks it is her responsibility to encourage young voters.

“Not only in this rally, we will also be helping Trinamool in every possible way.”

Leader of Opposition, Partha Chatterjee’s daughter Sohini, MMiC Sashi Panja’s daughter Puja, Trinamool MLA and councillor Firhad Hakim’s daughters Saba, Priyadarshini and Afsa were also part of the rally.

So were Kalyan Banerjee’s son Shirshanu and daughter Promiti, Sudipto Roy’s daughters Shilpi and Subesha, both doctors.

However, CPI(M) candidate Shatarup Ghosh, says he is not threatened by the support that Trinamool candidates were getting from their families.

“I am not threatened. They might be children of the leaders, but they have no mass support. Last evening, 3,000 activists of SFI walked for me.”

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