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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Behrampore, October 10, 2012
After a few weeks of tiring election campaign, it was a time of leisure for them. Most candidates in the Jangipur Lok Sabha poll fray on Tuesday chose to relax and didn’t take much workload. The campaign for Jangipur Lok Sabha bypoll ended on Monday afternoon. A by-election will take place on Wednesday at Jangipur because the Lok Sabha seat has fallen vacant after the ascent of the former Jangipur MP, Pranab Mukherjee, to the post of President.

There are 11 candidates in the poll fray, which includes the son of the President Avijit Mukherjee. He is contesting as a Congress candidate.

A senior leader of district Congress said, “Today he kept a similar routine as on any other day. As per his usual routine, he woke up in the morning and took tea. Then he met some local people at his Dewli home. He didn’t leave the home to meet party workers.

Senior district Congress leaders are instructing the grassroots level Congress workers about their duty tomorrow.”

The leader said, “Today Avijit spoke with his parents over the telephone and later in the day he left for his ancestral home at Miriti of Birbhum driving the jeep himself. He will return by the evening.”

Avijit went there to seek the blessings of Pranab Mukherjee’s elder sister. BJP candidate of Jangipur Sudhansu Biswas spend the day with party supporters in the party office. He said, “I am in a relaxed mood. There is no war tomorrow that I should be tense.

Today I instructed my party supporters about their duty tomorrow. I have planned to spend the evening with my family.” An advocate, Biswas said, “For professional reasons, I live in Behrampore now. So, I have no vote tomorrow. I will visit the booths tomorrow.”

SDPI candidate Tayedul Islam said, “Like everyday I woke up at 4am, read Namaz and few lines from the holy Quran. Around 7am I came to the party office to supervise the day-to-day activities of my party supporters, who will act as agents in various booths.” After taking a nap in the afternoon, he returned to the party office.

Islam said, “There are 11 candidates in the poll fray tomorrow. But only I am a voter among them. In the early hours tomorrow, I will leave for Sagardighi’s Pakalpur gram panchayat office to cast my vote.”