The Jangipur Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal is the cynosure of all eyes from where Congress stalwart Pranab Mukherjee would be seeking re-election.
The 74-year-old Congress veteran, who made a maiden entry to the Lok Sabha from this constituency in 2004, hit the campaign trail in late March with road shows.
“You blessed me last time and sent me to Delhi. I have tried to develop the area. My party has chosen me to fight from this seat and I ask for your blessings again,” Mukherjee says while appealing people to vote for him.
Jangipur, a border area adjoining Bangladesh, is a predominantly Muslim majority seat in Murshidabad district. There are around six lakh bidi workers in the constituency. It is also close to Berhampore, from where district Congress strong-man Adhir Chowdhury would be seeking re-election.
The constituency adjoins the Malda Lok Sabha seat, considered to be a Congress stronghold due to the personal charisma of the late Congress stalwart A B A Ghani Chowdhury.
The main concerns of the people here are checking erosion caused by the Padma-Ganga and the Bhagirathi rivers, the generation of electricity and improvement of roads.
Mukherjee has not neglected his constituency with many projects having been undertaken by the Centre and funds coming from the Planning Commission to the area.