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Bengal gears up for phase 4

india Updated: May 02, 2011 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent

All eyes will be on Singur and Nandigram on Tuesday as 63 constituencies of Bengal go to polls.

The fourth phase of assembly polls will be crucial for Trinamool Congress - Singur and Nandigram being the hotspots that catapulted its chief Mamata Banerjee to political centrestage.

Singur hit the headlines twice, in 2006 and 2008, first for snatching Tata's Nano car plant from the competition and then for losing it in face of opposition by Banerjee. Subsequently, Nandigram became the cradle of her 'wave of change'.

"I am just waiting to see my winning margin," said Trinamool's Firoza Bibi, the sitting legislator, whose son was among the 14 people felled by police bullets in Nandigram on March 14, 2007.

"It will be bigger than the vote margin by which I won last time," she said.

The CPM has given up all hopes of a victory in Nandigram, choosing instead to tout the margin as an indicator of support.

"We were not allowed to enter Nandigram, let alone campaign," said Ashok Guria, district committee member of CPM in East Midnapore.

Singur offers the possibility of a more interesting battle, where a section of the population waits for Banerjee to return their land and another for the industry that she promised.

In fray from Burdwan South is Nirupam Sen, the industry minister, considered the architect of the Singur experiment and the second most important member of the sixth and seventh Left Front cabinets.

The four districts that go to the polls are Hooghly (18 seats), Howrah (16 seats), East Midnapore (16 seats) and Burdwan (13 out of 25). Of these, the Trinamool is expected to sweep East Midnapore.

But among the constituencies are pockets of Hooghly and Burdwan that were considered Left fiefdoms till the anti-incumbency wave gathered momentum in the state.