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Burdwan combatants at ease before judgment day

The battle for Bengal is over and all eyes are now on the verdict of the people come Friday. All candidates who had hitherto run from pillar to post to garner support for their respective political affiliations are catching up with some much-needed rest before the big day dawns.

india Updated: May 12, 2011 16:08 IST
Mohammad Asif

The battle for Bengal is over and all eyes are now on the verdict of the people come Friday. All candidates who had hitherto run from pillar to post to garner support for their respective political affiliations are catching up with some much-needed rest before the big day dawns. While some are anxious about the harvest, others are basking in the winds of change.

This correspondent caught up with Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, the Trinamool Congress nominee from Burdwan South constituency, even as he was busy doing the rounds of all the wards of Burdwan municipality to meet party supporters.

His message to party supporters on the eve of the day of reckoning was to exercise restraint, be well-behaved with the locals and maintain order and peace in the area, just to illustrate "that we are different from the CPI(M)."

Enthusiastic Trinamool supporters have been knocking at Chattopadhyay’s door over the last few days to offer words of praise and support. The Trinamool nominee paid a visit to his Kolkata residence last week to meet his family members, but has otherwise been mostly seen spending his time with party supporters. Again, on Monday he presided over several programmes on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in Burdwan town.

Since he has been hard pressed to spare enough time for his family in the city, his kin have come over from Kolkata to stay with him.

Shahjahan Choudhury, the CPI(M) nominee from Mangalkot, has also been seen in the company of his party cadres since the elections got over. He has been attending several local party meetings and is also planning to hit the streets with his men to protest the petroleum price hike. Tied up with his party chores, he has also found little time for his family members just lately.

Apurba Choudhury, the Trinamool candidate from Mangalkot, did not appear too worried about the results and was in a fairly easy and relaxed mood instead. Speaking to this correspondent, he said that he has been longing for home-cooked food, as he had been largely deprived of it during the campaign phase. During the campaign trail, he often had to take lunch and dinner at the houses of his party supporters. Hence, since the end of polling, he has been catching up on home-cooked fare at his place twice daily. He has mostly been confined to his party office, listening to complaints of his party cadres in the violence-prone Mangalkot.

Abhash Roy Choudhury, the CPI(M) nominee from Baraboni, has been catching up on sleep, since he didn't have much sleep during the campaign phase. After carrying on an extensive door-to-door campaign across his constituency during the polls, he his now putting his feet up in between spending time with party supporters.

Abu Ayesh Mondal, Trinamool nominee from Monteshwar, has been busy collecting reports from party supporters at both the booth and grassroot level. On Monday, he arrived at his doctor's chamber for a check-up of the problematic left eye and fixed a date for operation.