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Code green for zone red

Call it making the red one green. As results trickled out, Trinamool supporters began to play with “green abir” in an area known as a Red stronghold. Koushik Dutta reports.

india Updated: May 14, 2011 01:01 IST
Koushik Dutta

Call it making the red one green. As results trickled out, Trinamool supporters began to play with “green abir” in an area known as a Red stronghold.

Supporters of the Left Front began to leave their tents as news arrived that their leaders were not winning this time. Also, it has been decisively proved now that in Jangalmahal area, the days of PCAPA are gone.

Everybody had an eye on Jhargram constituency after PCAPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato filed his nomination. Many had thought that Mahato will pull a good share of the votes away from Trinamool and that, in turn, would give an advantage to CPI(M), which had been cornered in the area after the Netai killings.

But, the elections proved beyond doubt that there wasn’t much support for PCAPA, definitely not as much as it had seemed in the beginning.

Although some did vote for Mahato, it did not come in the way of an easy win for Sukumar Hansda, the Jhargram Trinamool candidate.

PCAPA leaders, who thought that people of the area would elect their leader, were disappointed even though the main enemy CPI(M) lost decisively.

As Hansda, and other two Trinamool candidates, Dulal Murmu and Churamani Mahato, won from Nayagram and Gopiballavpur, their supporters began to dance with party flags and green abir in the streets of Jhargram town.

The scene was completely different in the opposing tents. Before the complete results were declared, Bhutnath Soren, CPI(M) candidate of Nayagram, left the place of counting in a huff as the trend pointed towards a green win.

The law minister of the seventh Left Front government, Rabilal Maitra, came out of the hall, who contested from Gopiballavpur, came out with head hung low. He did not speak to anyone.

Although Dibakar Hansda, of CPI(M) won Binpur, by defeating sitting MLA Chunibala Hansda of JKP(Naren), supporters of CPI(M) did not rejoice much as they had already heard about the green revolution in the state, and in the district too.

The scene was not different in Midnapore town. Trinamool supporters began to play with green abir, as right from the start of the counting they got information about the lead in many seats in the district as well as in the other parts of the state.

Although Sushanta Ghosh and Rameshwar Daloi won from Garbeta and Keshpur, their winning margin was much less than of the last time. And the win of the seats not only added flavour in Congress-Trinamool tents, they were happy with the fight they had given right inside a red stronghold.

In Khargpur and Ghatal, too the scene was the same. Even CPI(M) won in some seats, but they were not in a mood to celebrate the win.

With the win of six seats out of nine, for the Trinamool-Congress alliance in Purulia district, supporters covered the roads with green abir. They danced their hearts out.

In East Midnapore the alliance won in all 16 seats in the district. After such a result, upset CPI(M) leaders had no words, while Congress and Trinamool leaders had a lot to say. One of them said, “People are celebrating the historic day with green freedom.”