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Curiosity in the air in camps of both parties

The conversation among the foot soldiers at Alumuddin Street and Kalighat were indicative of the moods in the rival camps.

india Updated: May 12, 2011 16:03 IST

The conversation among the foot soldiers at Alumuddin Street and Kalighat were indicative of the moods in the rival camps.

A handful of scribes and security officials formed a small crowd outside the main gate.

The single question doing the rounds in front of the CP(M) headquarters was "Will the Left be able to make a comeback for another term?" The securitymen posted at the building for several years also seemed curious about the exit polls results, an overwhelming majority of which

have claimed that the Left Front will be decimated.

"Accha ki hobe dada, jitbe mone hoi era? (What will happen sir, do you think they (Left Front) will win?)," asked a security officer who has been posted at the headquarters since 2008 and has witnessed the debacle of the Left Front in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

"Exit poll to bolchhe era harbe, kintu era to exit poll ke bhool (Exit polls are saying that they (Left Front) will lose, but they are saying exit polls are wrong)," answered another securityman.

The mood at Kalighat area was upbeat. Mamata Banerjee's neighbours were confident that their 55-year-old neighbour’s party will win. "Amra aar du din bade mukhyomantrir protibeshi hobo (After two days, we will be the neighbours of the chief minister)," said a youth.

The security guards and railway police personnel were on their toes, while a handful of scribes waited anxiously for Banerjee.