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Didi puts her men on tight leash

There are few diktats which the Trinamool chief wants her supporters and candidates to strictly obey on May 13. Ravik Bhattacharya reports.

india Updated: May 12, 2011 15:26 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya

Order! Order! Stay put in your areas with workers throughout the night, if necessary. No victory rallies without my permission. No alcohol. Candidates should not rush to Kalighat or television studios without asking me.
Yours sincerely,
Mamata Banerjee

These are a few diktats which the Trinamool chief wants her supporters and candidates to strictly obey on May 13.

The orders were sent from Banerjee’s party office at Kalighat to all the districts on Tuesday. The message was then passed down to the block level.

"Her directions are very clear. We want the day to pass off peacefully. Our leader has specified our duties and restrictions. Action will be taken against anybody who violates it," Jyotipriyo Mullick, party observer of the North 24-Parganas and candidate from Habra, said on Wednesday. The directions have been issued to put reins on unbridled jubilation across the state, which may erupt if the party wins the polls.

A few exit polls have already predicted a landslide victory for the Trinamool Congress in the 294-seat assembly.

Trinamool leaders fear that a section of the Left leaders may instigate its workers to unleash violence in order to create a negative impression in the minds of the people after the results are declared.

Trinamool leaders and candidates have been told to get up early on Friday and reach the counting centres by 6.30am. They will be allowed to leave the centre only after receiving the certificate. "No one will be allowed to play gulal until the certificate is at hand," a party leader said. The candidates will then return to their respective area and focus on maintaining peace.