It was a sultry Thursday afternoon. But the residents and shopowners of Bally-Nischinda, Madhyapara, Durgapur, Chalpatti, Natun Bazar and Ramchandrapur in the Domjur assembly constituency, hardly 25 km from Kolkata, did not go for a siesta. Instead, the people peeped out from the windows or verandahs of houses and shops to catch a glimpse of CPI(M) candidate and food processing minister Mohanta Chatterjee taking part in a road show.
It was virtually a show of strength as hundreds of motorbikes and open jeeps passed through the narrow roads in the semi-urban town, causing traffic snarls in front of Bally Nischinda Vidyalaya and Ghoshpara Nischinda Balika Vidyapith.
Chatterjee, while waving at the cheering crowd, looked confident of his victory for a second time even though a wave of change is staring his party. "Considering my performance in the past five years, people will re-elect me. We have done a lot for my constituency such as development of roads, regular supply of electricity and drinking water. But many other important works remain including setting up of a surface water treatment plant for adequate supply drinking water in the Bally, Jagachha, Sapuipara and Nischinda areas. We have discussed the issue with urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya seeking funds for the project," Chatterjee said.
"Apart from the local development issues, I am also meeting people and making them aware of Trinamool-sponsored violence across the state. People are well aware of Trinamool’s indifferent role in important issues including rising price rise in essential commodities and their involvement in spreading violence in colleges and institutions. They are still with the corrupt UPA government led by Congress," he said while his road show took a short break at Anandanagar.
Coming down heavily on the Opposition, he said: "Our government will give rice at R2 per kg in the public distribution system while the Opposition is taking up anti-people policies. The fuel price will shoot up again soon after the election."