“Kalighater Moyna (Mamata) satti katha bolena, thanda thanda cool cool, muchhe jabe Trinamool” (Moyna (Mamata Banerjee) of Kalighat never tells the truth. Trinamool will be wiped out), shouted a group of comrades, mainly women, as their huge procession passed through crowded lanes of Gobindo Khotik Road seeking votes for Debesh Das, state IT minister and CPI(M) candidate contesting the Entally constituency.
Das clad in trousers and an off-white full-sleeve shirt greeted people with folded hands and sometimes waved at the electorate requesting them to elect him.
Das, a computer science professor of Jadavpur University, knows he will have to fight against Trinamool Congress candidate Swarnakamal Saha on a tough wicket this time. His constituency comprises five municipal wards 54, 55, 56, 58 and 59. The first four wards, were earlier in the Taltala Assembly segment, but have now been included in the Entally seat.
Das had won the Taltala constituency in 2006 assembly elections. Talatala seat has been abolished after delimitation. Considering the fear-factor, CPI(M) is stressing on regular door-to-door campaigns in the constituency in order to make Das known to about 1.94 lakh electorate.
Das led a huge procession of around 2,000 CPI(M) supporters meandered through Atul Sur Road, Seal Lane, Kamardanga, Christopher Road, Gobra burial ground, Pavlov Mental hospital, Sundari Mohan Avenue, CIT Road, Padmapukur and Ananda Palit Road.