Despite all the verbal duels, allegations and counter-allegations, the elections have done something good to the candidates. The political heavyweights have managed to shed weight while campaigning.
Soon after they were selected as candidates, the bigwigs hit the hectic campaign trail. The canvassing continued from morning till midnight and the leaders had to travel extensively around their constituencies, much of the time on foot. Whether it will create any difference in the vote bank is yet to be seen, but the immediate result is there to see. The candidates have got rid of the extra flab.
“I have lost 2kg. I usually weigh around 62.5kg but now it has come down to 60kg,” said Sashi Panja, the Trinamool Congress candidate from Shyampukur constituency. “I have a weighing machine at home and I check my weight every month. The machine clearly indicated that I have lost weight.”
There might be political differences between the CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress candidates, but when it came to losing weight, they all expressed similar happy views.
“After I started campaigning, I lost weight. I normally weigh 64kg, but just after seven days of canvassing I noticed that it had gone down to 62kg,” said Fuad Halim, CPI(M) candidate from Ballygunge assembly constituency.
Firhad Hakim, the Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata Port, is also quite glad to have lost weight. “I generally do not measure my body weight. Before the announcement of the candidate list, I had donated blood at a blood donation camp and came to know that I weighed 100kg. I think I have lost at least eight to 10kg, which is great news!” CPI(M) candidate from Kasba, Shatarup Ghosh, also the youngest candidate contesting this assembly elections, does not usually measure his weight. But he is certain that he has lost weight.
“While I was meeting people in my constituency, locals told me that I have become dark and thin. But it does not matter. I am more than happy to work for my party. I have been instructed me to go to other districts where elections are yet to be held,” said Ghosh.