Welcome to Kalyanpur. Here, people sometimes do support different parties, Trinamool and CPI(M), but they are not at war with each other. They coexist peacefully.
Rajanikanta Doloi and Rameshwar Doloi, both from the same village, contested against each other at Keshpur assembly constituency. But, many residents of the village in the Chandrakona assembly seat, from where the two Dolois hail from, supporters of two different political parties, gossiped and had lunch together on Saturday. This not only inspired the two candidates but also sent a message to the state.
On Saturday, besides Keshpur, polls were also held at Chandrakona assembly seat.
At Keshpur, Rajanikanta Doloi contested as a Congress candidate and Rameshwar Doloi CPI(M). And, both hope to win.
At Kalyanpur, the people are perhaps not bothered about the difference in ideology. In the remote village in Chandrakona, supporters of two main political parties not only sat side by side, at a distance from the polling booth in the village, they also talked with each other, just like on any other day. The supporters also shared lunch at the same time.
Rajanikanata Doloi said, "People in Kalyanpur have always been together. Like other places people have different political views but that does not reflect in their daily lives. Differing political views have not hampered normal relations and that has been witnessed this day too."
His rival, Rameshwar Doloi, said, "The village people have their own lives and its natural for them. They all have their own political views but it does not create any barrier in mixing with each other. We will feel sorry if we see that people have gone far from each other only for political reasons."
CPI(M) supporter Shankar Patra said, "We may believe in different political ideologies, but in the village we all are united. What the result will be and who will win are different matters. But we live here side by side and today is a reflection of how we coexist peacefully."
"We earlier might have had problems, but this time there are no differences. Our parties are different but we are people from the same village," said Trinamool supporter Subal Doloi.