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No change in wall graffiti

Six days after Kolkata voted on April 27, candidates subscribing to both CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress haven’t really bothered to bring down the hoardings or clean up the graffiti on walls. Nandini Guha reports.

kolkata Updated: May 05, 2011 17:39 IST
Nandini Guha

Election promises are meant to be broken, it seems. Six days after Kolkata voted on April 27, candidates subscribing to both CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress haven’t really bothered to bring down the hoardings or clean up the graffiti on walls. In Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s constituency, Jadavpur, some walls still urge voters to cast their ballot in his favour.

In Tollygunge, one can still see wall graffiti urging electors to refrain from voting for the “pro-Maoist” Trinamool candidate Arup Biswas. This is despite Trinsmool chief Mamata Banerjee’s instructions to candidates to remove election graffiti as quickly as possible.

Moving to Ballygunge, one sees both CPI(M) Fuad Halim and Trinamool heavyweight Subrata Mukherjee painted brightly on the walls. “We will take up the cleaning operation next Sunday. We will first take off the festoons and banners. Then we will concentrate on whitewashing the walls. Party workers and volunteers will do the needful,” said Halim, who is concentrating on his medical profession for now. As for Mukherjee, he will have the walls and hoardings cleaned up only after the counting is done on May 13.

In Shyampukur constituency, party workers are concentrating on bringing down hoardings and cleaning up wall graffiti in ward 17 (Dorjipara). “About 30% of the work is already done. In another two to three days, I expect the entire whitewashing of walls to be complete. Since the constituency is quite large, it is taking time to clean the campaign material,” said Shashi Panja, Trinamool candidate.

Though the Election Commission has not laid down a specific deadline for cleaning the walls, and bringing down the hoardings and posters, it is keeping an eye on candidates who are slipping. “For wall writing, it is an arrangement between the party and the house owner who gave permission. If the candidate has written on the walls of a house or building used by the government, the EC is responsible for cleaning up the writing,” said NK Sahana, joint electoral officer, West Bengal.