The four Trinamool nominees in Murshidabad are hoping to ride the winds of change sweeping across the state and return a positive mandate in the assembly polls.
The grand success of party chief Mamata Banerjee’s whirlwind tour across all the four assembly seats in support of the nominees has further fuelled their hopes of a win.
At her meetings in all four constituencies, Banerjee had echoed the harsh words of veteran Congress leader and Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee towards the dissident Congress nominees contesting as Independents against the Trinamool nominees.
However, even as they are optimistic about their electoral prospects, the Trinamool nominees feel that had local strongman and Behrampore MP Adhir Chowdhury not thrown his weight behind the dissidents, their battle could have been a lot easier. “I don’t believe the Independents are anti-Left candidates. They have actually been fielded with a view to reducing the anti-Left votes,” said Idris Ali, the Trinamool nominee from the Jalangi assembly seat.
Hinting at the Behrampore MP, who had been fuelling dissidence in the districts, Ali said, “Some people are striving to defeat the alliance nominees. They have forgotten that the alliance had not only been ratified by the top leaders of both the parties, but also been endorsed by the workers at the grassroots level,” said Ali.
“A Congress leader of Behrampore (Adhir Chowdhury) is working against the interest of the Congress nominees. He doesn’t want Mannan Hossain’s son and Domkal nominee Shoumik to win,” said the Trinamool nominee from Jalangi.
Sagir Hossain, the Trinamool nominee from Bhagabangola, said, “There are factions even in the ranks of the Left in my constituency. So even the Left votes could be divided.”
District Congress leadership has fielded Syed Alamgir as an Independent against Hossain.