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Bihar gets busy for Bengal polls

It's election time in North Dinajpur but politicians and police alike look to their neighbours for help.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 18:58 IST

It's election time in North Dinajpur but the action is in Bihar as politicians and police alike look to their neighbours for help.

Sandwiched between Bangladesh in the east and Bihar in the west, the district is "highly sensitive" from geo-political and strategic point of view. The assembly constituencies of Chopra, Islampur, Goalpokhar, Karandighi and Raniganj share 205 km of inter-state boundary with Kishangunj and Purnia districts of Bihar.

The district's dependence on Bihar began when members of the political parties hopped over to Kishanganj town to shop for campaign materials, including cloth for banners, ropes and acrylic paints. "It is easier for us to go to Kishanganj for election shopping," Nagendra Das, a Congress supporter from Chakulia (under Goalpokhar constituency), and a campaign manager, said. Shopping in Kishanganj is not only easier because of the proximity, but also cheaper than Raiganj and Siliguri. "Moreover, we also need to spend a lot less on travelling and transportation of the materials," the Congress worker said.

Like the campaign managers of political parties, the North Dinajpur district police is also dependent on Bihar to ensure foolproof security and foil untoward incidents. Subrata Bandopadhay, additional superintendent of po lice said he would soon meet senior police officials of Kishanganj and Purnia districts for assistance. They would request the Bihar police to strategically seal the inter-state border and deploy more forces.

The district police will also request the Bihar police to escort the election observers when they travel along national highway 34. The district administration will also hire a lot of vehicles from Bihar. Sujoy Sarkar, the district election coordinator, he would soon meet officials of Kishanganj and Purnia to arrange for the logistics.