Asansol, Apr 5: The second largest city and urban agglomeration in West Bengal after Kolkata, the industrial belt of Asansol is expected to witness a ‘‘filmy’’ fight in the coming Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in fourth phase on April 29.
Moon Moon Sen, actor with extraordinary oomph in her heyday and now a Trinamool Congress lawmaker from Bankura Lok Sabha constituency, has been fielded in Asansol against BJP's big gun - singer and union minister Babul Supriyo.
Supriyo, the Indian playback singer, with credits in Hindi and Bengali cinema, has been campaigning in the seat for almost a month and sources in the BJP maintained that his, was one of the seats in the state, which was “almost certain”. Sen, on the other hand, has credits in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada films. She joined the TMC in 2014 and is the daughter of legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen.
Bordering Jharkhand, this constituency is the hub of coal mining and railway activities, besides other businesses and industries. Asansol, with its multi-ethnic, multi-religious demography has seen a sustained hold over it by the CPI(M) since 1984. Before that it was a tale of fluctuating fortune for the CPI(M) and the Congress. However, the Trinamool Congress emerged as a formidable second force since 1998 as its candidate Moloy Ghatak finished second in five consecutive elections.
In 2009, former West Bengal Minister and CPI(M) leader Bansagopal Choudhury retained the seat defeating Mr Ghatak by a margin of more than 72,000 votes even amid an anti-establishment wave that witnessed the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine claiming 25 of the total 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
However, as the green surge swept Bengal to demolish the red bastion in 2011 Assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress won in four of the seven Assembly constituencies under Asansol PC taking a total lead of more than 93,000 votes. (UNI)