Purulia, West Bengal, Apr 21 : The defeat of Trinamool Congress in politically sensitive Purulia parliamentary segment in West Bengal is ‘certain’ and the pro-communist supporters will play a decisive
role in it, a senior CPI-M leader has said here.
However, the general secretary of Purulia unit of CPI-M, Niloy Mukherjee said, “The voters will finally take the decision who can win and replace sitting Trinamool MP Mriganka Mahato. But Trinamool
defeat is certain in Purulia”.
In an interview with the visiting UNI journalist here, the senior Marxist leader said, “There is unique similarity between Trinamool Congress regime in West Bengal and the Modi government in the centre.
Even in economic policy, there is uniqueness. Farmers are suffering both in Bengal and in the rest of India”.
In this context, he said the so called pro-farmers decisions of both the regimes have also failed. “Essentially both the initiatives are just lip service. The Modi government’s Kisan scheme and Mamata Banerjee’s Krishak Bandhu are nothing in terms of mitigating the problems of the farmers”.
He also said the Left parties have made it an issue in West Bengal and also in Purulia to highlight the fact that between 2014 and 2017 – there have been at least 28 per cent increase in communal violence in the country.
“This is definitely a serious issue. Communal tensions have led to deaths of about 400 people in different locations during last five years and perhaps over 9,000 people were injured,” he said.
Mr Mukherjee also said, “Time and again it has been proved that only communists will stand by the police”.
Purulia is heading for a fierce four-cornered contest even as general observation is essentially that the fight is between Trinamool Congress and BJP’s Jyotirmoy Mahto.
In 2014, Trinamool nominee Mriganka Mahato had won the seat by defeating Narhari Mahato of All India Forward Bloc by bagging 38.9 per cent of votes.
In this year’s contest, the Left parties have put All India Forward Bloc candidate Brij Singh Mahato while Congress nominee is Nepal Mahato, a sitting legislator from Baghmundi.
The political scene in Purulia is, however, quite complex in more ways than one.
In 2014, the Trinamool wrested the seat but in 2016 Assembly election in Purulia after Left and Congress worked out an alliance, the legislature seat was won by Congress.
But in 2018 panchayat polls, the BJP sprang a surprise and there have been significant improvement in BJP’s vote share.
A large number of citizens in various parts of the city say BJP has an advantage for Lok Sabha polls.
Pandit Rajesh Tiwari of Dorji Para in Purulia says, “As far as Lok Sabha polls are concerned, there is pro-Modi wave. People have decided to make Modiji Prime Minister again. Trinamool will understand this
once results are out”.
A politically sensitive citizen Tuton Mahato says he has been a Congress supporter all along. “But this time, I feel BJP should win. A large number of Congress workers and supporters may shift allegiance to the saffron party and of course, Modi’s hardliner nationalist image is a factor,” he says.
However, one former teacher Amalendu Mukherjee says the Trinamool Congress will retain the seat.
BJP sources have said here that the poll related violence is not stopping in Purulia region in particular as wrongdoers feel they are 'well shielded'.
The victim's body was found hanging from a tree under mysterious circumstances.
Sources say there is no stop to targeting of BJP and VHP workers in Purulia region and the tussle only intensified further after BJP put up a good show in Purulia in last year's panchayat elections.
Two prominent BJP workers Trilochan Mahto and Dulal kumar were kidnapped and killed last year. Two months back, one VHP worker was killed.
Locals say Shishupal went missing on Wednesday and only on Thursday morning his body was found hanging on the outskirts of Senabona village.
In Kolkata Trinamool leader Mukul Roy said full fledged jungle raj prevailed in Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal and it was high time people realise this and punish Trinamool Congress candidates duringpolls in Purulia and the rest of the state.
Local Trinamool leaders have denied their party's involvement in the crime and murder of Shishupal.
Police probe will bring out the truth, Amalendu Mukherjee, a local party leader said here.
According to Satyanan Basu, BJP Bengal general secretary, the continuous murders of BJP workers suggest there is something seriously wrong and hence there should be CBI probe.
Local BJP leader Jhantu Ray said the CBI probe is a must as there people have lost faith in state police.
Assembly segment-wise, Purulia Assembly seat in 2016 was won by Sudip Kumar Mukherjee of Congress and Nepal Mahato also of Congress from Baghmundi – the remaining four assembly seats Manbazar, Joypur, Balarampur and Para were won by Trinamool Congress.
Hence, without doubt BJP faces an uphill task to win this seat - which it is much hopeful and all eyes will be on how much damage to Trinamool vote share can be done by the Congress or the Forward Bloc.