Kolkata,Apr 27 : With the hustle-bustle of high pitched electioneering for the fourth of the seven-phase election to eight Lok Sabha seats of Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman–Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum spreading four South Bengal districts on April 29 came to an end this evening.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Indian National Congress (INC) and the Left Front fielded their candidates in all the eight constituencies. There was high pitch campaigning for the eight seats by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP national president Amit Shah and top leaders of the Congress and Left parties.
The high-pitched campaign was mainly polarised between Ms Banerjee and Mr Modi. Issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams, and, development to security featured in the speeches of the warring party leaders. The Trinamool Congress chief called upon the people to defeat the Modi government while the prime minister urged voters to exercise their franchise in his party's favour.
Prominent candidates contesting the fourth phase Lok Sabha elections are former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president and former union minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from Baharampur, Surinderjeet Singh Ahluwalia from Bardhaman –Durgapur, Singer-cum-Union Minister Babul Supriyo from Asansol, former CPI(M) MP Dr Ram Chandra Dome from Bolpur and veteran actress-cum-sitting TMC MP Satabdi Roy.
In Baharampur, there are eleven contestants, including those from the mainstream parties such as TMC, BJP, RSP and Congress, but the main fight will be between Congress and TMC. Former Mminister of State for Railways and former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury held the Baharampur Lok Sabha seat since 1999 when he defeated Promothes Mukherjee of the RSP.
This time Congress fielded Adhir Chowdhury from this constituency once again who is pitted against, ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Apurba Sarkar, BJP candidate Krishna Juardar Arya and RSP candidate ID Mohammad.The incumbent parliamentarian, representing the constituency is from Congress – Adhir Chowdhury - who emerged victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by defeating the TMC candidate – famous singer Indranil Sen by a margin of 3,56,567 votes.
In the previous Lok Sabha elections, Congress candidate Adhir Chowdhury got 5, 83, 549 votes, Trinamool Congress candidate Indranil Sen got 2,26,982 votes. The RSP finished third in the table with its candidate Pramothes Mukherjee got 2,25,699 votes and BJP candidate Debesh Kumar Adhikary finished fourth with 81,656 votes. The Congress got 50.54 per cent vote share while the TMC got 19.69 per cent.
The RSP received 19.54 per cent of vote share and the BJP 7.07 per cent.As per the Election Commission data in 2019, total number of electorate in Baharampur Lok Sabha seat is 16,30,510 of which 8,36, 021 are male, 7,94, 449 female and 40 third genders voters. A total number of 1844 polling stations would be set up for voting.In Krishnanagar, there are eleven contestants, including those from the mainstream parties such as TMC, BJP, CPI (M) and Congress, but the
main fight will be between TMC, BJP and CPI(M).
TMC nominated firebrand Trinamool Congress leader and party’s Karimpur MLA Mahua Moitra, who is likely to face a stiff fight by Santanu Jha of the CPI(M) and former national footballer Kalyan Chaubey of BJP and Intaj Ali Shah of Congress. Actor-turned-politician and TMC leader Tapas Paul held the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat, a former Left stronghold, in West Bengal
Paul defeated Jyotirmoyee Sikdar of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the 2009 Lok Sabha election by a margin of 77,386 votes. And in the general election in 2014, Paul won against CPI(M)’s Shantanu Jha by a margin of 71,255 votes. But BJP has since emerged stronger in the belt.Paul
triggered controversy in June 2014, when he threatened at a public meeting that he would let loose his supporters on CPI (M) women cadres to rape them.
He was pulled up by Mamata Banerjee and made to tender unconditional apology.Aware
of the “controversies” involving Paul and the possible negative impact they may have on voters, Mamata Banerjee dropped the incumbent MP and announced Moitra’s name.Before that, the Left party dominated Krishnapur since 1971, only briefly losing to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1999.
As per the Election Commission data in 2019, total number of electorate in Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat is 16, 22, 495 of which 8, 41, 003 are male, 7, 81, 449 female and 43 third genders voters. A total number of 1812 polling stations would be set up for voting.