Kolkata, Apr 27: The Medinipur parliamentary constituency in West Bengal, once the stronghold of the Communist Party of India (CPI) until 2014, will expect high voltage fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dilip Ghosh and ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate and Rajya Sabha MP Manas Bhunia this election.
Exuding confidence of winning the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat, the BJP state president said, "When I fought the Assembly election in 2016, I had little experience in politics, but I think I have matured quite a bit. If I can do then, I can do now. "
“Being the sitting MLA from Kharagpur, I enjoy acceptance among the people of Medinipur. I’ve been at the forefront of struggles against the violence unleashed by the police and Trinamool goons. We’ve boosted our organizational muscle in the rural parts of this constituency,” Ghosh said.
The party workers wanted me to contest from Medinipur and the central leadership cleared my candidature.
On reference to his opponent TMC candidate Manas Bhunia, Ghosh said, “He won the Sabang Assembly seat in 2016 (on a Congress ticket) with CPI (M)’s support before defecting to the Trinamool.
However, he hasn’t been wholly embraced by Trinamool cadres and his old party is also against
The BJP state president said Trinamool doesn’t have organizational strength in this constituency and relies heavily on the state machinery during elections. However, this time they are on the backfoot as the people have turned against them.
Mr Ghosh claimed that people of Bengal are giving out a clear message of impending political change - "paribartan" - with many of Banerjee's rallies failing to attract crowds, while there is massive attendance in the rallies in the state held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
"Mamata Banerjee has been campaigning fiercely as she is going around in a helicopter, but I am walking on foot. I tell you even the lure of rice and egg couldn't drive people to her rallies, whereas even the biggest grounds were jam-packed when Modiji, Yogiji and Amit ji held there rallies despite all the conspiracies, " he averred.
"We have promised to win at least 23 seats from Bengal. We will surely achieve that target. There is an attempt by the state ruling party to intimidate voters. But in the coming phases Central forces will be deployed in all polling booths to ensure free and fair polls," he noted. (UNI)