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Another change in Bengal in the offing : Locket

Another change in Bengal in the offing : Locket

By Biswamoy Mukherjee

Kolkata, Apr 20 (UNI) As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeks its future in the heartland of West Bengal, Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency is all set for a close battle between actor-cum-politician Locket Chatterjee and ruling Trinamool Congress's (TMC) sitting MP Dr Ratna De Nag.

TMC sitting MP Dr Ratna De Nag eyes to continue her dominance in this parliamentary constituency which had remained a Left stronghold till 2009.

On the other hand Chatterjee is fighting her second political battle in this Lok Sabha election after contesting from Mayureshwari seat in Birbhum district in the 2016 assembly elections, optimistic to win from this constituency.

Popular Bengali actress Locket joined BJP in 2015 after quitting TMC. She has acted in films like, Hothat Ekdin, Kiriti Roy, E Ki Labanyaa and, Gogoler Kirti and Mahapurush O Kapurush etc.

Meanwhile, Chatterjee's rented house was vandalised by some unknown miscreants on Friday.

The miscreants broke plastic chairs and tables, tore off party flags and broke the window panes of the doors and windows of the two-storied building, located at Bandel's Green Park area.

She told reporters that she had to return home half-way from canvassing and found her house was vandalised.

Chatterjee accused the West Bengal ruling Trinamool Congress of the offence.

She said some youth for past few days roaming around her house might have done this vandalism using BJP flags and slogans to disguise them.

BJP's regional president Subir Nag alleged that some TMC men had mingled with BJP supporters and vandalsied Locket Chatterjee's house during the day.

However, local TMC leadership denied this and blamed the factional feud in the BJP which led to ransacking the house of BJP leader.

TMC's Chinsurah MLA Asit Mazumder claimed that the infighting in the BJP led to this ransacking of the house.

Claiming that the electoral battle in Bengal was between the Trinamool Congress and BJP, and not between TMC and CPI(M), Chatterjee, the president of woman wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state said, there is a strong undercurrent of support for BJP in Bengal

The actor-turned-politician launched a frontal attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing her of failing the farmers in Singur, stalling Ram Navami processions and trying to ' turn Bengal into Pakistan'.

In an interview with a TV channel recently, she alleged, “In 2011, Mamata Banerjee did the Singur movement and said we don't want industry, we want agriculture. But Tata went out and now the situation is even worse compared to 2011. Mamata Banerjee used the farmers and became the chief minister but till now nothing has been done for the farmers. Then she said that she will hand over the land to the farmers but that has also not happened. She made all these big promises, erected big stages for movements, did rallies but nothing was done for the farmers.”

Chatterjee said, “We will try to give the land to the farmers and also try to industrialise the area because here in Hooghly all the jute mills have shut down and workers have no work. So, we think we have to do something for the farmers, labourers of the jute mills and jute industry. This stands true for the whole of Bengal.”

The president of BJP women wing in Bengal said the situation for women has become more dangerous. Violence against women and incidents of rape continue to happen although our chief minister is a woman herself. The TMC goons who are doing these crimes are not in jail, they are roaming free.

Chatterjee said, “When Ram Navami was celebrated in the state, she started saying why are rallies being taken out on Ram Navami. She is saying from where Ram has been imported? Ram is ours and Ramayana-Mahabharata is our culture. Hindu-Muslim is also our culture. She has brought a communal outlook to it. Bengalis are become angry because of this and people will protest with the EVMs”.

“I am telling all the people in Hooghly that there will be central forces in every booth and if it is not happening, then no voting will be done,” she warned.

“CM's regular offensive against us proves that the electoral contest here is between the BJP and TMC, and not between the TMC and the CPI(M),' she said, claiming that there will be 'unprecedented' results in favour of the party.

Hooghly, the cradle of Mamata Banerjee's anti-land acquisition movement at Singur, saw Communists win 12 out of the 14 elections held between 1951 and 2004. But the Mamata surge that rose in Bengal in 2009, scripted the party's victory in the constituency as its candidate Ratna De Nag defeated six-time member of Parliament Rupchand Pal of the CPI(M) by a margin of about 81,523 votes. The BJP candidate, coming a distant second, managed to secure only 3.5 per cent of the total votes polled.

Dr Ratna De won the seat again in 2014 Lok Sabha elections polling over six lakh votes to defeat her nearest rival Pradip Saha of the CPI(M) by 1.89 lakh votes. Journalist Chandan Mitra of the BJP came third with 2.21 lakh votes and the Congress's Pritam Ghosh finished fourth with 42,000 votes.

The TMC's vote-share in 2014 was 45.50 while the Left received 34.50. The BJP got 16.40per cent vote share while the Congress just over three per cent.

The Trinamool Congress has entrusted her with the task of winning the Hooghly Lok Sabha again in Lok Sabha election 2019.

As per the Election Commission data in 2019, total number of electorate in Hooghly Lok Sabha seat is 17, 62, 927of which 8, 89, 177 are male, 8, 73, 714 female and 36 third genders voters. A total number of 2039 polling stations would be set up for voting.

As per order of the Delimitation Commission in respect of the delimitation of constituencies in the West Bengal, parliamentary constituency no. 28 Hooghly is composed of the seven assembly segments such as Singur, Chandannagar, Chunchura, Balagarh, Pandua, Saptagram and Dhanekhali.

UNI BM SJC

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