Kolkata:  A wind for change in West Bengal can be felt ahead of the Assembly polls. With Left Front facing its toughest ever challenge in its 35-year-rule, it is hard to judge whether the red alliance would fail miserably or emerge out triumphant.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool in alliance with the Congress and other fringe players is pulling out all stops to bring about electoral change. The people of the state will only decide upon the fate of the political scenario in Bengal.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who is leading the Left Front, and the Trinamool supremo have already hit the campaign trail either addressing meetings or participating in marches.

The Trinamool and the Congress are hoping to make an electoral dent. Mamata has gone an extra mile to appeal the people not to cast their vote to small parties else they would waste their precious vote.

Wooing voters begins

Ahead of the Assembly polls, various political parties and the leaders have announced a deluge of sops to consolidate vote banks. The candidates are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.

The candidates who were hardly bothered about the locals, reeling under worse civic conditions, can now be seen visiting the localities personally and paying heed to the problems, just to persuade the voters.

The populists who failed to keep their promise are pleading for a second chance. On the flip side, the opponents are struggling hard to earn sympathy of voters by exposing the failures of the ruling party.

If the state of Howrah is any indication, the assurances of politicos in the poll-battle are nothing more than a poll-gimmick. While south Howrah is witnessing industrial units in poor condition, drainage system is a major problem in central Howrah.

Similarly, basic problems remain a common refrain in Bali. And so the common man here is devoid of civic amenities. Even as several elections passed by, the problems still persist.

Advani, Modi to campaign in April

In order to strengthen the position of the party, a host of BJP bigwigs including senior BJP leader L K Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh would  make a visit to the state in the mid of April.

While Advani would campaign on April 14 and 24, Modi’s visit is scheduled for April 15 and 30. Rajnath Singh would campaign on April 15 and 26. Besides, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, veteran actress Hema Malini and Venkaiah Naidu are amongst the party leaders who will campaign during the Assembly polls.

BJP poll manifesto next week

The saffron party will release its election manifesto next week in West Bengal. BJP leader Rajnath Singh and former party president Venkaiah Naidu would be present during the release of the manifesto, which would represent the good governance and holistic development of Bengal. The party has fielded its candidates for all 294 seats in state assembly polls.


JPN/Bureau