Kolkata: The fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal will decide if Singur uprising has gone in favour of Trinamool Congress or not. The polling, scheduled on May 3, will witness candidates locking horns for 63 Assembly seats of four districts including Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan and Medinipur.

The fourth phase of WB elections will prove a litmus test for Trinamool Congress, as it will try to cash in on public related issues like the Singur uprising and Nandigram violence. At Singur and Nandigram, the CPI (M) had landed itself in a thick of controversy for the alleged forceful land acquisition.

Prior to the uprising, Singur under Hooghly district remained a strong fort for CPI (M).  In 2007, the Nandigram violence made a major dent in CPI (M) image on the national level.

Despite the jolt, the Left Front managed to secure 53 percent votes in the 2008 Panchayat elections. However, Trinamool Congress was able to win the District Council Board seat of East Medinipur and South 24 Parganas. This was termed as a major achievement for Trinamool Congress, as in 2004 Lok Sabha election, the party could only win one seat. Even in 2006 West Bengal state elections, Trinamool Congress could win only 30 seats out of 294.

However, the scenario changed in 2009 parliamentary elections as Trinamool Congress was successful in winning 19 seats.

The results for the Assembly polls, which will be declared on May 13 will reveal how much Trinamool Congress has benefitted from Singur uprising and Nandigram violence.

Security has been tightened for Bankuda, Purulia and East Medinipur districts as the fifth and sixth phase of the state elections will take place in these Naxal-hit areas. Nearly 48,000 personnel of paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident during the remaining phase of elections at West Bengal.

JPN/Bureau