Kolkata: The fifth and final phase of West Bengal assembly elections to be held on May 10 is very crucial for the ruling Left Front as fate of several of its stalwarts is on stake.

Fate of political bigwigs like Law Minister Rabi Lal Moitra and Minister of state for Backward Classes Deblina Hembram would be sealed in the EVM machines in the last phase.

Fourteen constituencies of moist-infested Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts will go to polls on May 10. Traditionally the region has been a stronghold of the CPM-led front.

Though Maoists have not declared boycott of polls, CPM has expressed fear of disturbance in the last phase of elections.

PCPA leader Chatradhar Mahato who is a Maoist supporter is in the fray from Jhargram seat.
Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has even warned the voters about the proximity of Trinamool Congress with Maoist and appealed them to defeat Trinamool candidates if they want to chuck out Maoism from the state.

“The government has launched many beneficiary schemes for the development of tribals and common man in the maoist-infested areas,” Buddhadeb said.

Political observers say it would be important for the ruling front to maintain its tally in the region if they want to retain power. Keeping this in mind, the Chief Minister addressed several rallies in the region and has urged the people to vote fearlessly.

 

(JPN/Bureau)