Kolkata: A wind of change can be felt over the streets of Bengal to Rajpath in New Delhi. As the countdown for the counting of votes has already begun and  both the ruling and Opposition are waiting for the results with bated breath, the single question doing the rounds is 'will the Left be able to make a comeback for another term?' 

With almost all the exit polls aired after the six-phase Assembly elections giving a clear edge to the Trinamool-Congress alliance, the Left Front supporters are left worried over the poll results.

However, Left Front Chairman Viman Bose rubbished the exit poll results claiming that the party would form the government in state for the eighth  consecutive time.

On the flip side, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee believes that Trinamool is all set to sweep 34-year-old Left Front government in Bengal.

The atmosphere was calm at Muzaffar Ahmed Bhawan in Allimuddin Street, the headquarters of Left Front spearhead Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Meanwhile, 87 counting centres have been made with 312 halls for the counting of 294 constituencies spread over 20 electoral districts of West Bengal. There will be 4605 tables where nearly 14,500 people will be deployed for the counting process.

Apart from the state forces,about 75 companies of Central forces will be deployed to guard counting centres. The Election Commission has also decided to keep an additional 144 companies of Central force to maintain law and order in the state.

Mamata appeals for calm


Two days ahead of poll results,Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has appealed the party workers and leaders to remain calm and not to indulge in violence after the verdict.
In wake of the declaration of the poll results, Mamata’s residence in south Kolkata's Kalighat area remained abuzz with political activity on Wednesday. However, a few only could get an opportunity to meet her.

Known as a face to lead the ‘change movement’ in Bengal, Banerjee is waiting for the final day- May 13 when the results for West Bengal Assembly polls will be announced.

She also directed the party leaders including Parth Chaterjee, Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy and Kalyan Banerjee to keep a watch on counting centres so as to prevent any chaos.

According to party sources, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee held a telephonic conversation with the Trinamool chief to review the situation here.

The mood at the Kalighat area, the de-facto nerve centre of Trinamool Congress, was more upbeat.

Riding the winds of political change, majority of the political leaders visiting the Kalighat appeared confident about party’s victory in the polls.  Agog with party’s performance, majority of the leaders were seen outside Didi’s residence to seek her blessings in a hope to get a place in the cabinet. However, they avoided any claims.

JPN/Bureau