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Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamul MP  ♦ Q & A 

Somebody forgot to tell ’em about the spoilt mood 

Two families, blissfully unaware of the Trinamul line that the fun has been spoilt by central forces, play cricket on Heysham Road, near Elgin Road, after casting their votes on Saturday morning. 
Urmi Atha bowls to her neighbour Karamjeet Kaur. Karamjeet’s husband Ikwal Singh is keeping wickets while Urmi’s husband Himanshu is fielding at silly point.
“We always cast our votes early in the day to avoid trouble.Today was no exception, but surprisingly there has been no trouble at all. If the trend remains the same, I would rather cast my vote in the afternoon from next time instead of waiting in the queue for long hours in the morning, said Ikwal, a businessman and a resident of Bhowanipore since birth. 
Himanshu, who too runs a business, said he had queued up half an hour before voting had begun on Saturday. 

Calcutta police serve Calcutta, not political masters

Harish Mukherjee Road, around 300 metres from chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s house, witnessed on Saturday something it has never in the past five years. A Calcutta police officer asked those at a Trinamul table in the street, which falls in Bhowanipore from where Mamata is contesting, to remove the party symbols. The officer also reminded them of the rule that only two persons can sit there.  The banner and the umbrella with the Trinamul symbol were removed (picture above). The crowd dispersed but a few returned to the table sometime later.  
Pictures by Amit Datta, reporting by Snehal Sengupta and Tamaghna Banerjee

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