Balurghat, Sept. 20: Trinamul’s battle for Balurghat municipality is one for the complete control of South Dinajpur.
In the Assembly elections, the party bagged five of the six seats from the district and the rural poll results were equally satisfying for the party.
Trinamul captured the zilla parishad, panchayat samiti and most of the gram panchayats in South Dinajpur.
The ruling party now looks set to the bag the district headquarters, Balurghat,where the municipal polls will be held tomorrow.
“Now we are focusing on Balurghat municipality where we are sure we will secure a clear majority,” said Prabir Roy, the district general secretary of Trinamul.“Our next target will be the Balurghat Lok Sabha seat, the lone parliamentary constituency in the district. Then our hold on the district will be complete.”
On Wednesday afternoon, a procession of several hundred Trinamul activists walked through Lenin Sarani, a busy part of the town. Little later, an RSP procession took the same route but had only a handful of people with party flags.
Bimal Sarkar, a district secretariat member of the RSP, accused Trinamul for “intimidating” his party workers. “Trinamul is bringing in hooligans to intimidate us. They are destroying the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed in Balurghat,” he said.
Prodosh Mitra, a stage actor, said the Left Front had been forced to go on the back foot. “The mood in the Trinamul camp is upbeat. They swept the Assembly polls and in the recent rural polls, the party has performed just as well. While they are upbeat, the Left is on the defensive,” he said.
In 2008, the RSP, won 22 of the 23 wards that then comprised Balurghat municipality.
Trinamul leaders said Mamata paid several visits to the district and as the railway minister, she ensured connectivity between Balurghat, New Jalpaiguri and Malda and Calcutta which lead to the party’s win. “What Mamatadi has done has gone down very well with the people,” a leader said.
An RSP leader said: “Since South Dinajpur is dominated by the RSP, the CPM is not working as hard.”
The Congress, many believe, is only a player on the sidelines, with most of its leaders having joined Trinamul.