CHANGING COLOUR? A stall in Burrabazar does brisk business on the eve of V-Day. Picture by Sayantan Ghosh
BY WHEN ARE THE RESULTS EXPECTED?
Early trends by 10am.
Clear trends by noon.
Most results by 2pm.
Final results by 5pm.
You can call Calcutta Information Centre at 22232451 or 65150021 to know the results.
IS IT A HOLIDAY?
No. All state and central government offices are open. Most schools will be closed, though. Summer vacations have begun in many, some have declared a holiday on Friday. It’s a half-day at some schools, including Modern High, Loreto House and National Gems High School.
WILL I GET TRANSPORT ON THE ROAD?
Buses are expected to run normally. Taxis will be out in full strength — around 25,000 — in the morning but will continue to ply only if there are enough passengers and there’s no hint of trouble.
CAN THERE BE TROUBLE?
Both the CPM and Trinamul have appealed for peace. Mamata Banerjee has warned her cadres against provocation. Biman Bose has wondered why there should be any violence. Only time will tell how their supporters on the ground react to the results.
WILL THERE BE TRAFFIC JAMS BECAUSE OF VICTORY PROCESSIONS?
Some, caused by victory processions, cannot be ruled out. If Trinamul creates history, Mamata’s army is sure to march to Ground Zero: 30B Harish Chatterjee Street. No word from the CPM on this count, yet.
ANY ROADS TO AVOID?
None in particular, but restrictions will be in place around the counting centres: St Thomas High School, Sakhawat Memorial Girls’ High School, Ballygunge Government High School, David Hare Training College, Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Netaji Indoor Stadium and Rabindra Bharati University.
It may also be a good idea to steer clear of Alimuddin Street and the Kalighat-Hazra zone surrounding Harish Chatterjee Street.
WILL IT BE SAFE ON THE ROADS?
Dial 100 in case of any trouble. Keep your local police station’s number handy. Calcutta police have promised 34 mobile patrol vans across the city and 110 pickets.
IS THERE A SECTION 144?
Section 144 will be clamped on Salt Lake after the election results are announced on Friday. “The unlawful assembly of five and more people will not be allowed. It will be in place till May 15,” said the sub-divisional officer of Bidhannagar. Rallies will also be prohibited. Section 144 is prohibitory in nature, so it will only be enforced if required. Shopping malls and offices will remain open.
BY THE ALMANAC
Will the tithi of Ekadashi spell post-immersion doom for the Left? Or will the day’s reigning star Uttarphalguni, deemed inauspicious, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for the Trinamul Congress? Candidates are advised by the planets not to leave home for the counting centre during the ill-omened barbela between 8.17am and 11.32am. Also, avoid sheem (a kind of beans) as the almanac forbids the vegetable for the day.
IS IT A DRY DAY?
It’s a 24-hour dry day till Saturday morning. Liquor will not be served at clubs, hotels or restaurants. All off-shops will be closed.
CAN I EAT OUT?
Clubs, restaurants and hotels will follow regular timings. Some pubs and lounge bars may be closed. If the heat or the verdict wait gets to you, try salads and greens (no pun intended) with a light dressing, and go easy on the mayonnaise. You can also choose chilled soups and gazpachos.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
All malls and multiplexes will function normally. Try the Friday fresh release Ragini MMS, a Bolly take on the spine-chilling Paranormal Activity, or rewind to last Friday’s action flick, Fast & Furious 5.
If you feel like chilling out in front of the TV but are sick of the ‘verdict mela’ on news channels, curl up with Sleepless In Seattle (Sony PIX) and Along Came Polly (HBO), kick some butt with Charlie’s Angels (Sony PIX) or enjoy a mix of romance and action with Pearl Harbor (STAR Movies). Later, tune into the day’s IPL action as Kochi Tuskers Kerala take on the Kings XI Punjab at Indore at 8pm.
WHAT THE STARS WILL DO
Jisshu Sengupta: Friday is going to be a normal day for me. I will be shooting the whole day. Whatever the election verdict, it will be for the people and whoever wins should take proper care of the state. I wish that our state looks beautiful.
Koel Mallick: I will be shooting for a film till late in the evening but I will keep my fingers crossed for the better part of the day for the poll results. Whoever wins should have the best intentions for our state in mind. There should be peace.
A STAR CANDIDATE?
Chiranjit: Will reach his constituency, Barasat, by 11.30am. Lunch will be at a Trinamul worker’s home, after which he will head out to the counting centre. “I’ll take the day as it unfolds and wait till I get the final certificate,” said the Tolly veteran.
In the news for: At 25, this CPM candidate is the youngest in the fray.
On V-Day eve: Jogged for an hour at the Dhakuria Lakes. Went to a friend’s house in Salt Lake for adda. Had a bhaat-machh lunch at home. Watched I Am at Priya with college mates. Met the counting agents in the evening. Was asleep by 11.30pm.
His tension tonic: Listening to Bangla rock numbers and FB-ing on his cellphone.
THE POWER OF 13
CPM — born in 1964, came to power 13 years later.
Trinamul — born in 1998, might come to power 13 years later.
Counting date: 13.05.2011
1+3+0+5+2+0+1+1 = 13
Maa-Mati-Manush = 13 letters
Chief minister = 13 letters
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
The weatherman forecasts a “partly cloudy sky” over Writers’ Buildings with “rain or thundershowers” in some parts. The sun will set over either Alimuddin Street or Harish Chatterjee Street at 6.05pm.
Gave birth to a baby girl in Singapore on Thursday afternoon. “Mom and baby are doing fine,” was the SMS from her husband Sanjay. Will Tollywood’s queen of timing name her second-born Mamata? We’ll know on Friday the 13th!