The Telegraph
Wednesday , May 7 , 2014
CIMA Gallary

Mamata to take on Adhir in Cong den

May 6: The battle lines have been drawn in Congress bastion Behrampore — it’s Adhir Chowdhury versus the full might of the Trinamul Congress led by Mamata Banerjee.

The chief minister will address three rallies in Behrampore on May 9 for Trinamul candidate Indranil Sen. Actor-MP Mithun Chakraborty and education minister Bratya Basu will also campaign for Sen in Behrampore, which goes to polls on May 12.

“Mamatadi is coming to Behrampore on May 9. She had campaigned for the two other Lok Sabha seats in Murshidabad but did not do so in Behrampore because elections will be held there in the last phase,” said Mohammad Ali, the Trinamul district president who is contesting the Murshidabad seat.

The chief minister will address rallies in Kandi, Behrampore town and Beldanga.

A roadshow with Tollywood stars is also being planned. Raima Sen, Riya Sen, Soham and Raj Chakraborty are likely to participate in the roadshow with Indranil, Trinamul sources said.

The sources said the battle for Behrampore was “crucial” for Mamata as it was one of the last impregnable Congress bastions in Bengal and Chowdhury, the state unit chief and sitting MP who has been renominated, was a fierce critic of the chief minister and her government.

Star campaigner and Rajya Sabha MP Mithun will address a rally in Naoda tomorrow. Education minister Basu left for Behrampore this evening. “I will attend three meetings for Indranil,” he said.

A Trinamul leader said the party was facing problems such as infighting in Murshidabad. “Moreover, Indranil’s nomination did not go down well with a section of local leaders,” the leader said.

Chowdhury appeared unfazed by Trinamul’s campaign plans. “The people of Behrampore understand development. Such shows are not going to make any impact. I am happy that the people of Behrampore will get to see film stars without spending a penny,” he told The Telegraph.