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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 16.05.11


Manish Gupta, 69

Education: BSc; certificate in civil engineering from the College of Military Engineering, Pune.

Profession: IAS officer, retired as the state chief secretary. Has worked as a consultant post-retirement.

Family: Wife, two sons and their families.

Home: Suren Tagore Road, near Gariahat.

Hobby: Reading.

Likes: Straightforward people.

Dislikes: Arrogance.

Priority: Bringing potable water to every part of Jadavpur; improving the condition of hospitals.

Can be reached: Through the Trinamul block office near the intersection of the Anwar Shah Road Connector and Garfa Main Road.


Bratya Basu, 41

Home: P 65 Kalindi Housing Estate, Calcutta-89.

Family: Wife Poulomi.

Education: MA in Bengali. Pursuing PhD from Delhi University on the relation between a film script and a play, though he has little hope now of completing his thesis.

Profession: Teaches Bengali at City College, Amherst Street.

Pursuit: Theatre.

Priority: Improve water supply.

In love with: East Bengal, but MLA Bratya promises to be neutral.

Can be reached: Through his friend Barun Nandi at 9830338833; promises to have offices in all four zones of his constituency but where and when is still not clear.


Amit Mitra, 63

Home: 63 Baburam Ghosh Road, Calcutta-40.

Also has flats in Delhi and Khardah.

Education: Masters in economics from Delhi School

of Economics; PhD from Duke University, US.

Family: Wife Meera Balakrishnan is a PhD in sociology. Daughter Aditi, now in London, has done masters in sociology, communications and international relations.

Before joining politics: Taught in US universities. Was the secretary-general of business chamber Ficci and chairman of the railways’ committee on innovative financing and implementation of projects that are economically unfeasible but socially desirable.

Loves: Reading books and listening to “all kinds of music, from Nazrulgeeti to western classical”. Tried

his hand at violin while in school but gave up.

Big plan: To set up centres to revive small-scale units. There, budding entrepreneurs will be trained in filing income-tax returns, approaching the right places for loan, maintaining accounts and other aspects of business. Water supply, drainage, roads and healthcare are his other priorities. Also plans to set up a women’s college (Khardah has a college but for boys).

Accessibility: Plans to set up an office at Khardah (didn’t give a phone number).


Chiranjeet Chakraborty (unwilling to disclose his age).

Address: Southern Avenue (unwilling to disclose full address).

Family: Wife Ratnabali and daughter Deepavali, who lives in the US.

Education: Was a student of architecture at JU but did not

appear for the final exam.

Profession: Actor.

Hobby: Painting, singing and playing cricket, table tennis, and carom.

Priority: “To serve people.”

Can be reached through: Trinamul office on KNC Road, Barasat. (Refused to give his phone number).


Sovan Chaterjee, 47

Home: Gopal Bhaban, 36 Maharani Indira Debi Road, Parnasree Pally, Calcutta-60.

Family: Mother, wife, son and daughter.

Education: BSc (pass) from

Behala College; LLB from CU.

Profession: Owns warehouses.

Likes: To sleep, travel and take photographs.

Dislikes: Adda.

Big plan: To bring parts of Joka within Calcutta Municipal Corporation and to ensure early completion of the Joka-BBD Bag Metro.

Can be reached at: 9903711111; people can meet him at his home between 8am and 10am and the party office at the James Long Sarani-Roy Bahadur Road crossing between 7pm and 9pm.


Sujit Bose, 48

Home: 51 Canal Street, Sreebhumi, Calcutta-48

Family: Wife Swarnali, son Samudra and daughter Mohini.

Education: Up to Class XII; was a student of Motijheel College of Commerce.

Profession: Owns two restaurants.

Likes: Jeans and

Manna Dey.

Loves: Goddess Kali. Built a temple on his roof last year.

Big plan: Ensure better water supply and transport connectivity in Salt Lake.

Can be reached at: 2534-4289; His Salt Lake office at BB-105 between 7pm and 9pm and on the ground floor of his home between 9am and 11am.


Sabyasachi Dutta, 45

Home: DL 239, Sector 2, Salt Lake City, Calcutta-91.

Family: Father, mother, wife, brother and sister-in-law.

Education: BCom from Umesh Chandra College; LLB from South Calcutta Law College.

Profession: Owns IT firm.

Likes: Hindi films and football.

Dislikes: Any addiction, except politics.

Promises: Better roads and “to take care of the cheated landlosers”.

Can be reached at: 9830055833. Will meet people at the Hidco office at New Town between 9am and noon. Can also be met at the Rajarhat party office, opposite the police station, during weekends.


Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, 67

Home: 25A Roopnarayan Nandan Lane, Calcutta-25.

Education: BSc and LLB.

Profession: Politics.

Hobbies: Boxer in school and college; did the basic mountaineering course from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling.

Priorities: Water supply, health, street lights, senior citizen allowance, widow pension, slum development and revival of civic schools.

How to reach him: Dial 9331027917.


Subrata Mukherjee, 64

Home: 16/1A Gariahat Road, Calcutta-19.

Family: Wife Chandabani.

Qualification: MA in Bengali and archaeology.

Hobbies: Travelling, he has even been to the Antarctic.

Profession: Politics.

Many plans: Immediate attention to water supply, drainage, street lights, roads, unemployment and law and order.

How to reach him: Dial 9831811110 or land up at his home.


Smita Bakshi, 51

Home: 73B Girish Park North, Calcutta-6.

Family: Husband, son and daughter.

Education: Graduate.

Profession: Social work.

Likes: Reading newspapers, listening to Rabindrasangeet.

Dislikes: The “I” syndrome.

Big plan: To build community halls. “Have to find out what else needs to be done.”

Reach her at: 9433037498; promises to spend some time (at the party offices) in each ward every week.

Behala west

Partha Chatterjee, 58

Home: 9/4 A Khanpur Road, Calcutta-47.

Family: Wife, mother and daughter.

Education: MBA.

Dislikes: Hypocrisy.

Hobbies: Reading management books and economics journals and surfing channels on TV.

Would want to: “Enforce

the rule of law and restore people’s trust.”

Can be reached at: 9831002887


Firhad Hakim, 52

Home: 6A Peari Mohan Roy Road, Chetla, Calcutta-27.

Family: Mother, wife and three daughters.

Education: BCom from South City college.

Profession: Owns a unit that makes plastic sheets; trades in tiles, marble slabs and sanitary items.

Likes: Adda.

Dislikes: Abusive language.

Big plan: Repair the many heritage structures in the area, like the Bhukailash Rajbari and Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s house.

Can be reached at: 9830037445; promises to meet people at the Ramkamal Street party office at Kidderpore from 8pm to 10pm and at the CMC ward office opposite Ahindra Mancha in Chetla from 8am to 10am.