Congress parachutes leaders of Bengal to campaign in southern Chhattisgarh

The Congress is urging its Kolkala-speaking Kolkata and Delhi-based leaders to campaign in southern Chhattisgarh.

Arun Bhadra, secretary general of the party, said that a large number of Bengalis are present in the pockets of Chhattisgarh. As a result of the displacement of Bengalis in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, in the 1950s, a large number of Bengalis were set up in central India as part of the government's Dandakaranya project. of the Union. The Bengalis had supported the Congress for many decades, but many have changed allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata party over the past decade.

"So, for the first time, we invite so many Bengali leaders to campaign in the Maoist regions as we feel the victory," said Bhadra. L & # 39; Hindu.

Personal call

Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, and Sushmita Dev, daughter of the late Santosh Mohan Dev, former minister, just completed her first stage of the campaign by telling voters that they had come to "ask of help, not as congressional leaders but as their daughters ".

Ms. Mukherjee visited the Ramakrishna Mission, an influential institution in the tribal areas, in Narayanpur, and the two leaders had informal contacts with the security forces as part of their campaign for the first round of voting on November 12, when 18 constituencies went to the polls. .

The district of Antagarh, in Bastar district, Kanker district, has about one elector speaking lakh in Bengali in 135 villages. The refugees were rehabilitated in settlements after the partition of Bengal and their population continues to grow in size and influence, especially in Antagarh.

However, they can not challenge because the district, with a strong presence of Maoists and security forces, is reserved for tribes listed.

In this year's election – considered close – Congress has decided to focus on Bengalis in Antagarh and in other parts of Chhattisgarh, where they are in considerable numbers. Ms. Mukherjee and Ms. Dev were therefore invited by the leaders of the State Congress.

More soon

"During the second phase, we are striving to bring together Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, president of the Congress of West Bengal, and Abhijeet Mukherjee, MP," said Mr. Bhadra, president of the Bengal Association in Chhattisgarh.

Realizing the congressional plan, the BJP launched a last-ditch effort to convince the Union Minister, Babul Supriyo, Asansol MP in West Bengal, to participate in the campaign. "After the Prime Minister's meeting on Friday, there is only one day left to campaign for the first phase. We are trying to get Supriyo that day, "said a spokesman for the BJP.