WB Assembly Election 2016
TMC CANNOT FATHOM THE IMMENSITY OF WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO
‘The TMC cannot fathom the intensity of what the people are going to do,’ this was the reply Surjyajkanta Mishra gave to a reporter when asked about what he had to say about Shubhendu Adhikary’s comments. The latter said that, he would take care of the situation 72 hours prior to the polling day. He is also the sitting MLA and TMC candidate from the Nandigram constituency. Mr. Mishra chose not to comment on the threatening remarks made by Adhikary, instead he said, “What reply should I give to a Mansabdar? The people are being subject to family’s rule in Kolkata and another family is controlling East Midnapore (which is historically Shubhendu Adhikary’s area). But, the people will also retaliate. Now, the people of Nandigram are also responding to our appeal. The Trinamool Congress is dwindling further with every passing day.”
On 2nd May, 2016 waves of crowds gathered at Chandipur, near Nandigram to listen to Surjya Kanta Mishra address the last public gathering of this election season, with this public meeting, the long drawn 50-day campaigning which began on 14th March, came to an end. On 2nd May, Surjya Mishra also attended another public meeting at Panshkura and in the morning he walked along thousands of people in Tamluk. Be it the public meetings or the rallies, the number of people attending goes beyond the immediate circle of party members or sympathisers.
In both the public meetings, Mr. Mishra’s message was the same. He said, “They (the TMC) are indulging in post-poll violence, beginning from Kasba, Jadavpur till Falakata. But, you should not get incited. But, if attack does come down upon you, you do have the right to defend yourself. They should also know that (our) patience has its limits.” With regard to the violence being unleashed by the TMC party workers in different areas of West Bengal, Surjyakanta said, “This is their strategy. They want to instil fear in the people before they go into vote in the last phase of the elections. They do not want the people to come out in large numbers and vote. But, the temperament of the people this time conveys a different story. They do not stand a chance against the popular opinion of the people of the state. The state is about to see a left, democratic, secular government come to power.” Mr. Mishra also talked about the TMC-BJP nexus. He labelled the TMC as ‘crutches’ of the BJP in the state. Both these parties are autocratic and this can be seen in their treatment of students in the campuses, be it in our state or in JNU. He pointed out that, Ms. Banerjee has not given satisfactory answers to the many questions her governance has raised.
It was very clear that, Surjyakanta Mishra was sure that the left, democratic, secular people’s government is going to be formed following the results on 19th May. He said, “On 19th May, take out victory rallies and in those rallies also bring the common people who you saw had supported the Trinamool, probably sat in at their camps on polling day or were the polling agents for their candidates. Do not initiate violence. Do not cause damage to anybody’s property. See to it that nobody is harmed. The responsibilities of this people’s government will be immense. Thus, to fulfil those responsibilities we have to gain wider support amongst the people.”