Of the six female candidates at Domkal in Murshidabad,two are from the Trinamool Congress,two from the CPM and two from the Congress. They are also fast friends.
Purnima Chowdhury and Rehana Khatoon Biswas of Trinamool,Babli Saha and Chameli Sarkar of CPM,and Anima Chowdhury and Runa Laila of the Congress were seen chatting away outside Domkal Primary School today. They are candidates of Azimgunj Gola gram panchayat and Ekbal Nagar Bazar Para gram panchayat.
These six candidates are out to make a difference in Domkal,which is known for violence during previous panchayat elections. The top leaders might be at loggerheads but we are friends. We chat and meet at get-togethers and even go out. It is a small place and we cannot afford to remain aloof just because we belong to different parties, said Purnima.
Runa,too,voiced similar emotions. We have managed to keep our personal and professional lives separate. We are competitors but only at the political level. Otherwise we are friends, she said,adding that they had tried to infuse this fellow feeling among party workers under them as well. This has boosted the morale of our party workers, she said.
The six were not camera shy at all. What should we be worried about? Our leadership should be happy that we have such a healthy relationship. We have,in our own small way,kept the viciousness of the elections away, said Anima.
Chameli,a doctor,said,We want to exemplify that it is not necessary to be violent and vindictive with each other if you are in the fray. There can be a cordial relationship among contenders and winning or losing should be taken in the right spirit, she said.
Senior Congress leader and Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury said he was happy to see such healthy competition,which was rare. This is true democracy. The kind of politics we foster in Murshidabad and the type the Congress practices. I am happy that the six women have set an example for politicians across the country, he said.