A joint rally, to be organised in favour of JD(U) candidate Amitava Dutta from Howrah (Central) constituency on Tuesday, would be addressed by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
“This is yet another evidence about the alliance of all secular and democratic parties which are aiming to overthrow the Trinamool Congress government. While Congress is the second most important party in the alliance, others parties such as RJD and JD(U) form smaller constituents of the tie-up,” Dutta said.
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The rally would be organised at Shibpur off GT Road near Aloka Cinema Hall at 6 pm. Dutta said they had also requested Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to come to Howrah (Central) for the rally.
Two seats — Howrah (Central) and Islampur — had been allotted to JD(U) by the Left Front while an RJD candidate has been pitched from Jorasanko. Dutta has been pitched against Trinamool leader and minister Arup Roy.
Confident of his victory, Dutta claimed that Roy was a political non-entity. “People’s hopes from the TMC government have been shattered. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made a lot of assurances and promises, but so far the present disposition has failed at all fronts. You must see the response I get from people here. Given a free and fair election is conducted, I will definitely win,” the JD(U) nominee said, adding that people were looking for a new ‘poriborton’.
A decade ago, Dutta had been the TMC-supported candidate from Howrah (South) fighting against Left’s K K Roy.