Priyadeep studies Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at Kings College and took a break to campaign for his mother. He will vote on April 18 when Raiganj goes to polls in the second phase, before leaving for UK.
It all began in 2017 when Rani failed to cast her vote in the civic polls because of violence at the booth. On April 10, 2019, a day before the first phase of polling, her sons accompanied Rani sought permission to form a human chain in support of the constitutional right of citizens.
In Raigunj, Daribhit incident becomes poll plank for BJP is the house of Tapas, which is now a BJP party office. The building bears a hoarding - Islampur 6 No. Mondol Daribhit Karyalay - and huge cutouts demanding CBI probe and justice for the two deaths.
The enclaves include Poaturkuthi, Batrigach and Mashaldanga, which saw people exercise their voting rights in huge numbers. Voters, who have come from Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and are presently lodged at settlements camp in Dinhata, too participated in the polling process.
West Bengal is going to vote across seven phases from April 11 to May 19, the highest number of phases along with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This is the first time that the Lok Sabha election is being conducted in seven phases across the state.
“Forty-seven companies have been deployed in Cooch Behar. The remaining (36) are in Alipurduar. In Cooch Behar, 760 polling stations will have static posting of central forces,” Special Police Observer Vivek Dube told The Indian Express.
According to Dipak Das, he was trained in social media by the BJP state IT cell in Kolkata. “I have even participated in a session chaired by party president Amit Shah in Howrah. He called us IT yodhas and gave us a list of dos and don’ts in social media,” he says.
The first phase is also a contest between Mamata Banerjee’s development initiative in Coochbehar and Alipurduar, and her extensive campaigning and PM Modi's rhetoric on nationalism, the airstrikes and the NRC.
“Didi is having sleepless nights now. Speed breaker Didi cannot sleep now. She is now realizing how it feels when the political ground beneath her feet shakes," said Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Coochbehar Rash mela ground.