Kolkata: Habra Assembly constituency will see a high-voltage fight between Jyotipriya Mallick, one of Mamata Banerjee’s oldest aides, who holds the Food and Supplies portfolio in the state Cabinet, and former state BJP president Rahul Sinha.
Jyotipriya -Rahul, two old warriors in a battle in front of a well-known field, will ‘play’ in Habra.
Sitting Trinamool Congress MLA Jyotipriya Mallick in his bid for third successive term to the state legislature from the prestigious Habra seat of North 24 Parganas is trying to reap the fruit of his work for development of constituency over the years and close personal rapport with the masses.
In his third outing in the battle of ballots Mallick has to take on BJP nominee Rahul Sinha and CPI(M) candidate Riji Nandan Biswas in a triangular contest.
The president of the North 24 Parganas district unit of the Trinamool Congress, Mallick is said to have introduced Mamata Banerjee to Matua community’s ‘Baro Ma (Binapani Devi).
In the 2011 Assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress got overwhelming support from the community and Mamata Banerjee became Chief Minister Card in the state and Mamata Banerjee’s dream project of providing one kg rice for Rs 2 to the downtrodden sections.
However, in recent days, the BJP has increased its efforts to gain support of the Matuas and is trying to reach out to voters in the North 24 Parganas district as well.