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It’s Trinamool’s Nakuldana vs BJP’s Laddoo in Birbhum

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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers stage a demonstration during a 12-hour shutdown called by BJP against killing of two youths during a clash between agitating students and the police last week over the recruitment of new teachers at a school at Islampur in North Dinajpur district, in Kolkata on Sept 26, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS) by .
Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers stage a demonstration during a 12-hour shutdown called by BJP against killing of two youths during a clash between agitating students and the police last week over the recruitment of new teachers at a school at Islampur in North Dinajpur district, in Kolkata

It is turning out to be the “sweetest” election for the people of Bolpur constituency in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, otherwise infamous for political bickerings and violent clashes…reports Asian Lite News

Kolkata: BJP workers stage a demonstration against West Bengal Government outside Election Commission Office in Kolkata, on Dec 21, 2017. The party accused the Trinamool of not letting its polling agents into certain polling booths during bypoll for the Sabang assembly constituency in the state. (Photo: IANS) by .
BJP workers stage a demonstration against West Bengal Government outside Election Commission Office in Kolkata,

While the Trinamool Congress workers are daily pampering the voters by distributing a local sweet nakuldana — made of flour and sugar — the Bharatiya Janata Party activists are handing out mouth watering laddoos to the amused people.

It all started with Trinamool’s irrepressible district president Anubrata Mondal declaring in his characteristic nonchalant style recently that Nakuldana was a cure-all.

“If people eat Nakuldana they would be cured of all illnesses. And all votes will go to the Trinamool,” said Mondal cryptically. He then ordered the party workers to liberally distribute Nakuldana.

Now Mondal’s words have the “force” of law for all sections of Trinamool workers in the district.

So, from that day itself they have religiously started distributing nakuldana to people on the streets, at the markets. And the more zealous ones even went door to door with crates of nakuldana.

The candidate Asit Kumar Mal too followed suit. A big grin on his face, Mal was seen handing out Nakuldana to people.

Finding the Trinamool getting all the media glare, the BJP came up with the idea of countering Nakuldana with the desi laddoo.

The BJP candidate Ramprasad Das went to a temple, offered flowers to the deity, and came out playing the drum with all his vigour. And then it was his turn to offer laddoos to the people.

A BJP procession moved around the constituency, with women workers in the vanguard carrying laddoos for consumption of the masses. They offered laddoos to motor cycle riders, richkshaw pullers, and anyone else they laid their hands on.