Kolkata: An academic and CPI-M`s
candidate Nandini Mukhopadhyay, who faces a Herculean task against formidable rival Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the
September 25 bypoll from Bhawanipore Assembly constituency,
says individuals do not matter in a fight between ideologies.
Mamata, the Trinamool Congress chief, seeks entry into
the legislature after she became the chief minister of West
Bengal following a landslide victory in the Assembly elections
Though pollsters predict a thumping win for Mamata,
46-year-old Mukhopadhyay, a professor of Computer Science in
Jadavpur University`s engineering college, however, insists
individuals do not matter in a fight between ideologies.
"Individuals do not matter when there is a political
fight between CPI-M and Trinamool Congress. I believe it is the people who will ultimately judge policies of ours and theirs and would determine my fate," she said.
"It is not a personal issue for me but a fight between
two ideologies and two ways of running the government and
deciding and implementing policies", she said.
Mamata`s chief election agent Sachinanda Bandyopadhyya
on the other hand said "we are not taking the contest lightly.
Our target is to see that Mamata wins the by-poll by a much
higher margin than 49,936 margin of votes secured by Trinamool
Congress state president Subrata Bakshi who had contested from
the seat in the May election.
Bakshi resigned as MLA from Bhowanipure constituency
to make way for Mamata to contest from the seat. The Trinamool
Congress supremo is currently an MP from Kolkata South Lok
Sabha seat and has to get elected as MLA within six months.
``There may be lethargy among a section of voters
knowing that her win is a foregone conclusion. We will appeal
to each voter to turn up at the polling station to cast their
vote,`` he said.