Kolkata, April 26: The fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election to be held on April 30 (Saturday) is a high-profile one.
This phase will decide the fate of the state's chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, among a number of of her Trinamool Congress (TMC) party's top leaders and ministers. In fact, this phase will also determine the luck of some TMC leaders accused in the Narada sting operation. [Rahul, Buddhadeb to share stage]
Mamata Banerjee, who is the main attraction of this phase, will be challenged by the Congress-Left backed candidate, Deepa Dasmunsi, and BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose---the grand nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Here is a look at some high-profile candidates of phase five:
Mamata Banerjee (TMC) - Bhabanipur
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will contest the second Assembly election of her career on April 30. She will contest against Congress-Left backed candidate Deepa Dasmunsi and BJP's Chandra Bose from Bhabanipur, a constituency where the BJP did well in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. In 2011, Banerjee won a bypoll here to become an MLA and enter the Assembly to become the state's first woman CM.
Chandra Bose (BJP) - Bhabanipur
Chandra Kumar Bose, a non-political entity, has been fielded by the saffron party from Bhabanipur as a strategic move to corner Mamata Banerjee. The BJP is expecting to cash in on the Netaji sentiments---something which both Mamata and Prime Minister Modi have been eyeing by means of releasing classified files on the legendary freedom fighter. But for Bose, it will be a Himalayan challenge to accomplish a miracle.
Sujan Chakraborty (Left) - Jadavpur
A biomedical engineer, Sujan Chakraborty will look to win back Jadavopur, a constituency that former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had won for five consecutive times between 1987 and 2006 but lost in 2011 to Mohnish Gupta of the Trinamool Congress. Chakraborty, a former MP from Jadavpur, is contesting against the same Gupta this time.
Partha Chatterjee (TMC) - Behala West (now Behala Paschim)
Partha Chatterjee, the current education minister of the state, will be eyeing his fourth term from this seat. In 2011, Chatterjee won by 59,021 votes against CPI(M)'s Anupamdeb Sarkar.
Firdausi Begum (TMC) - Sonarpur North
Firdausi Begum, the sitting MLA, will look to maintain the TMC's dominance in a seat which has traditionally been a stronghold of the CPI(M). In 2011, she defeated CPI(M)'s Shyamal Naskar by 26,024 votes and will lock horns with Left's Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, a former athlete.
Satarup Ghosh (Left) - Kasba
Satarup Ghosh is one of the young faces that the Left have fielded this time. He, however, had contested the 2011 election in the same seat but lost to the TMC's Ahmed Javed Khan, the state's current minister of disaster management, by less than 20,00 votes. The two are locking horns in this seat this time again.
Deepa Dasmunsi (Congress) - Bhabanipur
Wife of ailing former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Deepa is also a veteran of many political battles. She is, however, fighting the biggest battle of her life by locking horns with the chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee. In this picture, she is seen with former Congress MP Ramya Krishnan, an actor-politician from Karnataka, and Mausam Noor, a current Congress MP from Malda district of West Bengal, at an election rally in Kolkata.
Abdur Rezzaq Mollah (Trinamool Congress) - Bhangar
Abdur Rezzaq Mollah is one of the most prominent political players in Bengal politics. The former Left minister had won from the Canning East constituency for eight consecutive times between 1977 and 2011, the year when the Left had perished like nine pins. This year however, he is contesting from a new constituency, Bhangar, and on the tickets of a new party --- the TMC, which he joined earlier this year creating much buzz.
Debashree Roy (TMC) - Raidighi
Debashree Roy, an actor-turned-politician, tasted success the very first time she contested an election in 2011. She, in fact, went on to become a giant killer by defeating heavyweight Left leader Kanti Ganguly by 5,533 votes. The two are contesting again this year from this seat, which came into existence in 2011 after delimitation.
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (Left) - Sonarpur North
A former athlete and recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Jyotirmoyee Sikdar is not new to politics. A former MP from Krishnagar, Sikdar is challenging sitting MLA Firdausi Begum of the TMC from Sonarpur North---a constituency which had been a bastion of the Left earlier.
Subrata Mukherjee (TMC) - Ballygunge
State PHE minister Subrata Mukherjee won this prestigious seat in South Kolkata after a gap of 30 years in 2011. He defeated Fuad Halim, son of late speaker of Bengal Assembly Hasim Abdul Halim by over 41,000 votes. This year, Mukherjee, a former mayor of Kolkata, is contesting against Congress's Krishna Debnath. In the picture, Mukherjee is seen with party supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Sovandeb Chatterjee (TMC) - Rashbehari
A former Congressman and one of the oldest leaders of the TMC, Sovandeb Chattapadhyay is winning the Rashberai seat since 1998, when she won a by-election there. In 2011, he won from this seat by nearly 50,00000 votes. The veteran trade union leader and chief whip of the TMC in the Assembly, Chattapadhyay will take on the Congress's Asutosh Chattapadhyay and the BJP's Samir Bandyopadhyay in this election.