Sitting on a bench exterior Habu Da’s tea stall, reverse the heritage ‘Mitra Establishment’ in Bhabanipur, Babla Ghosh, 36, speaks dismissively, “What election? Folks already know the result.”
Bhabanipur — the constituency in south Kolkata thrust into the limelight because the seat from the place Mamata Banerjee will search to enter the Meeting via a by-election on September 30, after her loss from Nandigram within the state elections earlier this 12 months — has had an prolonged electoral season, and the fatigue is displaying. Positioned in south Kolkata, Bhabanipur is arguably essentially the most cosmopolitan a part of the town. About 40 per cent of its voters are non-Bengalis — largely migrants from Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh.
The place has the quintessential previous Kolkata appeal — with dilapidated centuries-old bungalows, slim bylanes, hand-pulled rickshaws and a potua para (potter’s quarters).