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Kolkata, Apr 11 : Two time Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator and state minister Tapas Roy is expected to find a musical chair contest this time from his Baranagar seat as he is pitted against popular Bengali actor and BJP’s new horn Parno Mittra.
Though the seat is falling under the North 24 Parganas district, the area is practically within reach of this metropolis and has a mixed population of voters, who have already made their mind either to pick a male candidate or a female to represent them in the assembly.
In 2016, Tapas Roy won the seat by defeating Sukumar Ghosh from Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) with a margin of 16100 votes.
In 2011, Roy won the seat by defeating Sukumar Ghosh from RSP with a margin of 36828 votes.
Baranagar Assembly constituency is falling under Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, All India Trinamool Congress candidate Sougata Ray won from Dum Dum Lok Sabha (MP) Seat with the margin of 53002 votes by defeating Samik Bhattacharya from Bharatiya Janata Party.
By fielding Parno, a prominent name in the Bengali television industry, BJP hopes to counter Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s culture clan that includes the glitterati of Tinseltown.
“Bengal is a laggard in vital areas such as education, health care and industry. I believe the deficiencies can be overcome only by the BJP, not the ruling party,” Parno had said.
“I don’t believe in politics on social media. Participation, if any, should be direct. That is why I am here today,” she said.
Asked if she feared losing work because of her political affiliation, Parno said she had always been selective when it came to choosing films and so was in no danger of suffering a career setback.
Mittra’s debut TV serial was Khela (2007), a Ravi Ojha production in which she played Indira. She acted in another popular Ravi Ojha production, Mohona, as the lead character. She got the Best Actress award for Mohona She acted opposite Abir Chatterjee in Shomoy and played the second lead in Bou Kotha Kao.
She made her film debut with Anjan Dutt’s Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona (2011). It received three National Awards for Best Bengali Film, Special Jury Award and Best Music.
She starred opposite Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Ashima in director Kaushik Ganguly’s Apur Panchali, which was screened at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in November 2013.
Some of her other notable films are Bedroom Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends, Maach Mishti More and Ekla Akash. She played a double role in Glamour.
In 2015, she had three releases: Bheetu, Glamour and Srijit Mukherjee’s Rajkahini. (Rajkahini is being made in Hindi as Begum Jaan which is being produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt. She acted in Pratim D Gupta’s X Past Is Present, which featured Rajat Kapoor.
Mittra has signed up for Bangladeshi director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki’s bilingual international film featuring Irrfan Khan and Rokeya Prachy of Tareque Masud’s The Clay Bird.
In 2018 she played the main role as Brishti in Alinagarer Golokdhadha opposite Anirban Bhattacharya[ and directed by Sayantan Ghosal.
On the other hand, State Minister Tapas Roy recently suggested if the Left and Congress are genuinely against BJP, they should support Chief Minister Mamata in her fight against the “communal and diverse politics” of the saffron party.
Asserting that the saffron camp’s dream to turn West Bengal into Gujarat will come to nought, he said the way BJP leaders have been hurting the ‘asmita’ (self-pride) of the state’s 10 crore people with their statements, there is room for little doubt that they would face a “humiliating defeat” in the Assembly polls.
Sharpening his attack on the saffron party, Roy alleged that the BJP was trying to disparage the inclusive nature of the state and its history.