Big leaders are making colourful but hollow statements, while the biggest concern of people in West Bengal is loss of jobs. The raging storm of privatisation of public sector undertakings, roads, stadia, stations, railways, oil etc., has generated a lot of fear among people about the future. Shrinking employment has added to their insecurity.
Oblivious to public sentiments, big leaders seem overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of a handful of their supporters. The situation is similar in Assam etc. Senior journalist Urmilesh analyses the electoral landscape: