In pictures: Didi vs Modi in West Bengal's election graffiti

In pictures: Didi vs Modi in West Bengal’s election graffiti

In pictures: Didi vs Modi in West Bengal's election graffiti khela hobe 30stades

One of the most hotly-contested assembly elections in India is also seeing interesting poll graffiti across the walls of its capital. As the West Bengal assembly polls 2021 are underway, the country is keenly watching the battle between strong-willed incumbent chief minister Mamata Banerjee with a resourceful and committed challenger in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The campaign has become colourful and high-decibel, thanks to the jumping of ship by many members from Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) into the opposition camp and the entry of prominent Bengali personalities like Mithun Chakraborty into the BJP.

Soumik Kundu has captured through his lens some interesting election graffiti across the walls of Kolkata. Here are the pictures, which give a glimpse into the no holds barred poll campaign in West Bengal right now:

 No Vote to BJP graffiti capturing gas price hike and Mithun Chakraborty’s dialogue from one of his films he quoted at an election rally: "Ami joldhorao noi, bele borao noi... ami ekta cobra, ek chobol-ei chobi” (Don't mistake me for a harmless snake; I am a cobra, can kill people in one bite).  Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
‘No Vote to BJP’ graffiti capturing gas price hike and Mithun Chakraborty’s dialogue from one of his films he quoted at an election rally: “Ami joldhorao noi, bele borao noi… ami ekta cobra, ek chobol-ei chobi” (Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake; I am a cobra, can kill people in one bite). Pic: Soumik Kundu

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 Graffiti made by Suman Mitra with the help of street Children, who said: "Election expense is Rs 60,000 crore….want to eat some rice. Can they provide some food?” Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Graffiti made by Suman Mitra with the help of street Children, who said: “Election expense is Rs 60,000 crore….want to eat some rice. Can they provide some food?” Pic: Soumik Kundu
Graffiti by Suman Mitra: Manifesto is only audible not visible. Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Graffiti by Suman Mitra: Manifesto is only audible not visible. Pic: Soumik Kundu
 The graffiti depicts the fight between TMC's 'Khela Hobe' (The Game will happen) and BJP's 'Jai Shri Ram' (represented by Lord Rama). Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Jai Shri Ram is chanted at every BJP rally in West Bengal elections. Lord Rama here. Pic: Soumik Kundu 

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The famous slogan Khela Hobe on the walls of a playground in Kolkata. Pic: Soumik Kundu
Lord Rama with bow and arrow. Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Lord Rama with bow and arrow. Pic: Soumik Kundu
‘Jai Shri Ram’: BJP’s slogan with Lord Rama on a market wall. Pic: Soumik Kundu

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'Here Death is Development', referring to TMC. Pic: Soumik Kundu
‘Here Death is Development’, referring to TMC. Pic: Soumik Kundu
Jan takte harchi na, CAA, NRC, NPR manchi na (We won’t loose, we don’t accept CAA, NRC, NPR)
Bengal wants its own girl: TMC's election symbol Election campaign. Pic: Soumik Kundu
Bengal wants its own girl: TMC’s election symbol Election campaign. Pic: Soumik Kundu

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The game will happen with broken foot (Khela hobe.....). Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
The game will happen with broken foot (Khela hobe…..). Pic: Soumik Kundu
TMC symbol under a shadow. Pic: Soumik Kundu
Graffiti turns green to give the message of environment protection and saving trees. Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Graffiti turns green to give the message of environment protection and saving trees. Pic: Soumik Kundu

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BJP's green campaign in west bengal through a graffiti. Pic: Soumik Kundu Pic: 30 stades
BJP’s green campaign through graffiti. Pic: Soumik Kundu
 Mithun Chakraborty says: "Every dream will come true" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells him: "O' Mithun da, please show us some dance." Pic: Soumik Kundu 30 stades
Mithun Chakraborty says: “Every dream will come true” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells him: “O’ Mithun da, please show us some dance.” Pic: Soumik Kundu

(Soumik Kundu is a Kolkata-based documentary photographer and computer teacher).

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