- Internationally renowned magician P.C. Sorcar Jr is the BJP candidate for the Barasat Lok Sabha constituency
- The sitting MP is Trinamool’s Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, who isn’t giving her celebrity adversary much of a chance
- The main problem confronting the Barasat area is law & order, especially spiralling crimes against women
- Born in 1946, Sorcar Jr is the son of the best-known Indian magician of the day, P.C. Sorcar. His troupe is called Indrajaal.
“Desher ja obosta taate ekmatro magicianra-i parben problem solve korte (The mess that the country is in, only magicians can solve our problems),” quips Tulu Dutta, a homemaker peering out of the ground floor window of her house in Salt Lake city, abutting Calcutta, in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, the more urban end of Barasat Lok Sabha constituency, from where magician P.C. Sorcar Jr is contesting on a BJP ticket.
It’s a sizzling April afternoon, and Sorcar is...