West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, 1987
The star campaigner of the Left Front was Chief Minister Jyoti Basu of CPI(M), who had pledged to visit all constituencies where CPI(M) had fielded candidates. During the campaign Basu claimed that the Delhi government discriminated against West Bengal in allocation of resources.
'Natun Bangla' ('New Bengal') was the key slogan of the Congress(I) campaign. The star campaigner of Congress(I) was Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was flown in from Delhi and toured the state. At the time Gandhi enjoyed significant popularity, especially amonsgt urban upper-middle class sectors. Gandhi was accompanied by West Bengal Congress(I) chief
The Congress(I) campaign, whilst being boosted by Gandhi, suffered from internal dissent in party ranks. Congress(I) heavy-weights