The vote count of the national election on Thursday has surprised the Bengal as the BJP’s position is very close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Reports say the Trinamool Congress is ahead in 22 of the state’s 42 seats where the BJP is ahead in 19.
It is likely to say that Mamata Banerjee seems to accept much ground to the BJP in West Bengal. BJP’s performance in the state shows that the party has been succeeded to make an impact in the state over the past few years.
The analysts are seeing the results in Bengal as the “Left turning right”. According to them, it is the BJP, not the Trinamool, who got an advantage from the Left as 30 percent of the Left’s vote has transferred to the BJP. In 2012, the Left lost its power in the state where they ruled over three decades.
In 2014, the BJP won only two seats in Bengal and the party has been working hard and campaigning since then in the state. Over the past two years, the Bengal has come across several clashes between the two party workers on rallies and marches.
Noticing the increased number of seats in the state, the BJP is expected to dial up its campaign to take Bengal in the 2021 assembly polls. The critics have accused the Chief Minister of failing to keep control over her “pro-minority” policies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah addressed the maximum number of rallies in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee called the PM as “Expiry Babu” while the PM hit out at the CM saying “speed-breaker didi”.
“Mamata Banerjee fights and we contest elections. The results show that we should not fight in politics,” said the BJP’s Kailash Vijayabvargiya, who led the BJP’s Bengal campaign.
However, the Chief Minister over the prediction of exit polls on Sunday tweeted, “The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) through this gossip. I appeal to all opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together”.