Tribune News Service
Kolkata, May 2
The consolidation of Muslim and anti-BJP secular votes in her favour appears to have performed the trick for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose occasion Trinamool Congress is all set for third consecutive time period in West Bengal after registering an emphatic victory within the Assembly elections.
“The districts with strong Muslim population such as Murshidabad and Malda were traditionally Congress strongholds. But this time, they voted for the TMC,” mentioned Biswanath Chakraborty, political analyst. In Murshidabad, the TMC received 17 of the 20 seats in comparison with one within the 2016 elections. In Malda, it received six of the 12 seats in comparison with none final time. The TMC has at all times had sturdy following amongst Muslims in south Bengal, together with Kolkata. The consolidation of Muslim votes behind Mamata Banerjee must have set off a counter-reaction amongst Hindu voters, thus benefitting the BJP, however that didn’t occur.
“A large section of the Hindu voters who simply wanted to keep the BJP at bay voted for the TMC because they thought their votes would be wasted if cast for any other secular outfit. Campaigns such as ‘No vote to the BJP’, launched by civil society groups and Left-wing student groups, seem to have helped Mamata,” mentioned Suhit Sen, historian and alumnus of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 16 election rallies in West Bengal after the ballot dates have been introduced. Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, who participated in 62 occasions throughout 28 days, earned the sobriquet of “daily passengers” due to their frequent journeys from Delhi to Bengal.
BJP chief JP Nadda, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Textile Minister Smriti Irani too campaigned extensively.
“The injury sustained by Mamata at Nandigram may have aroused sympathy among voters…. or may be her poll strategy of branding the BJP as a party of outsiders worked,” opined BJP common secretary and the occasion’s West Bengal in-charge, Kailash Vijayvargiya, when requested concerning the outcomes.
Praise pours in
The TMC received due to Mamata Banerjee. It appears individuals have chosen Didi. We will introspect what went unsuitable. Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP chief
What a struggle!
What a struggle by Didi! Congratulations to the individuals of West Bengal and lots of congratulations to @mkstalin on a powerful victory. Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM
Mamata Banerjee led the struggle for Bengal’s self-respect single-handedly and all credit score goes to the Bengal tigress for the win. She defeated all forces. Uddhav Thackeray, Maha CM
Heartiest congratulations to Didi. The BJP & a throughly partisan EC threw all the things, together with the kitchen sink, at you & you prevailed. Omar Abdullah, NC chief
BJP met its match
The voters of Bengal (particularly Nandigram) have proven the place their hearts lie. The BJP has met its match in Bengal, and misplaced. Shashi Tharoor, Congress chief