Green versus Saffron

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 12:06:16 PM IST

 At least eight persons were killed in post-poll violence between TMC and BJP workers and the situation in many parts of Bengal is stated to be tense. The violence in Bengal is the consequence of the fight for political dominance between the two parties that has thrown the state into a political frenzy and pushing it further to brinkmanship. When TMC swept Bengal in the 2011 assembly elections by decimating the ruling Left Front which had ruled the state for a record 34 years, it aligned with Congress and it alone won 184 seats out of 294. In the next assembly election, the TMC won by another huge landslide winning 211 seats out of 294. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, TMC won 34, Congress 4 and BJP and CPM two each. Prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, boasted that her party would win all 42 seats; a hope order to be propelled as the likely prime ministerial candidate of the opposition minus the Congress. The results of the recently concluded Lok Sabha election has dealt a huge blow to Mamata’s ambition as her party could win only 22 seats while the BJP stunned everybody by winning 18 seats and the Congress barely able to win only two seats. The Left has been on a decline and finally ended its chapter when it drew a blank. The overwhelming shift of the Left Front’s vote share to the BJP helped it to win a record number of seats in the TMC bastion. As expected, the breakdown of the Congress-CPI(M) seat sharing talks ended up hurting the ruling party in the state since the BJP was able to bag the bulk of the anti-incumbency votes. Had the alliance worked out, it would have eaten into BJP’s share of such voters, which would have been advantage TMC. Compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Left’s vote share of 29% dwindled to about 7% this time. The BJP, which had around 17% votes in 2014, secured around 41% this time- almost close to Trinamool Congress’ 43%. The massive increase from just two seats in 2014 to 18 seats in 2019 was a signal that the BJP was ready to take over Bengal. What seemed clear is that the majority of the Hindu votes went to the BJP’s kitty, while the Muslim voters backed the TMC. The BJP adopted a clear and bold strategy to win the support of Bengali Hindus especially immigrants by promising to legislate the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. Both TMC and BJP are equally responsible for the violence in Bengal. The goons who were the foot soldiers of the Left joined TMC to suppress rival supporters and also capture booths during polls. Some of the goons left TMC to join BJP and the clashes were not unexpected. The BJP is desperate to wrest Bengal from the TMC while the latter is also equally determined to retain Bengal that gave the party a significant presence at the national level. The clashes between TMC and BJP supporters is certain to become more intense in the days ahead as leaders of both parties in the state have turned it into a do-or-die fight. The state goes to polls in 2021 and the BJP would do anything to dethrone TMC and thus, it is already in the process.  


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