One decision of TMC and BJP changed the entire strategy of Lok Sabha elections in Bengal.
The West Bengal unit of the BJP has changed its strategy to pursue its target of winning 35 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. In this exercise, BJP has now shifted its focus from the issue of corruption and started raising emotional issues like Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). BJP’s strategy has changed when TMC has decided that it will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal alone by separating from the opposition alliance ‘India’. This move has raised hopes of securing anti-TMC votes within the BJP.
BJP could not capitalize on the issue of corruption
Actually, BJP got 17 percent votes in 2014, which increased to 40 percent in 2019, as a result of which it got 18 Lok Sabha seats. Despite internal strife and electoral setbacks following its defeat in the 2021 assembly elections in the state, BJP’s efforts to capitalize on corruption allegations against the Mamata Banerjee government have not borne fruit. Therefore, while setting the target of winning 35 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats, BJP is now focusing on emotional issues like Ram Mandir and CAA. BJP state general secretary Agnimitra Paul told PTI, “Both the consecration of Ram temple and implementation of CAA are important issues of the party.” She said, “Both the issues are emotional and people can connect with them.” Are.”
Objective of uniting Hindu voters
BJP MP and former state president Dilip Ghosh noted the emotional appeal of these issues and stressed their historical importance in uniting Hindu voters and especially in addressing the refugee concerns of the Matua community. Ghosh said, “The promise of implementing CAA has played an important role in the electoral success of the BJP.” He said, “The issue of Ram Temple has benefited the BJP earlier also and this time also it has benefited the BJP including in West Bengal. It will help us in uniting Hindus across the country.
Attempt to create Matua vote bank with the help of CAA
In fact, people of the Matua community, a significant part of the state’s Scheduled Caste population, have been living in West Bengal since 1950 after fleeing religious persecution in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Their united voting makes them an important voter segment, especially considering the BJP’s stand on CAA. Relying on the promises of CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Matua community had voted en masse for the BJP in the state in 2019. Union Minister and Matua community leader Shantanu Thakur had recently said that the CAA will be implemented soon.
Will help in getting anti TMC votes
BJP also feels that TMC’s decision to walk away from the ‘India’ (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) alliance in West Bengal and contest the elections alone will help it in getting anti-TMC votes. Responding to BJP’s strategy, TMC is still confident of its appeal to voters and is rejecting BJP’s communal politics as ineffective. TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “Voters will support Mamata Banerjee by thwarting the BJP’s divisive tactics in West Bengal.” Political analyst Maidul Islam said the BJP’s reliance on emotional issues stems from its organizational weaknesses. “Issues like Ram Mandir, Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and CAA will dominate the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal,” he said.
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