Mamata’s Choice to Take On Suvendu Adhikari On His Turf Could Encourage Demoralised TMC Staff
The BJP has mocked the choice, saying that Mamata has fled her common constituency, Bhowanipore in Kolkata, fearing that she would lose there. They’ve additionally stated that she opted for Nandigram as a result of Muslims represent 30 % of its citizens, thereby reiterating the cost that the minorities are together with her as a result of she has been showering them with state largesse.
Nevertheless, there’s little doubt that her choice to tackle the ‘traitor’ Adhikari on his personal turf, when she might have simply opted for any protected seat, will encourage her occasion employees who’ve been left considerably demoralised by the exodus of a number of TMC leaders to the BJP.
BJP’s Beautiful Inroads Into Bengal
Within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it received 18 out of 42 seats within the state whereas the Trinamool Congress received 22. This was a staggering feat, contemplating that the occasion had managed to get solely 2 seats within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP’s vote share additionally shot up — from 10.16 % within the 2016 Meeting polls to 40.64 % in 2019.
Although the TMC didn’t see a big decline in its vote share — it garnered 43.69 % of votes in 2019 as towards 44.91 % in 2016 — Mamata is aware of solely too nicely that she must stem the slide and halt the BJP’s advance. Else, come 27 March, when the state goes to the polls, the struggle might grow to be too shut for consolation.