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As Polls Near, Mamata Ready to Take the Fight to BJP Strongholds of North Bengal and Jangalmahal

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TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has determined to go for ‘surgical strikes’ on the BJP’s strongholds, together with North Bengal and Jangalmahal.

Party insiders say that the TMC chief will go to North Bengal and then Jangalmahal for administrative conferences in a bid to perform ‘surgical strikes’ on the saffron camp.

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Unfavourable leads to the 2019 bypolls for the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur meeting seats in Bengal and the loss of a number of ‘winning seats’ in North 24 Parganas in final yr’s Lok Sabha elections – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is aware of that any division in its vote share in North Bengal and Jangalmahal might spoil its sport plan to oust the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the 2021 meeting polls.

Going with the technique to “hit them where it will hurt the most”, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has determined to go for ‘surgical strikes’ on the BJP’s strongholds, together with North Bengal and Jangalmahal (Burdwan, Birbhum, Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore districts).


To begin with, after months of digital conferences due to the Covid-19 disaster, Mamata has determined to personally go to North Bengal on September 21, 2020, to maintain a collection of administrative and small public interactions to perceive the place her social gathering stands and what steps want to be taken to nook the BJP in the upcoming state polls.

On September 21, Mamata will attain Siliguri and will spend an evening there. On September 22-23, she’s going to maintain administrative conferences with officers of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Cooch Behar districts at ‘Uttarkanya’ (Siliguri secretariat).

The chief minister is scheduled to return to Kolkata on September 24. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in March, this will probably be her first go to to North Bengal.

North Bengal has grow to be a nightmare for Mamata due to the devastating 2019 Lok Sabha ballot outcomes and this time she is actually trying to break the BJP’s dominance in the space.

Out of eight Lok Sabha seats, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj, Balurghat, North Malda and South Malda in North Bengal, the TMC failed to win even one as seven of them went to the BJP, whereas South Malda was secured by the late Ghani Khan Chowdhury’s brother Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury (Congress), popularly often called ‘Dalu da’.

In Malda North, the BJP’s Khagen Murmu defeated sitting MP Mausam Noor (a Congress MP beforehand however fought the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on a TMC ticket), whereas in Malda South, ‘Dalu da’ gained the seat by defeating the BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury. The TMC’s Md Moazzem Hossain stood third with a 27.47 per cent vote share.

In the remaining seats, the BJP’s Nisith Pramanik, John Barla, Jayanta Kumar Ray, Raju Singh Bisht, Deboshree Chaudhary and Sukanta Majumdar despatched shock waves by the TMC camp by successful Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj and Balurghat, respectively.

The BJP has grown exponentially in North Bengal and Mamata had just lately gone for a serious organisational reshuffle to iron out the faction feud in the social gathering earlier than the 2021 meeting polls.

North Bengal will see the mom of all ballot battles because it consists of 54 meeting seats of the whole 294 in Bengal and the TMC’s destiny in subsequent yr’s elections will probably be determined by how the social gathering fares right here.

The significance of North Bengal for each the BJP and TMC each might be gauged from the indisputable fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee determined to blow the Lok Sabha ballot bugle on the similar day from right here on April 3, 2019.

Targeting the practically 35.eight per cent Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) voters in Bankura alone (predominantly a tribal space with 12 meeting seats) and shut to 40 per cent in the whole tribal-dominated Jangalmahal area, the TMC is strategising to nook the BJP in the area the place the saffron social gathering made important advances in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Mamata is aware of that North Bengal could possibly be the distinction between her social gathering successful or shedding the polls and it is also the area that helped the BJP enhance its tally from two to 18 seats in the Lok Sabha.

Party insiders say that after her North Bengal tour, Mamata will go to Jangalmahal to have comparable administrative conferences in a bid to perform one other ‘surgical strike’ on the saffron camp.




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