Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2019

How Mamata Banerjee’s TMC faced greatest challenge by BJP

The Lok Sabha results could be a lesson for Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress party, but the true Bengal election story is different. Firstly the TMC vote-share actually increased even though it lost sixteen seats and share of BJP increased seven times. A decade ago the saffron was at 6.14 percent vote-share but now it is at 40.25 percent.

Next, the present scenario is exactly the same as what happened to the Left Front party in 2009 when TMC was rising.

Consider this. After coming to power TMC chief Mamata Banerjee never lost an election and no party was able to hold on to its ground. She made inroads in her bastion alone. The 2019 is the worst defeat for the party since the 2004 Lok Sabha election.

So, what exactly went wrong? Why it was not able to stem saffron tide in backyard? Was it mobilisation of Hindutva or failure of TMC’s lieutenants? Did Modi-Amit Shah paired party outsmart that of Mamata’s? The answer is somewhere in between.

BJP has put forward an argument over the past five years that Hindus in the state have no “self-respect” and Bengal has been marred by riots. The saffron has also highlighted alleged cases of Mamata’s Muslim appeasement.

Mamata Banerjee, TMC, BJP

One of the BJP leader said, “This was rooted in ground realities. Mamata was in a hurry to never lose power after winning… Hence, to cement position, her bid to woo Muslims irked everyone else. That was always our starting point.”

Well, what is true cannot be analyzed easily as greatest advantage for BJP came from Muslim-dominated seats like Malda dominated by 55 percent Muslim population voted against TMC.

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About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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