Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2019

Junglemahal tribal votes important for Modi

The sixth phase Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal is crucial for Bharatiya Janata Party as four of the state’s constituencies are dominated by trials.

The seats across three districts in the tribal region in Jhargram are called Junglemahal, located near Jharkhand, and once the Left Wing Extremism affected the area but now has been almost eroded. Hence the battle is between BJP and TMC.

Jhargram witnessed maximum Maoist violence and until 2012 at least 1000 people were killed. Following the elimination of Maoist militia chief Kishenji by state and central forces after TMC chief Mamata Banerjee assumed office in 2011 the violent incidences were brought down to a great extent. The incidences stopped completely after several arrests and surrender of Maoists thereafter.

The Mamata Banerjee later launched several schemes for the people in the area such as giving rice at Rs 2/kg to the people and this resulted with good vote volume in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP had no presence in the area for past four years but the party succeeded in wresting two of the eight panchayat samitis.

As the tribal belt had been a stronghold of Left parties traditionally and seven gram panchayats elections were won by TMC uncontested, the BJP shocked Mamata Banerjee with more vote share in many panchayats.

Meanwhile, the RSS has taken a lead in making inroads for BJP in the tribal heartland and runs about 150 schools. This has helped BJP to a great extent.

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- 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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