Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2019

Left’s vote shifting to BJP in Bengal: TMC

More than a century later after his birth the Renaissance icon of Bengal, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, became a poll plank lately. Ruling Trinamool Congress used the vandalism in Vidyasagar college to reach out to unusual quarters. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Left’s vote could be diverted to Bharatiya Janata Party.

TMC cited internal reports and feedback about 30 percent of the votes is shifting to BJP, which stands as a key challenger to the regional party.

A TMC leader said, “Our prospects now hinge on the level of shift of the Left vote. We hope to get more than 30 seats but if the Left loses more than 10 percent of its share, we may even do down to 25.”

However, TMC chief spokesperson Derek O’Brien said the party under Mamata Banerjee leadership will improve tally in the Lok Sabha elections and the vandalism incident at Vidyasagar college will not help BJP to gain ground in the state.

TMC has been in power in West Bengal since 2011 and in 2014 Lok Sabha elections the party won 34 seats out of 42 parliamentary constituencies. BJP managed to score just 2, which is 16 percent of total. The vote share of Left was 30 percent.

May 19 is the last phase of voting and polling for nine seats in Bengal will be held. it is learned the nine seats are vast Hindi-speaking population and believed to be supporting BJP.

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Currently the BJP is enjoying political mood swing in the staet and the party is hoping drastic improvement in its tally.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The right-thinking people [who] belong to CPM, belong to Congress and even belong to TMC… are voting for BJP… In a political sense, you can say that CPM votes are being transferred to the BJP; this is one part of the story. But I believe that CPM, Congress and TMC – the right-thinking people of all these three parties, they are voting for PM Modi this time.”

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