Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2019

What is worrying BJP in Didi’s Bengal

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In 2009 Lok Sabha elections Bharatiya Janata Party managed grabbing just one seat out of 42 in West Bengal. The vote sharing was 6.1 percent. In 2014 a gain of one more seat was seen and the vote share rose to 16.8 percent. Now, in the upcoming national elections the party is eyeing the state to gain much more seats.

BJP chief Amit Shah said in a rally in North Bengal’s Alipurduar on Friday he is confident the party will win 23 seats in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she is setting a target to win all the 42 seats in the state.

In 2016 assembly elections BJP performed better in the state and its vote share was 10.3 percent winning three seats of 294. In 2011 BJP failed to make any.

BJP improved further in subsequent polls in West Bengal. In Durgapur municipal election the party emerged second next to TMC.

What is worrying BJP in Didi's Bengal

However, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections the worry for BJP in the state is TMC as in 2014 Didi’s party bagged nearly 40 percent of the votes. Again, in 2016 TMC won 45.3 percent seats in assembly polls. Improvement in TMC vote share was seen significantly in both the polls. Currently TMC holds 34 of 42 LS seats and 211 of 294 assembly seats in West Bengal.

The state will have polls in all the seven phases. The first phase is scheduled to be held on April 11 and the last on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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