Published On: Mon, Dec 24th, 2018

Why Mamata Banerjee considering BJP as greatest threat

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Even though West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually has no challenge from opponents and is enjoying good majority in state assembly, she seems not certain about her political position. She is currently more concerned is the jump of BJP’s vote share in a by-election this year. In 2013 the share was just 3 percent while now it is 23 percent. It is also being said, based on a survey report, that BJP would become principal opposition party in Bengal.

Why Mamata Banerjee considering BJP as greatest threat

Significantly the uncertainty was seen for the first time in the panchayat elections last summer in which thousands of seats were not contested by opposition parties as her party workers scared away all her adversaries.

Absence shocked Supreme Court and lately the Calcutta High Court is considering her trepidations about BJP’s proposed Rath Yatra in Bengal.

Undoubtedly she is considering BJP as a greater threat. In the 295-member Assembly BJP has 42 seats while Trinamool Congress 213. The Left has 32 seats.

The rise of BJP in Bengal is said to be due to Mamata Banerjee’s lenient towards Muslims and their 28 percent votes in the state. Apart from this, the longstanding problem of illegal migrats from Bangladesh is an added problem for the TMC supremo.

BJP president Amit Shah has earlier called the illegal migrants as termites. Mamata Banerjee fears the Rath Yatra may raise the issue and call for National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Bengal for headcount similar to what had happened in Assam.

It is also reported the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is active in Bengal with the propaganda to favor NRC.

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