Suvendu is not a factor. Hindus, schedule caste, Dalit and Hindi speaking population are the key factors. Around 50-55 per cent of Hindus are voting for BJP. There are around one crore Hindi speaking population in West Bengal. Matuas will predominantly vote for the BJP. When we made a survey and asked people whose government will be formed in Bengal. The outcomes predominantly come in favour of the BJP. In-ground there are workers of BJP.
For the last 20 years, there has been a blatant effort to appease the minority. The entire political ecosystem in Bengal be it Left, Congress or Didi have been to grab the Muslim votes. There is some element that BJP is exploiting. And that element is coming from the blatant misuse of minority politics.
West Bengal: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’
Slamming the apex poll body, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’. Alleging a tacit agreement between RSS and the Election Commission (EC), Dikshit said that the EC should consider itself as a branch of RSS, shifting its headquarters to Nagpur. Congress and TMC have slammed the EC for the Cooch Behar killings where 4 were killed by CISF. Bengal’s remaining poll phases will be held on April 17, April 22, April 26, and April 29 with results to be announced on May 2.
All must unitedly condemn and abjure violence that has no place in democracy. Pained and anguished at violence in Coochbehar leading to loss of lives. People in authority must show statesmanship & ensure respect for constitutional institutions & CAPF engaged in public duty.
If there is a vote (for BJP) then it is in the name of Modi, in the name of being Hindu. Polarisation, Modi, SC (Scheduled Castes), Hindi-speaking – these are the factors. So whether a Hindu is going or Prashant Kishor is coming, that has no bearing. Modi is popular here. Hindi-speaking people have more than 1 crore votes. Dalits are 27 per cent and they stand with BJP fully. Plus, there is definitely polarisation.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said more Cooch Behar-like killings may happen in the next phase of assembly elections if “naughty boys like the ones who died in Sitalkuchi” try to take the law into their hands. Addressing an election rally at Baranagar in the North 24 Parganas district, Ghosh said, “Naughty boys received bullets at Sitalkuchi. If anyone dares to take the law into his hands, this will happen to him also.” He further said that naughty boys, who had presumed that the rifles of the central forces were just for a show during election duty, will not dare repeat the same mistake after seeing what happened in Sitalkuchi.
Responding to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement demanding his resignation over the Cooch Behar killings, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said if the people of the state ask him to resign from his post, he is ready to do so. While addressing a rally in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Amit Shah asserted that Trinamool Congress (TMC) will lose the ongoing state assembly polls and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have to step down on May 2. “Didi has been asking for my resignation. If the people of West Bengal demand that I put down my papers, I am ready to do so with my head bowed. But Mamata will have to quit the CM’s post on May 2,” Amit Shah said.
The BJP friends have been circulating the partial audiotape since Saturday morning. The complete audiotape including all questions and answers should be released not the edited and partial version. He (Prashant Kishor), whose audiotape BJP has been circulating himself answered everything through his tweet. He reiterated in his tweet that BJP will not get 100 seats in Bengal. BJP understood that Mamata Banerjee will be again the chief minister of West Bengal. This is the strategy to play the mind games and create a wave of BJP amid the ongoing polls.
10-15-20-25 per cent people see God in him. Whether it is right or wrong, that is a different debate. He has acquired a cult in the country. The Hindi speaking people are the core support base of BJP in Bengal. There is anti-incumbency against the state government, not the Centre. Modi is quite popular here. We are doing surveys. Modi and Mamata are equally popular in Bengal which is a very big thing.
People of Bengal have not seen the rule of BJP so far, they have not tasted it and they are wanting to do it. People are coming to rallies, there is popularity of Modi and mobilization. There is anger against Trinamool Congress. That is a factor. Polarisation is a factor. The anti-incumbency against Trinamool that has opened the doors for BJP, their ability to polarize and SC votes.
There is no anti-incumbency against Modi. Modi has become a cult in the country. Modi is popular in Bengal. The Hindi speaking people is the core support base of BJP in Bengal. Modi is very popular here. Modi and Mamata are equally popular in Bengal. When we made a survey and asked people whose government will be formed in Bengal. The outcomes predominantly come in favour of the BJP. The majority says BJP’s government will be formed. There are sufficient workers of BJP on the ground. If we leave one or two districts, everywhere there are strong cadets of BJP.
Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning – Amit Malviya on Prashant Kishor
That moment when you get on Club House to brief Lutyens journalists, most of who are now jobless and YouTubing or work for discredited rags, and speak too much without realising that the conversation is not private and is being recorded… Someone just delivered a blow to Pishi! In a public chat on Club House, Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning. The vote is for Modi, polarisation is a reality, the SCs (27% of WB’s population), Matuas are all voting for the BJP! BJP has cadre on ground. Another candid admission by Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist – all that the Left, Congress and TMC ecosystem have done in the last 20 years is Muslim appeasement. Implication? It has resulted to resentment on ground. The speakers had not realised that the chat was public! Modi is hugely popular in Bengal and there is no doubt about it. There is a cult around him across the country. There is anti-incumbency against TMC, polarisation is a reality, SC votes is a factor plus BJP’s election machinery, says Mamata Banerjee’s strategist in an open chat. Is it open? That moment when Mamata Banerjee’s strategiest realised that the Club House room was open and his admissions were being heard by the public at large and not just a handful of Lutyens journalist. Deafening silence followed…TMC’s election was just thrown away!
Ahead of Bengal’s fourth phase of polls, political strategist Prashant Kishor announced on Friday, that he will enter politics in the near future, in conversation with Republic Media Network Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on Nation Wants to Know. Kishor, who currently manages the political campaign Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin and has been roped in by Capt. Amarinder Singh as a political advisor to Punjab CM, has stated that he will re-enter politics in a couple of years, shrugging off his initial failure at elections. Kishor was previously, JDU’s Vice-president after successfully getting CM Nitish Kumar re-elected in 2015.
I got into politics and I failed in my first attempt. I have learnt my lesson and I want to assure you that I will go back, probably go back better prepared. This is just a pause. I will definitely go back as a politician, won’t remain as a political aide my entire life. I am not scared of losing.
I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders! They should show courage & share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before & repeating again – BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hugely popular in West Bengal – Prashant Kishor’s audio clip goes viral
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Malviya on Saturday shared several clips of Mamata Banerjee’s polls strategist Prashant Kishor, following which a row has erupted. In the audio clip, Kishor could be heard saying the internal survey of Trinamool Congress (TMC) is showing that the saffron party is winning the assembly elections. “In a public chat on Club House, Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning. The vote is for Modi, polarisation is a reality, the SCs (27% of WB’s population), Matuas are all voting for the BJP!” tweeted Malviya. In his first response to the damning tweets, Mr Kishor dared the BJP to release the full transcript of the chat on Clubhouse, an invitation-only social media app that enables audio discussions on chatrooms. He also tweeted: “They should show courage and share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before and repeating again – BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period.”
Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, in Bengal to campaign on behalf of Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress, came out guns blazing at her first press conference, reminding voters that Ms Banerjee was “fighting to preserve the democratic right of every Bengali” and warning rival political parties – she did not name any – against “hijacking my religion… democratic rights”. “I have the utmost love and respect for Mamataji – a single woman fighting against all atrocities… a single woman fighting against everyone else. She has a broken leg, but nothing is going to stop her,” Ms Bachchan, a Bengali by birth, and a four-term Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, said.
Jaya Bachchan will speak against BJP but she will never say anything against me – Babul Supriyo, BJP
Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Monday said Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Jaya Bachchan, who is likely to campaign for TMC candidates in the West Bengal Assembly polls, might speak against BJP but will never say anything against him. “I welcome her (Jaya Bachchan) in West Bengal. Though I do not have family relations with her, she knows me very well. She will speak against BJP but she will never say anything against me,” Mr Supriyo told media.
Samajwadi Party (SP) MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan on Monday campaigned in West Bengal for Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and said that the chief minister is fighting for the democratic rights of the people in the state. Bachchan said that she is campaigning for Mamata Banerjee and TMC on the instructions of her party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who has been speaking against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since losing state elections in Uttar Pradesh against it. The BJP has challenged the TMC, vowing to unseat Banerjee from power in West Bengal.
A day after the BJP alleged the involvement of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee in a coal pilferage case, he on Monday dared the Central government to initiate a probe against “all culprits”. “All coal assets fall directly under Centre & are guarded by the Central agencies. If BJP thinks TMC leaders got money from those illegally operating the coal assets, then what’s stopping Centre from investigating all culprits who failed to manage these national assets?” the Diamond Harbour MP said.
Prashant Kishor had announced that he would quit Twitter if the BJP crossed the double-figure mark. He had also challenged BJP leaders to announce that they would relinquish their positions if they failed to get 200 seats. “Politics of Bengal are different from other States…It’s a unique election because in the last 30-35 years, the ruling party in Bengal has not been challenged by a national ruling party… When the Left was in power, they were never challenged by the ruling Congress. This is the first time that Bengal is witnessing a regional ruling party being challenged by a national ruling party, which is out there to win at any cost,” analyses the poll analyst. He said he stood by his earlier assessment that the BJP cannot cross the double-digit mark.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pulled out the ‘gotra’ card during the last leg of campaigning in Nandigram and declared that she is ‘Shandilya’. Now, BJP and AIMIM leaders have targeted Mamata Banerjee saying this is desperation speaking. As Mamata Banerjee downed the curtains on the final campaign in Nandigram, where she is pitted in a high-octane battle against her former confidante Suvendu Adhikari, she signed off saying her gotra is ‘Shandilya’. “I visited a temple where the priest asked me my ‘gotra’. I told him – Maa Maati Manush, but actually, I’m Shandilya,” said Mamata Banerjee.
“I visited a temple where the priest asked me my ‘gotra’. I told him – Maa Maati Manush, but actually, I’m Shandilya,” said Mamata Banerjee. Reacting to the ‘gotra’ remark, BJP leader Giriraj Singh said, “Due to fear of losing polls, Mamata Didi has told her gotra. Didi, just tell me, if Shandilya is also the gotra of Rohingyas and infiltrators. She’s scared now, that’s why sometimes she’s attacking BJP workers like Suvendu and sometimes using her gotra.”
Former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Moyna in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur, Ashoke Dinda has been provided Y+ security cover, day after he was allegedly attacked during an election campaign in West Bengal. Ashoke Dinda was allegedly attacked and his vehicle was vandalised when he was returning from a roadshow ahead of phase 2 of the West Bengal Assembly election on April 1.
Accusing West Bengal BJP of creating a fake survey showing Mamata Banerjee losing from Nandigram, Prashant Kishor’s consultancy firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) issued a statement calling it fake and said the saffron party was using fake surveys in I-PAC’s name to keep the morale of their workers up. The fake survey went viral on social media showing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee losing from the Nandigram seat.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor says Bengal is a fight CM Mamata & PM Narendra Modi where turncoats don’t matter
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor says that Bengal is a fight between Chief Minister Mamata and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and turncoats don’t matter. He explains how BJP creates fear before a contest, and warns that if the TMC loses Bengal, India will be headed for one nation, one party, with the BJP controlling people’s lives. In an interview, Kishor said, “Around November-December last year, there was a lot of hype being created around the BJP, that they are going to sweep the State, get 200 seats, etc. So, it was important for us to say publicly that this is not true… There is no way that in December the BJP was in a position to be winning 200 seats.”
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Friday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his remark that illegal infiltrators were eating up the rights and rations of the people of West Bengal. BJP leader Amit Shah had made the remark while addressing a rally in Purulia. Responding to Shah’s statement, Moitra said that Bangladesh’s economy is doing better than India , adding: “get both rations & rights back home”. She also claimed that the Indian government has failed to present infiltrator numbers’ in Parliament. “Bengalis share a border & a soul with B’desh,” added Moitra.
Speaking to media, Mithun Chakraborty said that this time it will be BJP’s government in the state. Responding to whether the huge crowd in his roadshow, rallies will convert into votes for the BJP, Mithun Chakraborty said, “Yes, I am speaking for the BJP only there will be a change…. people need a change in Bengal… we just have to see with how many seats we will form the government.” Bollywood superstar Mithun Chakraborty led two mega roadshows in the Jungle Mahal region of West Bengal in support of the BJP candidates.
Industrial growth has stopped. Only his (PM Narendra Modi’s) beard is growing. Sometimes he calls himself Swami Vivekananda and sometimes renames stadiums after his own name. Something is wrong with his brain. It seems his screw is loose.
Former IPS officer & BJP’s candidate from Debra, Bharati Ghosh, is the richest among candidates in Bengal polls
Former IPS officer and BJP’s candidate from Debra, Bharati Ghosh, is the richest among candidates in fray in the second phase of Bengal polls, says a report released by the West Bengal Election Watch, a civil society group. Ghosh has declared assets worth more than Rs 19.21 crore. Ghosh, once known for her proximity to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, switched to the BJP in February 2019. She was fielded by BJP from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency the same year but lost to Trinamul candidate and film actor Deepak Adhikari.
Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore are not new to us. We have been coming here for ages, standing in support with the Adivasis and contesting elections for many years. But this election is different. This is an election to save the values, culture, existence, religious harmony and the interests of the Adivasis. The ideals of JMM and TMC are somewhat similar and my party chose to set aside differences with Didi to stop BJP. After winning a few seats in the Lok Sabha election, they (BJP) think it can win the assembly election here. They had made the same mistake in Jharkhand after winning 12 of the 14 LS seats, but we ousted them and now, Didi’s TMC will do the same here.
Who says we don’t have an adequate organisational base? We have formed committees in 85% of booths in the state. In Lok Sabha polls, BJP won 18 seats and lost three by a margin of less than 5,000 votes. Twenty-one seats means 50% of the electorate. This when very few were ready to believe that BJP could win those many seats. There is no such scepticism now about our ability. After 18 Lok Sabha seats, confidence in BJP has increased manifold. I’m fully confident that we will win more than 200 seats.
My disillusionment with the present BJP is well-known because I have never tried to conceal it. People often ask me why I am disillusioned with the present leadership of BJP. The reply is simple and straightforward. It is because the present BJP is poles apart from the BJP I joined decades ago. I joined the BJP led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani and I served it loyally until 2014 when the leadership of the party was taken over by the Modi-Shah combine. Though I was not against their leading the party and government, I had a premonition.
Modi and specially Shah are extremely unpopular in Bengal; don’t go by the crowds that assembles in their meetings. We know how crowds are collected these days – the more electoral bonds you collect, the more crowds you can assemble. Indira Gandhi addressed some massive meetings in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections of 1977. We know the results. She was a much taller leader than the pygmies leading the BJP today. The main issue in Bengal in the forthcoming election is “Our own daughter versus the outsiders.”
The challenge for the BJP is that it does not have a local face. If you were to ask me about Suvendu Adhikari, I would say that he is a local face who has come from the TMC. The BJP would need a face who has been there in the party for sometime. The BJP continues to depend on the central leadership, but the question is how much of it can it really push to destabilise the TMC. There is no doubt that the Prime Minister has been able to move the audience. But in the case of Mamata, she is among the audience. The central leadership in an election is important, but to sway the voter you need a credible local face. This becomes even more important when your rival has a strong local face.
Congress ignored G-23 members in West Bengal Star Campaigner list except Manish Tewari & Jitin Prasada
The Congress released its list of star campaigners for the third phase of the West Bengal elections on Monday. The 30-leader list included prominent Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. The G23 faction, comprises Congress veterans like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, among others. Last year, this group of 23 senior Congress leaders wrote a strongly worded letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, raising questions over the manner in which the party is being led.
Narendra Modi will soon be projected as someone bigger than Ambedkar… even bigger than Tagore – Mamata Banerjee
They (saffron camp leaders) dictate whether someone should wear a sari or any other attire. They decide if a pregnant woman should eat eggs. If the BJP is elected to power, it will roll out the NPR and NRC exercises and remove names of bona-fide citizens from these registers. The party wants to change the history and geography of India… they change names of educational institutions at will. A cricket stadium in Gujarat has been named after PM Modi. One day they will change the name of our nation. Narendra Modi will soon be projected as someone bigger than Ambedkar… even bigger than Tagore.
We are yet to know the details of the money spent under PM Cares Fund. What all has been going on under the garb of disinvestment is no secret. I, on the other hand, don’t take single paise as salary. I have forfeited my allowance as a former MP, and as an MLA. Modibabu, you should explain why you are so eager to sell off stakes and close down Coal India, BSNL, MTNL and SAIL. Why you are so keen on closing down nationalised banks. CPI(M) goons had unleashed terror in Kotulpur, Chomkaitala belts (in the 90s and early 2000), when I was an opposition leader. They had even attacked me when I visited the affected areas to be on side of victims families. Those same CPI(M) harmads (goons) have joined the BJP.
There is anti-incumbency though I would like to stress that it is mostly around local Trinamool leaders and units – Prashant Kishor
I had a good idea of what I was getting into. The 2019 elections were just over and the BJP had done exceptionally well. The challenge was always to meet the tremendous might of the BJP and Sangh and their huge resources and machinery. Also, more and more, the fact that key wings of government and institutions were working in tandem with the powers. The task was, and remains, monumental because of the behemoth we are faced with. Add to that the reality that there is a degree of discontent against the Trinamul at the grassroots level; that happens when a party has been in power for 10 years. There is anti-incumbency though I would like to stress that it is mostly around local Trinamul leaders and units.
Yes, contrary to what some people like to believe, the discontent is mostly local, which is not to say it can be brushed aside. The Trinamul is a unique party and its nature has to be understood. It is not a party with a deep history or a committed cadre base. It is built on the sheer energy of a lady called Mamata Banerjee and it revolves around her. People keep joining and leaving but the core is Didi, nobody else. One of the challenges has been, with all these individuals coming in and departing, to retain internal coherence when so many others are coming and going, and it all comes down to Mamata to maintain coherence and reduce contradictions.
The BJP can afford to lose this election and still remain a strong all-India party, the others cannot. This election will mean the difference between India retaining the vibrancy of a multi-party democracy and becoming a one-nation, one-party state. That is how important this election is. For Trinamul to lose Bengal to the BJP will mean a shadow cast much wider. It will have a huge psychological impact beyond Bengal. It will put a question on the viability of putting up a challenge to the BJP. Many others will come under pressure or get demoralised…. That’s the battle we are fighting. The only way the BJP could have won was if Trinamul had collapsed. That has not happened. The BJP was hoping Trinamul would come apart, but they did not contend with Didi and what she means. This BJP is a formidable force in Bengal today but there is no way they are going to win, absolutely not. For the BJP to win, they need at least 44 per cent of the vote, which means they will have to substantially up their Lok Sabha numbers. Barring a few small-state exceptions like Haryana and Tripura, the BJP’s Assembly vote share has always been lower than what they secure in Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has an uphill task; I can tell you they are not winning this one. The BJP is here to stay for a long time, make no mistake. Two reasons. Didi remains by far the most popular leader in Bengal. Nobody has such energy, grit, intelligence and presence. Secondly, look at how swiftly and wholesomely we have responded and rearranged ourselves. We saw and recognised the threat from the BJP; we put in place an elaborate strategy which was a mix of the administrative and the political. I am not saying all of these people will vote Trinamul, but do not discount the dividends such a comprehensive outreach can shore up. At the political level, two-thirds of the district presidents have been changed. Now this too has led to all that ‘exodus’ talk that the BJP wants to hype, but the truth is we have a younger, more proactive leadership across the state.
They had hit my head, my back, my hands and almost every part of my body in the past – Mamata Banerjee
They had hit my head, my back, my hands and almost every part of my body in the past, you all (people) know that. This time, they (rivals) decided to target my leg to stop me from stepping out of home. But they don’t know Mamata Banerjee well. Also, please don’t accept any food and cigarettes from a stranger during the voting exercise. Don’t go anywhere leaving the EVMs unguarded, no matter who asks you to. I won’t ask you to reject the offer because anything that they are giving you has been bought with misappropriated public money. But do not vote for them.
Didi’s people are making graffiti on the streets of Bengal wherein she is hitting my head with her foot & playing football. Didi, why are you insulting Bengal’s culture and traditions? The more I question Didi, the angrier she gets. Now she says that she doesn’t like my face. Didi, in democracy, it is the public service & not the face which is put to test.
The govt employees of West Bengal have not received the 7th Pay Commission. We will implement it as soon as we form the govt. We will also increase salaries of the teachers. Mamata Didi wants to make her nephew the next CM. On the contrary, PM Modi wants to make Sonar Bangla. If you want Sonar Bangla, make sure you form a BJP govt in the state. TMC goons should not feel that they are safe. After forming the govt on May 2, we will find the murderers of 130 BJP karyakartas and put them in jail!
BJP party means Bharatiya Joghonno (bad) Party. I was Lok Sabha MP seven times and I have seen many prime ministers. But I have never seen such a ruthless, cruel PM. BJP is a party of monsters, demons, Ravana, Duryodhana, Dushasana, unrest & terror.
Former Bengal minister and BJP’s assembly poll candidate from Domjur, Rajib Banerjee, was on Sunday shown black flags by TMC supporters in the constituency, when he was out campaigning from door to door with other activists of his party, police sources said. Several agitators, holding posters that referred to Banerjee as a “traitor”, also blocked his way and raised slogans against him, prompting the police to mildly lathicharge them, the sources said.
Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday blamed herself for not recognising the “true face” of the influential Adhikari family of Purba Medinipur district. Venting her ire against Suvendu Adhikari, her protege-turned-rival who is pitted against the TMC leader from Nandigram constituency for the coming assembly polls, Banerjee said at an election rally, she had even heard rumours the Adhikari family had built an empire worth Rs 5,000 crore.
There are only 294 seats in Bengal. We cannot give tickets to everyone. Some will get it and others will not. We have to accept this. Those who are vandalising party offices, tearing up posters and setting things on fire cannot be a member of any political party. We do not approve such behaviours and we strongly condemn it.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sisir Adhikari on Sunday joined the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Adhikari’s son, Suvendu Adhikari, was a close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had defected to the BJP last December. The development comes as a big blow to Banerjee’s TMC mere days before the Assembly election in West Bengal. Adhikari, who represents the parliamentary constituency of Kanthi, shared a stage with Union Minister Amit Shah on Sunday at Egra in Purba Medinipur.
Baba Saheb Ambedkar has given us the freedom of vote and to choose. However, in Bengal, Mamata is constantly looting your freedom to vote. In 2018 Panchayat elections, the rigging done by TMC was witnessed by the entire world. I assure the people of Bengal that Didi will not be able to trample over our democracy anymore. I assure the people of Bengal, that Didi will no longer be allowed to crush democracy. The police and administration should also remember that nothing is greater than the limits of the Constitution and democracy.
Actor couple Neel Bhattacharya and Trina Bhattacharya joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday, ahead of the West Bengal state assembly election. They were inducted into the party in the presence of TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee. The husband-wife joined a league of other Tollywood actors, including June Malia and SayGhosh, who are backing Mamata Banerjee’s party this poll season. Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, after the mass exodus witnessed in the last few months, welcomed new members to the party. Actors Saayoni Ghosh, June Malia, Sudeshna Roy, Manali De, and director Raj Chakraborty were some of the celebrities who entered politics with TMC.
West Bengal Assembly with 294 seats will also go to the polls from May 2, 2021. CM Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress holds 222 seats at present. However, BJP has made major inroads in the state in the Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats out of 42 and establishing itself as the major opposition force in the state. The BJP is using its booth-level strategy and has regularly dispatched its top leaders including Amit Shah and JP Nadda in the state for winning the upcoming elections, with the Prime Minister also addressing mega-rallies there in recent weeks. The party has also been inducting a number of major TMC leaders on a regular basis and plans to hold at least 1500 rallies and assorted road-shows in total.
Poribortan (change) is Mamata Banerjee’s slogan; why are you copying Mamata Banerjee?… After winning Bengal, we will jump to Delhi and shake BJP. Thousands of crores of rupees were doled out by the TMC government for the cyclone-affected. There could have been one or two exceptions… But we rushed to be on the side of people. Where were BJP leaders then? At the time of human miseries, they are always absent. The BJP will omit names of voters if they are not found at home during the visit of enumerators. They will just evict you (people). But we would not allow them to update the register here. Not a single member of any family, no citizen of the country can be evicted from Bengal.
The father of the Jana Sangh was the son of this Bengal. Therefore, if there is a Bengal party in the true sense, then it is the BJP. The BJP’s DNA has the ethics, thoughts, behavior and values of Ashutosh Mukherjee and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. With these values, we want to bring every region of Bengal to a new height of development. We not only want to feed lotus in Bengal but also want to make the future of the people of Bengal bright.
‘Triggered’ by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s ‘irritation’ to the chant of Jai Shri Ram, actor Arun Govil, who played the role of Lord Ram in the famous TV serial Ramayan, joined the BJP on Thursday. He will not contest the elections, the BJP said, but will campaign for the party. With this move, the party is seen to aim for right-wing voters in the states where elections will be held starting March 27. Govil joined the BJP in the presence of its general secretary Arun Singh and Union Minister Debasree Chaudhuri after the party announced the names of 148 candidates for the West Bengal assembly polls. Govil, who essayed the role of Lord Ram on Ramanand Sagar’s superhit 1987 series Ramayan, also said the BJP will give him a “platform” to do his bit to serve the nation. Apart from Ramayan, Govil, 63, has played leads in several Hindi, Bhojpuri, Odia and Telugu films. He has also played supporting characters. He is, however, mostly known for his roles in mythological movies.
Mamata Banerjee’s irritation to Jai Shri Ram was a trigger point for me to join the BJP – Ramayana Fame ‘Lord Ram’ Arun Govil
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s irritation to Jai Shri Ram was a trigger point for me to join the BJP. And there is nothing wrong in saying Jai Shri Ram….it is not a slogan, not even a political slogan. It is a way of life for us, it represents our culture and ethos.
She is a daughter like crores of daughters of India – PM Narendra Modi on Mamata Banerjee at Purulia Rally
Bengal made up its mind long back. It is been saying ‘Lok Sabha mein TMC half aur iss baar poori saaf’. Seeing this determination, didi is taking out her frustration on me. But for us, she is a daughter like crores of daughters of India. Respect for them is part of our culture. That is why we were concerned when didi got injured. I pray to God that her leg injury heals soon.
Didi says khela hobe, BJP says jobs; Didi says khela hobe, BJP says education; Didi says khela hobe, BJP says development; Didi says khela hobe, BJP says the rise of women; Didi says khela hobe, BJP says jobs; Didi says khela hobe, BJP says you will get a pucca house, clean water and taps in every home.
According to TV9 Bharatvarsh, Mamata Banerjee continues to remain the most popular face for the chief ministership. Mamata has been two-time Chief Minister of Bengal and is the yet most favoured choice for CM for 3rd consecutive term. Other names which are favoured choice of public include Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh at No 2, Suvendu Adhikari (Mamata’s challenger) at No 3. A section of people also want to see Mithun Chakraborty and Sourav Ganguly as their Chief Minister.
The high-stakes battle for Bengal has the nation’s attention hooked to it. With days to go for 1st phase of polling, election campaign has reached a feverish pitch, with both TMC and BJP intensifying their high-octane campaign. In the meanwhile, TV9 Bharatvarsh has conducted an Opinion poll ahead of the elections in which it anticipates a close combat between the two main rivals – TMC and BJP. The Survey finds out that Mamata factor remains the biggest factor in Bengal elections, even ahead of BJP’s star campaigner Narendra Modi. Muslim voter base, Insider vs Outsider are some other issues, which the electorate is discussing at ground, found the survey.
If West Bengal Rejects BJP in Upcoming Polls, then in 2024 Election they will Lose Power even from Delhi – Mamata Banerje
Midnapore was under the control of a traitor. Before entering Midnapore everyone had to take permission from that traitor. The BJP is afraid of me because they know that they can buy everyone but not me. The outsiders (BJP) are trying to capture the iconic places of the state. If they are voted to power then they will destroy the fabric of the state. They don’t even know where Rabindranath Tagore was born. Now if West Bengal rejects them in the upcoming polls, then in the 2024 election they will lose power even from Delhi.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday once again upped the ante against the BJP saying they don’t want to see Modi’s face while addressing a poll rally in East Midnapore. “Bid farewell to BJP, we don’t want BJP. We don’t want to see Modi’s face. We don’t want riots, looters, Duryodhan, Dushasana, Mir Jafar,” Banerjee said in East Midnapore.
Pakistan & Bangladesh don’t have a vaccine so you’ll have to take PM Modi’s vaccine – Suvendu to Mamata
You’ll have to take PM Modi’s vaccine against COVID. He’s elected PM. Speaking against him is speaking against democracy. Speaking against him is speaking against Bharat Mata. Pakistan & Bangladesh don’t have a vaccine so you’ll have to take PM Modi’s vaccine.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh while attending a road show at East Midnapore’s Chandipur claimed that being afraid of defeat Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to get ‘sympathy’ votes. “TMC supremo knows that she and her party will lose the upcoming polls. This is why she is resorting to sympathy votes. But this time people of West Bengal are aware of the tyrant rule of the TMC for which they will vote in favor of the saffron camp,” mentioned Ghosh.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released another list of candidates for Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 last four phases. The list includes names of former Union minister Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha member Jagannath Sarkar, former state unit chief Rahul Sinha, footballer Kalyan Choubey and folk singer Ashim Sarkar. Bengal elections will be held in 8 phases beginning March 27 while the final phase will be held on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
‘Duare Sarkar’ program will be held four months a year. Free ration will be provided at doorstep – Mamata Banerjee
For the first time, every family in Bengal will be extended a minimum basic income. Under this, 1.6 crore general category families will get Rs 500 a month, whereas SC/ST category families will get Rs 1,000. The money will be directly transferred to the woman head of a family. We will set up 10 lakh new MSMEs and 2000 new big industrial units in the next five years. We shall appoint a Special Task Force to examine and propose OBC status to all the communities which are not recognised as OBCs like Mahishya, Tili, Tamul and Sahas. We will also ask the Government of India to grant ST status to Mahatos. ‘Duare Sarkar’ program will be held four months a year. Free ration will be provided at doorstep.
Bengal is also known to be a notorious place for cow smuggling – Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for failing check the incidents of coal and cow smuggling in West Bengal. Chowdhury, the president of Congress’ Bengal unit, also accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of smuggling girls in the state. He said that the accused do not get apprehended in these cases as the ruling party is involved. “Besides coal smuggling, Bengal is also known to be a notorious place for cow smuggling. Our mothers, daughters and sisters are also smuggled into Bengal. The ruling party (of Bengal) and bureaucracy do this together hence no one gets caught,” Chowdhury said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the opposition BJP wanted her to keep indoors ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, which apparently resulted in her injury. Addressing a public meeting in Gopiballavpur in the Jhargram district, Banerjee alleged that earlier it was CPI(M) which used to physically attack her, and now the BJP was doing the same. “They cannot throttle my voice, we will defeat BJP,” she said, while urging the people of the region to vote for the TMC candidates. “Every vote you cast for our candidates will be for me,” she added.
Releasing the party’s manifesto for the upcoming polls, Mamata Banerjee promised increasing employment opportunities. She said her government will work towards decreasing unemployment, saying they will create 5 lakh jobs in a year. We will ensure a minimum annual income of Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000 for general category and backward community people respectively in Bengal, Mamata said while releasing the poll manifesto.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and father of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari (former close aide of Mamata Banerjee) on Wednesday said that he will support his son and will attend PM Modi’s meeting if they ask me to go and he will also join the BJP if he is invited to do so. “I will support my son. If they tell me to go to PM Modi’s public meeting, I will definitely go… if they tell me to join BJP, I will do so,” Sisir Adhikari, TMC leader and father of BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari said. The TMC leadership said the announcement that Mr. Sisir Adhikari would attend the PM’s rally had come as no surprise to them. “We were prepared for this. After all blood is thicker than water. We had kept these developments in mind while selecting our candidates,” TMC MP Saugata Roy said.
Sisir Adhikari knows everyone here. He will be attending Modiji’s public meeting on March 24 – Suvendu Adhikari
Amid speculations of his father’s imminent switch to the saffron camp, the BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari has said that Trinamool MP Sisir Adhikari will attend Prime Minister and the party’s poll mascot Narendra Modi’s rally at Contai in East Midnapore district of West Bengal on March 24. Speaking at a public meeting at Chandipur in East Midnapore on Wednesday, the Nandigram strongman said he will ask his father to be on the dais at another party heavyweight Amit Shah’s rally as well. “Sisir Adhikari knows everyone here. He will be attending Modiji’s public meeting on March 24. I will also ask him to attend Amit Shah’s East Midnapore rally on March 21,” Adhikari junior said.
Narendra Modi promised to vaccinate people of Bihar after coming to power, during elections. But did they provide vaccines? No, they did not, they lied. “Don’t vote for BJP otherwise, you won’t be able to follow your ‘dharma’. You will have to say ‘Jai Shree Ram’, you will not be able to say ‘Jai Siya Ram’. Lord Ram used to worship Maa Durga because she is much bigger in stature.
A day before addressing rallies in poll-bound West Bengal and Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that there is a desire for a change in Bengal with the BJP’s agenda of good governance striking a chord among the people. “Glad to be getting the opportunity to be among my sisters and brothers of West Bengal tomorrow, 18th March. I would be addressing a rally in Purulia. Across West Bengal, there is a desire for change. BJP’s agenda of good governance is striking a chord among the people,” he tweeted.
Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta has resigned from the House amid criticism from the opposition parties over his candidature to contest Assembly elections in West Bengal on a BJP ticket, news agency ANI reported. His resignation has been sent to the Chairman of the House. The Chairman is yet to accept his resignation. “Honoured to be nominated by the West Bengal BJP to contest from Tarakeshwara centre of Bengals cultural heritage. I look forward to the campaign for a new, vibrant Sonar Bangla,” he had tweeted.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress, saying “only 45 days are left for the party’s departure”. Addressing an election rally in Purulia, Adityanath also took a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her Chandi Path during a public meeting in Nandigram from where she is in the fray against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. “Only 45 days are left. Trinamool’s departure after May 2 is certain,” he said.