The West Bengal election enters the strong fortress of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) within the third section, through which 31 constituencies vote on Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) is determined to register its presence within the area going to polls, banking on a few of its star faces and the presence of the Indian Secular Entrance (ISF)’s Abbas Siddiqui, a cleric.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s get together gained 29 of the 31 seats within the 2016 elections and likewise led in 85% of those meeting segments within the 2019 nationwide polls, when the BJP gained 18 of the state’s 42 seats.
The seats voting on Tuesday are in South 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah districts; a lot of them have a excessive share of Muslim inhabitants, giving the TMC a bonus. Nevertheless, Siddiqui’s ISF has bought good resonance on this space, and it’s contesting eight out of the 31 seats. Siddiqui’s base of Furfura Sharif falls in Hooghly’s Jangipara seat. His brother, Nawsad, is contesting the Bhangor seat in South 24-Parganas. Siddiqui has additionally campaigned aggressively on the 23 different seats which might be being contested by the ISF’s alliance companions, the Left and the Congress.
Cautious of the opportunity of a division in Muslim votes, CM Banerjee has appealed to Muslim voters to completely again the TMC, and never Siddiqui, whom she accuses of being propped up by the BJP.
In the meantime, Amit Malviya, the BJP coincharge of Bengal, has stated Muslims might nicely vote for the ISF as an alternative of the TMC after seeing what had occurred in Nandigram, the place he claimed the CM will lose in opposition to her lieutenant-turned-rival, Suvendu Adhikari. Siddiqui has been much more vocal in opposition to the TMC than he has been in opposition to the BJP. In an interview to News18 final week, he blamed the TMC for paving the best way for the BJP’s entry into Bengal. “ISF and its alliance with Left and Congress will harm TMC’s chances on many seats and help us, in the same way as AIMIM (Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) harmed RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal)’s chances in Bihar elections (last year),” a BJP chief stated.
STAR LEADERS, KEY CHALLENGE
All eyes are on TMC chief and the CM’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, in Section 3 and Section 4 of the eight-round elections. Sixteen seats in South 24-Parganas are going to polls in Section 3, and 11 seats will vote within the subsequent section. Abhishek’s Lok Sabha constituency, Diamond Harbour, is on this district.
Abhishek has extensively campaigned in South 24-Parganas, holding 14 rallies and highway exhibits right here. The BJP is, nonetheless, hoping that Abhishek’s controversial picture, alleged high-handedness of native TMC employees, the problem of lower cash (fee), and alleged mishandling of Amphan reduction would assist the BJP in South 24-Parganas.
Within the BJP camp, Lok Sabha MP Locket Chatterjee has taken up the accountability of delivering among the eight seats in Hooghly district going to polls on Tuesday; the BJP led two of those meeting segments within the 2019 nationwide polls. Chatterjee is herself contesting an meeting seat that can vote within the subsequent section. One other vital seat in Hooghly voting on Tuesday is Tarakeshwar, the place former Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta is up in opposition to the TMC’s native face, Ramendu Singha Roy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held a rally in Hooghly, and it’s anticipated to spice up to Dasgupta’s probabilities. Equally, the BJP is banking on former TMC minister and now a BJP candidate, Rajib Banerjee, to shore up the get together’s probabilities in Howrah district, the place two years in the past it didn’t get any lead in any of the seven seats voting on Tuesday.
Modi will maintain rallies in Howrah and Cooch Behar on Tuesday for seats in Section 4, whilst polling takes place for the 31 Section 3 seats.