Rakesh Tikait and Medha Patkar held rallies in Nandigram, Singur and Kolkata urging individuals to not vote for the BJP.
In the center of the election campaign in West Bengal when high Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders had been making every day visits to the State, farmer leaders protesting in Delhi too got here calling. The leaders of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha led by Rakesh Tikait and social activist Medha Patkar camped within the State for two days. The leaders held rallies in Nandigram, Singur and Kolkata urging individuals to not vote for the BJP. Their campaign was ‘no vote for BJP’ and each Mr. Tikait and Ms. Patkar dissuaded individuals from voting for the BJP.
In one other improvement, outstanding names of Bengal’s tv and movie trade got here up with a six-minute video track titled ‘Nijerder Mate, Nijeder Gaan’ with a message to the voters emphasising on range and co-existence within the State.
Almost 48 hours after the outcomes of West Bengal Assembly polls had been declared, the State BJP management believes that the approaching collectively of all anti-BJP vote is accountable for the decision.
The Trinamool Congress registered an all-time excessive voting share for the reason that formation of the social gathering by recording 47.9 % votes. The BJP recorded 38.1 % votes, 9.8 % much less votes than the State’s ruling social gathering.
“What was left of the Left parties and the Congress went to the Trinamool Congress to stop the BJP. Compared to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Left and the Congress vote share dropped by another 5% which went to the TMC and that has made all the difference,” a high State BJP chief informed The Hindu.
‘Left, Cong. irrelevant’
The BJP chief stated the Left and the Congress have made themselves irrelevant in electoral politics however the switch of votes of their supporters helped the Trinamool Congress to a massive win.
Political analyst Biswanath Chakraborty stated whereas there might be a number of components, the “no vote to BJP” campaign by a part of Left supporters and civil society foiled the possibilities of the saffron social gathering. “The State’s intelligentsia resisted the BJP with full force and so did the mainstream vernacular media,” he stated.
Among the opposite components, the fielding of defectors from the Trinamool Congress didn’t go down nicely with the voters. “Most of the defectors who joined the BJP from the Trinamool Congress lost. Only Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram and Mihir Goswami from Natabari won. More than 30 MLAs who had defected to the BJP were given tickets and only a few won,” Prof. Chakraborty stated.
In reality, the one most essential chief who defected from the Trinamool Congress to the BJP, former State Minister Rajib Banerjee, misplaced by a margin of over 42,000 votes from Domjur Assembly seat in Howrah. Similarly, Prabir Kumar Ghosal, MLA from Uttarpara who was flown to Delhi in a chartered flight with Mr. Banerjee after they joined the BJP, misplaced the seat by over 35,000 votes in Hooghly.
Other points equivalent to giving tickets to sitting MPs like Babul Supriyo, Locket Chatterjee and former Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta additionally didn’t go down nicely with the voters, consultants identified. The fielding of MPs seemed that the BJP didn’t have candidates to subject in 294 Assembly seats.
Centre’s pandemic administration
Elections in West Bengal had been held in eight phases, and not less than three had been held in the previous few days in April when the Centre’s mismanagement of COVID-19 disaster significantly in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat was all around the media and social media, Prof. Chakraborty stated.
“This was such an important issue voters could not ignore. In fact, the BJP did not win a single seat in the Kolkata Presidency region,” he stated. The psephologist additionally identified that in areas like Paschim Bardhaman, that are thought of to be strongholds of the BJP, there was a dip within the voting share that would have impacted the outcomes.
In all, 114 seats went to polls within the final three phases which had been held on April 22, 26 and 29 and the Trinamool Congress gained practically 79% of the seats. Of the 114 constituencies that went to polls in these phases, the TMC gained 90 seats.