By D N Singh
The fierce wordy battle between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal reveal a new parlance of electoral politics.
As the time of the polls draw closer, the political narratives have started becoming deceptive, collusive and at times amateurish.
People of West Bengal having been deeply rooted in a culture of intellect and pride, at times, air a feeling of doubt about the style of the politicians who try to lull them into the realization that, believe what they say.
According to political observers in WB, it is very tricky situation and a lot depends on how the warring sides handle it.
BJP In Mind Not In Heart!
” If we go down towns it is clear that BJP is in some people’s mind, but has not got into the hearts of common men” feels Arindam Chakroborty, senior journalist and political analyst.
“Mamata had sensed the threat much earlier and taken some guards”, says
Chakroborty and adds ” her teams, police, administration and some good work can well go in favour of TMC, and it is organised and it orchestrates perfect harmony “
It is a battle between the BJP and the TMC but, the former has shown the eagerness to repeat the Bihar outcome there and demolish the TMC citadel and add to the scoreboard. It may be recalled that, even before the final scenario in Bihar got clear, union Home minister Amit Shah dug his heels there at WB.
Shah’s vitriol were noticeably the products of preplanned strategy to hammer the anvil when iron was hot.
The exercise did work raising heckles in the TMC camp and the chief minister Mamata Banerjee became extremely reactive and tried her best to counter Shah’s claims with her known style.
Then after it was the visit of the BJP president, J P Nadda, which led to trading of charges between BJP and the TMC . Situations somewhere spiraled out of the ambits of politics when the motorcade of Nadda was attacked, allegedly by the TMC cadre.
Notwithstanding the veracity of the allegations, but the very incident bared the most embarrassing side of politics regardless of the fact that, who were behind it.
Will ‘Sriram’ Factor Pay
However, one thing appears clear that, the BJP tries to sail through the troubled waters in WB riding on the crest of a popular slogan which alludes religiosity in a way.
One could hardly imagine that on the day of Netaji’s birth anniversary in Kolkata, an occasion which transcends any realm of politics, slogan of Jay Sriram rants the air!
” Such factors can have adverse impact on the image of the saffron squads who do not realise that, people of Bengal can give a hoot to anything but Netaji, their cultural pride ” quips Chakroborty
But of late some faction fights within the TMC have come to the fore but it appears that Mamata is trying hard to bridge the thought gaps.
Can Owassi Be A Game Changer?
” But situation can alter if the Assauddin Owassi/ Siddiques combine can dent the minority vote bank that Didi tries to safeguard as far possible ” feels Chakroborty and he also foresees some road blocks for Mamata from the factors like, Ponzi scam/ Sarada/ Narada/ cut money / commission plus cow smuggling and scams over sand stone mining etc.
BJP, as well, can take the advantage of the anti-incumbency factor coupled with charges of ‘ dadagiri ‘ and local level nepotism.
All said and done ” it is still a fifty – fifty situation but one can hope Mamata may sail through a narrow margin” quipped Arindam.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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