Mamta attempts to bring house in order as rebels take centre stage

BJP kicks off the election campaign with JP Nadda on Mamta Banerjee’s turf

Bhartiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda is set to kick off his party’s West Bengal campaign from the Bhabanipur assembly constituency in Kolkata, represented by Trinamool Congress Party chief and chief minister Mamta Banerjee. BJP President JP Nadda will visit the slum area of Bhabanipur on Wednesday to point out the lack of development in the slum area and expose the faults lines in development work initiated by the Mamta Banerjee’s led Trinamool Congress Party.

BJP President JP Nadda is on a 120-day national tour and is looking for the land where the Bhartiya Janata Party can capitalise on for the Lok Sabha elections, JP Nadda will spend 2 days in the state that is set for enthralling assembly elections in 2021. “JP Nadda will visit many homes in the constituency to understand the problems of the people and later brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Said Locket Chatterjee.

The Importance of Bhabanipur constituency to Bhartiya Janata Party

Bhartiya Janata Party is assured that it can defeat the chief minister Mamta Banerjee due to the population of the constituency. The assembly seat has around 2 lakh voters, almost sixty percent of people belong to the Sikh, Gujrati, and Marwari communities. The Bhartiya Janata Party is banking its eyes on these communities.

In the 2016 Bengal assembly elections, the BJP’s candidate was Chandra Kumar Bose the grand nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose while the congress candidate was Deepa Dasmunsi, the wife of a party veteran, the late Priya Rajan Dasmunsi.

However, Mamta Banerjee won easily with a margin of 55000 votes. Mamta Banerjee first won from the Bhabanipur in a bypolls in 2011 where her trusted aid lieutenant Subrata Bakshi vacated the seat for her. She had won by 54,000 votes then.

In the 2019 Lok sabha elections, However, the Bhartiya Janata Party, which had fielded Chandra Kumar Bose again in the assembly elections, finished second in the south Kolkata parliamentary constituency but secured votes around 4,71,000 votes.

“We got a sizeable vote in both Parliamentary elections and we are on the verge of ensuring that Mamata is at risk in her safe seat,” Locket Chatterjee said. “You can see how we are fighting the Bengal election when the party president is initiating the campaign from the chief minister’s constituency.”

BJP South Kolkata district president Shankar Sikdar said people in the state are looking for a change. “Earlier the situation was different,” he said. “Mamata was invincible but now things have changed. People want change in the state and want to give the BJP a chance. Mamata fears this and there is talk of her fighting from two seats.”

Bhartiya Janata Party has decided to deploy all of its 18 MPs in West Bengal in door-to-door campaigning in the coming days. BJP has instructed their workers to highlight to people that the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government has not implemented the Modi government’s flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and Kisan Samman Nidhi, under which farmers get Rs 6,000 annually.

With BJP President JP Nadda launching the election campaign for the assembly elections, Bhartiya Janata Party has sent a strong message to its oppositions that BJP will not leave any stone unturned to turn west Bengal saffron.