Mamata Banerjee at a presser at her Kalighat residence on Monday
KOLKATA: The Trinamool Congress’ spectacular win within the West Bengal polls may very well be a case research of how a celebration might stop large consolidation of Hindu votes in a state having a 30% Muslim inhabitants.
The ruling Trinamool labored on numerous caste, sub-caste and linguistic teams and in addition nursed the Bengali sub-nationalism sentiment towards BJP’s majoritarian strategy to counter-polarize Hindu votes. The BJP technique labored in pockets however couldn’t give it the push to achieve the magic quantity.
Sociologist and Presidency University’s former head of sociology and political science departments Prasanta Roy stated not all Hindus might match into one lot, a lot as BJP may need strategized. “There is a degree of Hinduness in each one of us. A section of them is rational and calculative. Not all are Hindus at all costs. They saw everything and took an informed decision,” he stated.
Roy pointed to the truth that even CM Mamata Banerjee ensured she recited slokas at her conferences and visited temples in Nandigram. “Perhaps she knew that she needed to reach a certain section of voters to ensure they did not vote against her. Even Indira Gandhi had visited Belur Math on her visits here. It is not new as a trend but certainly new for the chief minister, whose rise till now has been largely secular,” he stated.
Contrary to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when BJP took away the bulk of SC/ST votes, Trinamool this time gained 36 SC seats and BJP 32. Trinamool additionally had an edge over BJP in seats reserved for STs, profitable 9 such seats towards the latter’s seven. The BJP misplaced Hemtabad seat having a considerable Rajbanshi presence, however picked up many seats in Adivasi-dominated Jhargram and West Midnapore.
Yet, there are cases of blatant polarization on spiritual traces. Two seats in Murshidabad are examples. Trinamool’s Idris Ali gained Bhagabangola seat that has an enormous Muslim presence by a margin of 1,06,008 votes. BJP’s Subrata Maitra gained Hindu-dominated Behrampore seat, defeating three-time Congress MLA Manoj Chakraborty and Trinamool’s Naru Gopal Mukherjee.
Polarisation additionally labored in BJP’s favour in Ranaghat of Nadia and Bongaon subdivision of North 24 Parganas however wasn’t sturdy sufficient in different components of Bengal.
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, an skilled in social and political historical past of South Asia and director of New Zealand India Research Institute, stated Trinamool managed to juxtapose model Mamata towards BJP’s time-examined pan-India Hindu consolidation. “Mamata Banerjee, despite all her mistakes, is still an identifiable brand, one that is very Bengali in nature. Ordinary citizens feel comforted to be associated with her,” he stated.
It was a matter of Bengalis’ self-respect or “asmita”,’ stated Trinamool MP and key strategist Saugata Roy. “We pitched it as a fight between outsiders and Bengal’s own daughter. After all, all the people that BJP brought in were from outside and this touched a chord with the people. They weren’t going to vote for outsiders,” he added.
Former CEO of Prasar Bharati and political commentator Jawhar Sircar felt the TMC performed to its character. “The TMC simply projected itself as an aggressive party that alone could combat BJP’s aggressive politics. If 75 per cent of 27% of Muslim votes went largely (not all) to TMC, then also it may account for 20% of total votes — or even less. The remaining 28% of total votes that TMC got was almost totally from Hindus, while the 38% that BJP got was all Hindu votes,” argued Sircar.