Tag: West Bengal politics

Now Mamata Banerjee turns to Prashant Kishor to win Assembly polls in 2021

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Prashant Kishor and Mamata Banerjee (credit: Zee News and Wikimedia Commons)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has sought the help of political strategist Prashant Kishor to win 2021 Assembly polls in the state. She reportedly signed up for an ‘election-winning package’ with the political strategist on Thursday amid fears of ceding ground to the BJP in the state.

The move comes after the BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the recently concluded general elections. Mamata Banerjee’s TMC could win only 22 seats as against 34 won in 2014. The BJP has emerged the main challenger to the ruling party, and it is predicted to grow further in the state, much to Ms Banerjee’s chagrin.

Prashant Kishor worked with aspirant Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. He was also credited for the JDU-RJD alliance win in the Bihar assembly elections in 2015. Later, he joined the JDU and has become its Vice President.

Recently, Prashant Kishor strategized for Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress, which swept both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls last month. However, his strategy for the Congress-SP combine in the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh failed to do the magic as the alliance showed up with just 54 seats in the 403-seat assembly, while the BJP captured power with 325 seats.

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Mystery deepens over vandalism of Vidyasagar statue after TMC swept 7th phase polling

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Days before the 7th phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections, an outrageous incident occurred in Kolkata. A bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar, a Bengali icon, being a social reformer and educationist from the 19th century, was smashed to pieces following violent clashes between “students” and BJP during a mammoth road show of BJP president Amit Shah.

While TMC held the BJP workers responsible for the incident, the BJP accused TMC men in the garb of students of destroying the statue to gain sympathy votes.

“These attacks and the humiliation of my state will not go unpunished. I am keeping a track of everything. I will take revenge for everything inch by inch”, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is reported as saying

Interestingly, the BJP could not win any of the 9 seats that went to polling in the 7th phase, as Mamata Banerjee’s TMC bagged all of them. This is in fact in contrast to the earlier phase results, in which the BJP won 18 seats against TMC’s 13, according to this India Today reports.

Clearly, destruction of the Vidyasagar statue turned out to be a boon for the TMC. Mamata Banerjee’s government has constituted a panel to probe the vandalism. Will the truth really come out?