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In Centre vs TMC War, Coronavirus Becomes New Battleground as Parties Gear Up for 2021 Poll Clash

Kolkata: As race heats up for West Bengal meeting elections, the conflict between the Mamata Banerjee-led authorities and the BJP-ruled Centre is getting murkier. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has added as much as the duel. While TMC maintains that the central authorities is doing politics over Covid-19, New Delhi has accused Bengal of hindering work undertaken by it to keep away from unfold of the virus.

On April 29, Banerjee accused the BJP of enjoying politics over novel coronavirus outbreak by highlighting a number of incidents of legislation and order and requested the BJP why, regardless of much less variety of virus instances, Centre had ‘first’ determined to ship IMCT groups to West Bengal and never Gujarat and different BJP-ruled states.

She additionally questioned why the BJP leaders have been mum over defective testing kits, incidents of riots in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi over coronavirus and through CAA protests.

“It’s not election time. Do politics later. In this time of pandemic, it is unfortunate that BJP is doing politics. I would like to tell them to be ‘social’ and not ‘unsocial’. Let’s fight this pandemic together,” Mamata had mentioned.

TMC additionally expressed concern over the function of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and even alleged Raj Bhavan has develop into a BJP occasion workplace.

On the opposite hand, the BJP leaders waged a social media struggle towards the Bengal authorities by accusing the state of hiding Covid-19 figures and likewise complaining the Centre that TMC-led authorities in Bengal has utterly failed in dealing with the coronavirus disaster. They additionally highlighted the alleged ration rip-off throughout this ongoing lockdown by means of digital press conferences and requested the governor to intervene in to the matter.

Last however not the least, the standoff between the BJP and TMC was adopted by infinite letters coupled with collection of communiqué from the IMCT, Union Home Secretary and the governor, accusing the state of ‘poor supervision of administration’ on this state of affairs of worldwide pandemic.

The state of affairs turned bitter when Mamata, whereas terming the governor’s communiqué as ‘letter missiles’ accused him of attempting to ‘usurp powers’ amid the coronavirus disaster, and requested him to desist from utilizing official communications and logos on social media.

“I beseech you to desist from intensifying your efforts to usurp powers, especially during the humongous crisis which the nation and West Bengal is grappling with. Please do not dream of a ‘Dyarchy’ in the state,” the chief minister had mentioned.

Speaking to News18, Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy mentioned, “It is beyond any doubt that the BJP is playing politics using various constitutional forces. With less than a year left for the assembly poll preparedness in Bengal and keeping in mind that BJP is on the back foot over citizenship issue, they are using Covid-19 as their political weapon in Bengal to make political ground. This is highly condemnable.”

“It is a concerted assault on the West Bengal government by the BJP government at the Centre. I would like to question them, why the IMCT teams were first sent to opposition-ruled states and not to Gujarat. People of India are not fool to understand why the Centre has decided to send IMCT to Bengal ‘first’ despite having less number of Covid-19 cases as compared to other states,” he mentioned.

“In their very first attempt they exposed themselves. Now, it is beyond any doubt that Centre is doing politics here in Bengal since the state election is near. It is crystal clear now. BJP leaders started making baseless allegations which was supported by the governor through his tweets and all of a sudden IMCT came without any health experts. The governor has gone berserk. He is not speaking on his own. His voice is ‘His Master’s Voice’. The state government was informed too late about their plan and they moved on their own with the help of BSF. Can someone explain us what does it mean? Also, we got faulty kits and BJP blaming us for low testing. Why the BJP is mum on these issues?” he added.

Roy mentioned, “The central government is suffering from acute policy paralysis. The first death in China was reported on December 31 and the government was sleeping. There were no precautionary measures from the central government in the month of January and February. They were sleeping and all of a sudden Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a lockdown. Same he did at the time of demonitisation to get the maximum prime time coverage. He could have planned it perfectly and should have given some time to the people to return to their homes. We asked to close Parliament but PM Modi said we are behaving like school children and asking for leave.”

“Do you have any doubts that the nationwide lockdown was delayed only to topple the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh? A close look in their stands clearly shows that behind every step, there is politics in the name of pandemic,” he added.

Political consultants Kapil Thakur feels that BJP is attempting to regain its misplaced floor in Bengal, particularly after TMC managed to retain all of the municipalities and panchayats which have been captured by the BJP.

“Not the least, the by-polls which were held in last November was a major setback for the BJP after they lost all three Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur seats to TMC. The citizenship issue went against them and now there is no doubt that BJP is eyeing at 2021 state polls and the recent standoffs between the BJP and TMC in Bengal over Covid-19 is linked to those lost grounds. After facing setback over citizenship issues, BJP sees this pandemic as a good ground to corner TMC politically in Bengal,” he mentioned.

He, nonetheless, careworn that the state authorities ought to have acted in additional clear method in coping with the disaster. In a significant increase for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) within the state, the occasion bagged all of the three Assembly seats the place bypolls have been held on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC received the Kaliaganj,

Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur bypolls. The BJP emerged within the second place in all of the three seats.

The ballot end result proved vital for each the TMC and the BJP contemplating the upcoming 2021 Assembly polls within the state. Then, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar, who misplaced to the TMC’s Tapan Deb Singha in Kaliaganj, had attributed the loss to the “people’s fear” across the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj seats have been a battle of status for the BJP as the 2 seats are identified to be its strongholds. The TMC received the Kaliaganj seat for the primary time.

Kaliaganj meeting constituency is part of Raiganj Lok Sabha seat, which was received by the BJP’s Debasree Chaudhuri within the Lok Sabha elections earlier this 12 months.

Chaudhuri received the seat with a margin of 60,574 votes, with the BJP’s vote share growing by 21.76% as in comparison with Congress candidate Kanai Lal Agarwal who secured 4,51,078 votes. CPI(M) candidate Md Salim, sitting MP from Raiganj, got here in third.

In the 2016 meeting elections, Congress candidate Pramatha Nath Ray received the Kaliaganj seat by defeating TMC’s Basatna Roy. Although the BJP was nowhere within the constituency, it carried out nicely within the final Lok Sabha elections in Raigunj, with Chaudhuri changing into an MP.

Similarly, the Kharagpur meeting constituency is a part of Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency from the place state BJP president Dilip Ghosh received the final Lok Sabha polls. Ghosh had secured 6,85,433 votes as in comparison with 5,96,481 secured by TMC’s Manas Bhunia. The most vital issue was Ghosh’s elevated vote share, which rose by 34.36%, whereas the TMC vote proportion decreased by 4.19%.

According to the TMC’s inside evaluation, greater than 2,000 sturdy leaders, who even have the aptitude to show the tables, have come again to the Trinamool within the final one 12 months. Most of them are sales space leaders, having an ideal join on the grassroot-level.

Senior BJP leaders like Kailash Vijayavargiya, Amit Malviya, Rahul Sinha and Dilip Ghosh at all times confirmed confidence that they’re going to kind the subsequent authorities in Bengal and nonetheless leaving no stone unturned to assault the state authorities over dealing with the Covid-19 state of affairs.

“I would like to urge the West Bengal government to take action against the culprits of ration scam or else there will be severe consequences,” BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha mentioned.

Other BJP leaders Kailash Vijayavargiya and Amit Malviya hit out at Mamata Banerjee for failing to keep up transparency in Covid-19 figures with letter and tweets.

In the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP’s vote share was 10.2 per cent and in 2019 Lok Sabha it went as much as 40.three per cent. There was a rise of 30.1 per cent vote share primarily due to Hindus coalescing in the direction of the BJP.

In the final three years, the BJP has managed to domesticate religion-driven politics in Bengal and it was evident with its vital rise in Bengal when it comes to its vote share.

A detailed evaluation says that from 2011 Assembly to 2016 Assembly polls, Left-Front has misplaced its vote share by 9.88 per cent, and from 2014 Lok Sabha to 2019 Lok Sabha its vote share additional plummeted to just about 16 per cent.

However, Congress’s vote share from 2011 to 2016 Assembly elections elevated from 8.91 per cent to 12.three p.c however fell drastically (9.6%) in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In the final elections held this 12 months, the occasion managed to safe solely 5 per cent votes.

To sum up with the political developments/statistics after the final panchayat and by-polls in Bengal, BJP plans to go aggressively for floor degree campaigning to strengthen the cubicles in all of the districts within the state has suffered an enormous jolt as a result of lockdown.

On the opposite facet, as soon as the state of affairs will get regular, the TMC must faucet practically 30 per cent Hindu votes, which coalesced in the direction of the BJP (primarily from Left-Front and the Congress).

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