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Decline in left front’s vote share benefits BJP

The BJP perhaps fought its toughest and most aggressive fight in Bengal with hundreds of saffron organisations getting active on the ground.

, ET Bureau|
May 24, 2019, 07.11 AM IST
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Most of the names in BJP’s candidates list were almost unheard of in Bengal politics.
KOLKATA: Of the several key factors that scripted the historical gain for the BJP in West Bengal, the most significant one appears to be the overwhelming shift of the Left Front’s vote share to the saffron party. Compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Left’s vote share of 29% dwindled to about 7% this time. The BJP, which had around 17% votes in 2014, secured around 41% this time –– almost close to Trinamool Congress’ 43%.

The BJP perhaps fought its toughest and most aggressive fight in Bengal with hundreds of saffron organisations getting active on the ground. The Sangh Parivar, including the RSS and VHP, played a key role in getting the confidence of rural Bengal voters–– winning seven of the eight seats in North Bengal and wresting all the five seats of Jungle Mahal tribal belt.

Most of the names in BJP’s candidates list were almost unheard of in Bengal politics. Almost 12 of the total 42 candidates were defectors from the Trinamool, Congress and CPM, who brought their respective support bases with them. The myth that BJP is an urban-oriented party in Bengal was demolished as it has clearly gained in predominantly rural segments. The factional feud in the Trinamool, the family politics along with the alleged corruption against the leader’s family, worked to BJP’s advantage.
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