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7 May, 2021 06:39:37 PM

West Bengal elections: Who actually won, who lost?

We must not forget that this election should be just another observation for our country which, apart from the Teesta-centric observation, could be an issue for thought in strengthening a balanced and lasting relationship with India and West Bengal.
Md. Tareq Hasan
West Bengal elections: Who actually won, who lost?

The West Bengal elections have finally brought down all speculations and undermined the BJP's position in Indian politics. With this victory for the third time in a row, the Trinamool Congress was able to form a state government in the history of West Bengal. Despite losing her seat in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee is set to be sworn in as West Bengal Chief Minister for the third time.
The Trinamool Congress has already won 277 seats, disproving all pre-poll calculations and polls, and thumbing back to the booth return polls in the immediate aftermath of the polls. On the other hand, the BJP's number of seats has come to a standstill at 77. The BJP could not reach 100 seats despite using full force with the desire to win the state. The number of seats has increased but the BJP has not been able to meet most of the expectations.
Naturally, the choice of West Bengal is much more important for us as a neighbouring country. In that case, many reactions have been seen in our country. However, we must not forget that this election should be just another observation for our country, apart from the Teesta-centric observation, which could be an issue for thought in strengthening a balanced and lasting relationship with India and West Bengal.
It goes without saying that our increased thinking, enthusiasm and aspirations about the West Bengal elections are not very unusual. It is more important to understand the politics and behaviour of the neighbours than to be obsessed with the stories of Turkey's Erdogan, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and the Saudi monarchs. Because it directly and indirectly involves many issues related to the interests of our country. So it is not a matter of shame to talk about it and shake one's head.
Teesta water has not been discussed less before. The interests of India and West Bengal as a state are deeply involved in the release of Teesta water. Establishing a fair share and debt of a particular country in the international river has not been possible for many countries for many years. Needless to say, just as we have long been at loggerheads with the Indian government over river water, India, despite being a mighty country and regional superpower, is facing the same problem with Nepal as its upstream country. That country, India, is again in trouble with us as a downstream country. On the other hand, downstream China, known as the upstream country, is suddenly torturing India with a plan to build a hydroelectric project by building a dam at the source of the Brahmaputra.
As such, it can be easily said that Mamata Banerjee has never treated Bangladesh well at all on the Teesta issue. But it is easy to understand that he is not a criminal in his own state or in his own country. However, the current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi ignored the logic and committed the crime.
He has threatened to forcibly deport Indian nationals and children born in India under the controversial and widely discussed NRC Act. The plan was implemented and the threat was made by his commander-in-chief Amit Shah. The BJP and Narendra Modi have only approved it. The BJP also wants to use religion by sacrificing all practical information to implement this decision. The way they have established unilateral domination and influence from Agartala to Bihar till Uttar Pradesh before. They arranged this plan in exactly the same way that no other political party in India has shown before.
Throughout his life, Amit Shah has changed the politics of torture, oppression and flattery of minorities. Minority means that when it comes to considering Muslims, the energy wasted by the Congress, the CPI or Vajpayee's BJP has come out of nowhere and Modi-Amit's BJP has made a completely different move. They went against the Muslims and attracted the majority Hindu votes. If you observe the BJP's goals and strategies in the elections in the neighbouring states, you can easily observe the BJP's position in the Seven Sisters by showing the poker of a Muslim-majority state called Bangladesh.
In Tripura, Biplob Kumar's BJP has exactly the same majority party that had never held a position in that state before. Sarbananda Sonwal's BJP has also come to power in Assam, where elections have just been held. The original technique was the same there. In Meghalaya, on the other hand, the fall of the Congress is almost complete. The BJP has taken a place in the PA Sangma NPP. Now they have 2 seats in the alliance. But it is noteworthy that what the BJP can actually do by bringing the majority under one umbrella by staying in the driver's seat and capitalizing on religious issues has been observed in Tripura. Meghalaya is basically a regional party that does not represent the majority Hindu. But the common people of that state are slowly beginning to believe that Hindustan will be well looked after by the Hindus, otherwise the Muslim-majority Bangladesh could cause trouble.
Everyone has observed what the BJP has done in North and West India. The implementation of the promised Ram kingdom and the violence over beef are all new phenomena that everyone has seen. Even then, the caste-suffering poor, lower caste Hindus, Dalits have also come under the larger Hindu umbrella. The BJP has gained their support by changing the rules of employment, creating new quotas, direct favour of the state to its own social events, and allocating huge sums of money to all their social events.
The BJP has been able to eradicate the Dalit and lower caste political parties in a very planned manner. Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Minister of Delhi. If the question is where is his team now? Mayawati of Uttar Pradesh or her party Bahujan Samaj Party or Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party are those or where are they today? The answer is the same and that is, but under the control of the Modi-Amit duo.
Despite the BJP's defeat in Delhi, they have gained a lot of strength. Let's talk about West Bengal. He would have often won there but at the last moment the people of Bengal used their intellect to cast their votes. The BJP has adopted exactly all the tactics it has adopted in the politics of voting. 77 seats in West Bengal means BJP has a strong base in West Bengal as well. Now they are the main opposition party in the state. The way in which the once influential Left and the Congress have dominated West Bengal politics is now being tracked down under the microscope and the BJP has ousted them and cemented the seat of the main opposition party.
The BJP may not have been strong enough to regain power, but the strategy was fairly straightforward. They have also added a face like Mithun Chakraborty, who is known as the superstar of Bengal. They did not forget to spend time and money behind the secular party of Pir Abbas of Furfura Sharif. Naturally, the BJP has been able to build a strong foundation this time. Tomorrow, none of this will be needed unless the fortunes of the people of West Bengal improve and their economic balance improves. Needless to say, the BJP's ideology will easily become ingrained in the common people of West Bengal.
Throughout India, caste, language, economy, own social problems, etc., have completely separated the political situation of one state from the political situation of another. Hindi language, cricket and Bollywood keep India afloat by capitalizing on the weakness of Indian secularism or Indian nationalism. But with these, political identity is never created in elections. Amit Shah and Modi's BJP have been able to make an infallible path in this void and their advancement is called religious majority which will earlier work as medicine in Bihar, Assam, Bengal, Kachi, Rajasthan everywhere which has already started.
The IPL was forced to be postponed for Covid-19. But the terrible and dangerous second wave was very clearly predicted before. Even then, Kumbh fairs have been held with great fanfare all over the north-western region of India. On an average, 20 lakh devotees take part in the bath every day. For the whole four days, about one crore people have taken part in the Kumbh journey. Everyone has seen what kind of hygiene and social distance has been observed in the media.
Narendra Modi did not fear the spread of the coronavirus despite seeing such a gathering of millions of people, ignoring the hygiene rules? Didn't he know about its side effects? Despite being the Prime Minister of a country, there are very few people who question his talent in politics. At least no one is willing to admit that he did not know or fear. Do you have the answer as to why he allowed this festival to take place in the grand procession despite knowing everything?
It is very clear that Mamata Banerjee's victory in the West Bengal elections does not mean that the fate of Bangladesh will change. But we have a lot to learn from Mamata Banerjee's politics and the judgment and resistance mentality of the people of West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time in a row with a landslide victory. However, the fact that Narendra Modi has not been able to achieve the expected success, but has been able to build a good position in West Bengal cannot be ignored.

The writer is a student of Rajshahi University. E-mail: meta[email protected]



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