West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee seems to be extremely worried with the outcome of Lok Sabha elections with the BJP’s stunning growth in the state. While her strength in the Lok Sabha as fallen from 34 seats to 22 seats, BJP’s strength went to 18 seats from 2 seats, it had won last time.
Moreover, she is particularly worry as BJP’s votes are intraslated they indicates BJP’s hold over 129 assembly constituencies in the 294-seat Bengal assembly, while TMC’s hold pushed to 150 seats. In other words, the BJP is just 19 short of the halfway mark of 148.
Further, the BJP vote share jumped to 40.25% from just 17.02% in 2014, which translates into support of 2.17 crore people—just 17 lakh less than the Trinamool, which will struggle to hold on to its slender 3% vote share advantage.
Former close associate of Mamata and presently key BJP leader in the state Mukul Roy declared that “Bengal’s ruling party would be a thing of the past soon”—hinting at massive defections of leaders and cadre.
“Wait and watch. Trinamool will not exist in a few months. I joined the BJP to ruin Mamata’s party,” he asserted. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself declared at an election rally in the state that as many as 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him and ready to join BJP. BJP sources are confirming that a number of Trinamool MLAs have already started contacting them.
Roy’s son Subhrangshu, a Trinamool MLA from Bijpur, expressed his hurt over being a labelled a “traitor’s son” despite working for the party and said he is now “proud” of his father. Hours later, Trinamool suspended Subhrangshu for six years.
Meanwhile, Mamata has called her party’s LS poll candidates, both winners and losers, on Saturday to an emergency review meeting to rectify errors. All the district presidents of her party and senior leaders have also been directed to attend the meeting.
She shared a poem titled ‘I Do Not Agree’ on her Twitter handle targeting the BJP. She wrote, “The colour of communalim I do not believe in, There is aggression and tolerance in every religion. I am a humble servant of the gentle Renaissance raised in Bengal. I don’t believe in selling religious aggression, I believe in a religion that draws light from humanism. Those who expediently use religion as a trump card and reside on mountains of riches.”