The BJP, which has a target of winning 200 seats in West Bengal, has not been able to get success in the assembly elections. Those who know politics closely in the Bengal elections say that this has happened due to a lack of local leadership in the state and minorities voting in favor of TMC. According to analysts, the polarization of Hindu votes in the state has not been according to the BJP but the Muslim vote bank has gone completely in favor of TMC. Many senior party leaders say that BJP’s performance in Bengal cannot be ignored. He says that the party has traveled from 3 seats to 77, which matters. The party leadership, however, hoped for far greater success in Bengal.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior party leader raised the issue of lack of local leadership in gestures. He said that based on the Narrative prepared by the Central Leadership alone, a spectacular performance cannot be done in Bengal. One important reason for this is that there was no credible face-to-face Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state. Earlier, Amit Shah and BJP Chief JP Nadda, who have chalked out an election strategy and strengthened campaign in Bengal, had also said in separate talks with Hindustan Times that the party’s claim of winning more than 200 seats is not airborne.
BJP leaders said that the party won 18 seats in the 2019 general election in the state. It was claimed based on that performance only. Another party leader said, ‘There was a possibility of change on the ground. But after the fourth phase of elections, we realized that communal polarization in the state has intensified. The minority vote bank has usually gone with Congress but has gone after the TMC. ‘ The BJP leader reinforced his argument by citing the example of Malda and Murshidabad, which have a large Muslim population.
The BJP leader said that these areas have a Muslim population of over 50 percent and the results showed that this vote bank turned to TMC instead of Congress. However, the BJP also tried to bring together 30 percent of the SC and ST population as its cut. It was believed that the same strategy was the reason for BJP’s bumper victory in 2019. Even though BJP got support from this society, it could not get support in that way among other communities.