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Bengal election results 2021: Overbearing presence of BJP national brass didn’t work, feel state netas | Kolkata News – Times of India

State BJP leaders feel Mamata Banerjee’s “outsider” campaign did influence Bengal voters, who for the first time witnessed the “overbearing presence” of central BJP leaders in the absence of a credible Bengal face.

KOLKATA: Between February and April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah frequented Bengal 38 times — Modi 17 times, Shah 21 times — addressing gatherings once or twice a week to win a state that is the birthplace of the BJP’s guiding light, Syama Prasad Mukherjee.
It didn’t work. Instead, state-level leaders conceded on Sunday that the frequent visits and repeated assertions that BJP would win 200+ seats in Bengal typified a brand of “aggression” that did not go down too well with the voters.
The BJP’s target was to consolidate its support base in north Bengal and gain new ground in south Bengal, particularly in Hooghly, Howrah, East and West Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, and North 24 Parganas.
The party did consolidate its base in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri of north Bengal, but failed to gain much ground in south Bengal.
While BJP emerged as the major Opposition in the state, its vote share dipped to 38.6% from 40.6% in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections even as Trinamool Congress’s increased to 48% from 43.7% in the 2019 LS polls.
State BJP leaders feel Mamata Banerjee’s “outsider” campaign did influence Bengal voters, who for the first time witnessed the “overbearing presence” of central BJP leaders in the absence of a credible Bengal face.
In fact, none of the Bengal leaders figured among the “star campaigners” who flew down to the state for a couple of hours every day to fill the vacuum.
BJP national general secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya credited Mamata Banerjee for her party’s “astounding performance” and said the BJP would have to introspect.
“Trinamool won because of Mamata Banerjee. It seems people have chosen Didi. We will introspect what went wrong, whether it was organisational issues, lack of a face or the insider-outsider debate,” Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
A Bengal BJP office-bearer admitted that state leaders “were not taken into confidence” while fine-tuning the election strategy. For instance, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s promise to set up “anti-Romeo squads” in Bengal in a bid to polarise voters proved “counter-productive”.
“There was consolidation of Muslim votes in favour of Trinamool, but the majority Hindu community didn’t vote on religious lines except in pockets,” a BJP organiser said.
The other important factor that state BJP leaders want to examine is the impact of “throwing open the doors” to tainted leaders from other parties.
“It might have created confusion down the ranks. Even voters began to feel that BJP was no longer a party with a difference. Dissent over candidature, particularly in pockets of Hooghly and East Burdwan, might have cast a shadow on the party’s prospects,” a party leader said. Interestingly, defection to BJP from other parties was the least in north Bengal, where the saffron party consolidated its gains.
Besides, the BJP possibly failed to strike a chord among women, who are among the biggest beneficiaries of the Trinamool Congress government’s welfare schemes.
While the saffron camp showcased central projects like Ayushman Bharat and Kisan Samman Nidhi, the state’s Swasthya Sathi and Duare Sarkar remained bigger hits.

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