NEW DELHI: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, senior Congress chief and answerable for the meeting election marketing campaign in West Bengal, has mentioned that the central management of his occasion wants to noticeably introspect over its latest whitewash within the TMC-ruled state.
Reflecting on the Congress occasion’s humiliating defeat within the state meeting election 2021 in West Bengal and different states, Chowdhury mentioned that Congress must hit the streets and are available out of Twitter and Fb.
Chowdhury, who’s the chief of the Congress within the Lok Sabha, mentioned this whereas talking to a number one information publication. Chowdhury, who had as soon as opposed reforms within the occasion advocated by the Group of 23, has now known as for a ”change within the occasion’s functioning.”
Explaining causes for his occasion’s loss in West Bengal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mentioned that “the ladies in Bengal sided with Mamata and the Muslims, fearing a repeat of Uttar Pradesh in Bengal, voted in favour of Mamata.”
The veteran chief regrated that his occasion failed to supply a concrete proposal, plan or imaginative and prescient to the voters of Bengal. He added that the Left-Congress mix may make issues higher. The Left took the initiative of forging the alliance with the ISF. The widespread Left staff took nice offence to this.
He additionally cited the shortage of assist from the central management throughout electioneering in West Bengal. “After two rallies, Rahul Gandhiji stopped coming to West Bengal due to the COVID-19 state of affairs. It additionally demoralised our staff and gave a deal with to the ruling regime to humiliate us,” Chowdhury mentioned.
He, nonetheless, mentioned that he was able to give up because the Chief of Congress if the AICC management decides so saying, “I’m prepared, they’re at liberty to do it.”
The Trinamool Congress and the BJP could have fought bitterly in opposition to one another within the West Bengal meeting election, however they collectively did one factor, although unwittingly. The 2 events have whitewashed a typical rival, the Congress, from its long-time strongholds of Murshidabad and Malda districts.
The Congress, which had held its sway in these two Muslim majority districts throughout the Left Entrance rule of 34 years and the next 10 years of the TMCs reign since 2011, has not been in a position to open its account on this election.
Murshidabad is taken into account the pocket borough of state occasion president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, whereas Malda was at one level of time synonymous with late Congress stalwart ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury.
Of the entire 32 constituencies in Murshidabad and Malda districts that went to polls, the TMC emerged victorious in 26 whereas the saffron occasion bagged the remaining six. Elections to 2 seats in Murshidabad have been countermanded owing to the loss of life of candidates. Within the 2016 elections, the Congress had gained 14 of the 20 seats in Murshidabad and 7 out of 12 meeting constituencies in Malda.
Its ally on this election, as in 2016, the CPI(M) had bagged 4 seats in Murshidabad and one in Malda. The Congress and the Left occasion drew a clean in your complete state, not simply the 2 districts, in 2021.
The TMC, which has made all efforts to edge out the father or mother occasion in earlier elections however didn’t make a lot of an affect, has lastly made it and the grand outdated occasion was whitewashed.
TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who held various rallies in Murshidabad and Malda districts, careworn primarily on her anti-CAA stance, the Sitalkuchi firing incident by central pressure through which 4 individuals had been killed throughout polling on April 10 and welfare schemes of her dispensation, aside from the ‘outsider’ concern in opposition to the BJP leaders.
The BJP had additionally made a pitch for successful the hearts of the voters within the districts promising jobs, training and higher street connectivity. Banerjee pitching exhausting on the Sitalkuchi firing incident and the BJP’s pro-CAA stance may need led a big part of voters to shift their allegiance to the TMC from the Congress or the Left events.
The unavailability of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, additionally the chief of the Congress occasion in Lok Sabha, on being examined optimistic for Covid-19 earlier than and throughout the election in Murshidabad district, which had been held within the seventh and eighth phases on April 26 and 29, could have contributed to the massive loss that the Congress suffered.
Within the district, the TMC gained 18 seats and the BJP two constituencies – Baharampur and Murshidabad – each having a very good share of city inhabitants. The saffron occasion, which has pushed the Hindutva agenda as a part of its marketing campaign in West Bengal, emerged runner-up in 10 constituencies. The Congress has been pushed to the third place in 11 seats the place it had gained in 2016.
Malda district within the southern tip of North Bengal additionally turned the Congress away, with eight of the 12 seats going to the TMC and the remaining to the BJP. On this district additionally, Congress was relegated to the third place in a number of constituencies.
Such was the wave in favour of the TMC that outgoing MLA Isha Khan Chowdhury, a member of the family of ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury misplaced the Sujapur seat by greater than 1.30 lakh votes.
(With Company Inputs)