KOLKATA: The Trinamool Congress’ spectacular win within the West Bengal polls might be a case examine of how a celebration may forestall huge consolidation of Hindu votes in a state having a 30% Muslim inhabitants.
The ruling Trinamool labored on numerous caste, sub-caste and linguistic teams and in addition nursed the Bengali sub-nationalism sentiment in opposition to BJP’s majoritarian strategy to counter-polarize Hindu votes. The BJP technique labored in pockets however couldn’t give it the push to achieve the magic quantity.
Sociologist and Presidency College’s former head of sociology and political science departments Prasanta Roy mentioned not all Hindus may match into one lot, a lot as BJP may need strategized. “There’s a diploma of Hinduness in every one in every of us. A piece of them is rational and calculative. Not all are Hindus in any respect prices. They noticed all the things and took an knowledgeable resolution,” he mentioned.
Roy pointed to the truth that even CM Mamata Banerjee ensured she recited slokas at her conferences and visited temples in Nandigram. “Maybe she knew that she wanted to achieve a sure part of voters to make sure they didn’t vote in opposition to her. Even Indira Gandhi had visited Belur Math on her visits right here. It isn’t new as a development however definitely new for the chief minister, whose rise until now has been largely secular,” he mentioned.
Opposite to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when BJP took away the vast majority of SC/ST votes, Trinamool this time gained 36 SC seats and BJP 32. Trinamool additionally had an edge over BJP in seats reserved for STs, profitable 9 such seats in opposition to the latter’s seven. The BJP misplaced Hemtabad seat having a considerable Rajbanshi presence, however picked up many seats in Adivasi-dominated Jhargram and West Midnapore.
But, there are cases of blatant polarization on spiritual strains. Two seats in Murshidabad are examples. Trinamool’s Idris Ali gained Bhagabangola seat that has an enormous Muslim presence by a margin of 1,06,008 votes. BJP’s Subrata Maitra gained Hindu-dominated Behrampore seat, defeating three-time Congress MLA Manoj Chakraborty and Trinamool’s Naru Gopal Mukherjee.
Polarisation additionally labored in BJP’s favour in Ranaghat of Nadia and Bongaon subdivision of North 24 Parganas however wasn’t robust sufficient in different elements of Bengal.
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, an skilled in social and political historical past of South Asia and director of New Zealand India Analysis Institute, mentioned Trinamool managed to juxtapose model Mamata in opposition to BJP’s time-tested pan-India Hindu consolidation. “Mamata Banerjee, regardless of all her errors, remains to be an identifiable model, one which could be very Bengali in nature. Unusual residents really feel comforted to be related together with her,” he mentioned.
It was a matter of Bengalis’ self-respect or “asmita”,’ mentioned Trinamool MP and key strategist Saugata Roy. “We pitched it as a struggle between outsiders and Bengal’s personal daughter. In spite of everything, all of the people who BJP introduced in had been from outdoors and this touched a chord with the individuals. They weren’t going to vote for outsiders,” he added.
Former CEO of Prasar Bharati and political commentator Jawhar Sircar felt the TMC performed to its character. “The TMC merely projected itself as an aggressive celebration that alone may fight BJP’s aggressive politics. If 75 per cent of 27% of Muslim votes went largely (not all) to TMC, then additionally it could account for 20% of whole votes — and even much less. The remaining 28% of whole votes that TMC obtained was virtually completely from Hindus, whereas the 38% that BJP obtained was all Hindu votes,” argued Sircar.