Friday, June 14, 2024

Srijita Datta

Srijita Datta is a journalist and photographer based in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Explained: Takeaways from Trinamool’s list of candidates

Weeks before the upcoming election in Bengal and after an almost theatrical deluge of leaders exiting the Trinamool Congress (TMC), party chair-person Mamata Banerjee released the candidate list for 291 assembly seats on Friday. The three remaining seats in North Bengal, namely Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong constituencies have been left vacant for the Bimal Gurung faction party ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to nominate their candidates of choice.

Campaign in West Bengal urging not to vote for BJP

However, there is one other campaign doing the rounds in Bengal, most visibly on social media so far - the ‘No Vote to BJP’ campaign. But what stands out with regard to this particular campaign is that in essence it is purely a people’s campaign, and does not bear any political affiliations.
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West Bengal: How the defection from TMC to BJP affect the state polls?

At the same time, Both Kishor and Abhishek Banerjee, who invited him to work with TMC in the first place, are confident that Mamata Banerjee would successfully retain a third term. Kishor took to Twitter to claim that BJP will struggle to cross double digits in the polls, alleging that he would quit Twitter in the event that he gets proven wrong. Banerjee too had gone on record during a public meeting in South 24 Parganas district to say that his party would easily win over 250 seats, and that the BJP would fail to do so.