beats dhak It hasn’t faded yet, with many idols in Durga still waiting to indulge, but with the crucial by-election ballot for four assembly seats scheduled in less than two weeks, illegal political hunting has resumed in Bengal after a brief week-long lull of festivities.
On Sunday, a few hundred BJP supporters and organizers, including BJP local secretary Sudip Karmakar, joined the Trinamool Congress in Dinhatta district of Coch Bihar district in northern Bengal. Denhatta is one of the four seats that will go to the polls October 30. It is the most prestigious of them all for the BJP as it is the home of junior Home Minister Nisith Pramanik, who is also the BJP MP Kush Bihar Lok Sabha.
Pramanik, also ran for the assembly from Denhatta and defeated TMC MLA Udayan Guha, a political heavyweight, by a narrow margin of 57 votes. A by-election was necessary after Pramanek’s resignation from the assembly to retain the membership of the Lok Sabha.
Now, TMC re-nominated Guha, while BJP fielded Ashok Mandal, who, just like Pramanik, was with TMC before joining BJP. Mandal had won by Denhatta in 2006 on the TMC tag, beating Guha who had her time with Forward Bloc.
Both Guha and Mandal carry the legacy of their parents. Ashok’s father Umesh Chandra of Denhatta won the Congressional ticket in 1951 and 1957. But in 1962, Adyan’s father, the late Kamal Guha, defeated Mandal to clinch the Forward Bloc seat. Guha won again in 1967, then held it for six consecutive terms from 1977. In 2006, Adyan lost to Ashok Mondal of Trinamool, where he competed for his father’s seat. Adyan won from his seat on a Forward Bloc ticket in 2011 and a TMC ticket in 2016.
Ashok Mondal and Udyan Guha were also long-term founders of Denhatta Municipality, with Adyan holding several terms as president.
However, apparently, Karmakar and others have left the BJP in protest of the BJP’s selection of Mandal, an apostate from the TMC, as its candidate.
“The party’s district unit chief Malati Rabha and MP Koch Bihar Neseth Pramanik announced the candidate in an undemocratic way,” Karmkar said.
But Rabha said the leaders had to withdraw from the party under pressure from the “strong arm tactics” of the TMC. Three party leaders were left under the pressure of the ruling party. The BJP is in their heart. I’m sure they will vote for us prospects.
The TMC placed special emphasis on Dinhatta because the land grab of the young home minister’s home would damage morale for BJP workers and supporters amid a series of defections in the ranks of MLAs from the BJP to the TMC. Since the results of the council elections, five BJPs withdrew from the AKP and four of them have already joined the TMC.
“Our victory is already written heavily on the walls,” said Partha Pratim Roy, former MP for the Lok Sabha Transitional Military Council from Koch Bihar.
The other seat the TMC wants to wrest from the BJP is Shantipur. BJP MP Ranagat Lok Sabha won the assembly elections but resigned soon after to retain the Lok Sabha membership. The demography of Shantipur is dominated by Hindu refugees from Bangladesh, particularly the Matwa Namasudra community, and the BJP largely managed to secure their votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha and 2021 House elections.
In the council elections, the BJP won Shantipur by 16,000 votes, but in early October, the Shantipur township unit chief Biplab Kar resigned, criticizing Sarkar.
The BJP sent Niranjan Biswas, a Swayamsevak veteran of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the BJP. He served as the General Secretary of the BJP’s Nadia Dakchin District Unit for more than six years.
TMC candidate Prayakichori Goswami is not known as a political person. A priest in a temple, also engaged in social work.
With neither camp in any mood to concede an inch to the opponent, TMC Member of Parliament Mahwa Moitra participated in a road show on the morning of October 16The night after Bijoya Doshumi, BJP’s Sovindhu Adhikari, the opposition leader in the state assembly, held a workers’ meeting the following day.
According to a BJP Bengal veteran, the retention of Dinhatta and Shantipur is of paramount importance to the party for two reasons. “If we lose, it will deal a blow to the morale of our workers across the country. In addition, if our MLAs tally drops below 69, we will be able to send only one Rajya Sabha deputy instead of two,” the commander said.
In the council elections, the BJP won 76 out of 294 seats, while its ally, the Jharkhand Students’ Union, won another seat. Of these, five MLAs resigned from the party, bringing their number down to 72. The loss of these seats may prompt a few MLAs to change camp.
From the other two seats go to the polls October 30, the Transitional Military Council comfortably won with scrap and Qosaba, as the vote necessitated the death of the winners.
In the September 30 In the by-elections in Bhawanipur along with the assembly elections in Samserganj and Jangipur, the three TMCs are expected to win by commendable margins. Now, all eyes will be on Dinhatta and Shantipur as the results are likely to influence the course of Bengal policy in the coming days.