April 27, 2021

Bengal’s Bitter Campaigning Ends As we speak

Will probably be curtains for the bitter West Bengal marketing campaign on Monday, which noticed chief minister Mamata Banerjee rallying across the state in a wheelchair for the final 44 days whereas BJP introduced in all its huge weapons from Delhi led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over 20 rallies.

Covid has dominated the discourse on the fag finish of the election marketing campaign, with Banerjee accusing the Centre of “sleeping on the wheel” because the second Covid-19 wave hit the nation and final week promised free vaccination for all Bengal residents if voted again to energy. The BJP needed to comply with up the very subsequent day with an analogous promise. Assaults on the Centre over the Covid difficulty have come unabated from the chief minister. She accused the Centre on Sunday of “diverting oxygen provide of West Bengal to Uttar Pradesh” and stated the Centre exported vaccines when India was in dire want. Nationwide BJP president JP Nadda as an alternative blamed Banerjee for mishandling the Covid scenario in West Bengal and skipping the prime minister’s evaluation conferences on Covid.

Three candidates have died attributable to Covid throughout these meeting elections whereas over half a dozen are contaminated. Banerjee has put the blame for the unfold of Covid in Bengal on over one lakh cadre of BJP which she claims has camped right here for over a month and practically two lakh safety forces who got here from outdoors. West Bengal touched practically 88,000 lively circumstances on Sunday, with a projection of crossing one lakh lively circumstances by the point the final vote is forged right here on April 29. Elections have been delay in two out of the 36 seats that have been to ballot as we speak, as two candidates succumbed to Covid.

The marketing campaign for the final two phases was additionally marked by a virtual-heavy marketing campaign by the BJP whereas Banerjee has opted for press conferences together with her candidates within the varied districts to ship throughout a bigger message, for the reason that Election Fee’s ban on roadshows and large bodily rallies. The final two phases of the West Bengal elections comprise 71 seats, with 34 seats polling as we speak, 35 seats on April 29 and relaxation two on Could 16, however the marketing campaign for the April 29 section can even finish as we speak given the prolonged 72-hour silence interval fastened by the Election Fee. Muslim-dominated districts of Malda and Murshidabad, 11 city seats of Kolkata and the Birbhum district are polling within the final two phases, with 22 seats in Murshidabad, 12 in Malda and 11 in Kolkata, the place TMC made good floor within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

With Dwelling Minister Amit Shah away from West Bengal for the final two days, Nadda has taken over the mantle of the marketing campaign within the final two phases and held three digital rallies within the state on Sunday. He’ll maintain three extra digital rallies as we speak for the final section earlier than ending the BJP’s marketing campaign with a press convention in Kolkata. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, Suvendu Adhikari and Mithun Chakraborty have nevertheless continued with their bodily public conferences within the state, which BJP claims didn’t contain greater than 500 individuals however the Trinamool Congress has alleged that the Election Fee pointers have been violated by these BJP campaigners.

Banerjee held a press convention in Bolpur with all candidates of Birbhum district on Saturday, one in Murshidabad with the candidates of that district on Sunday and can maintain one other one on Monday in Kolkata.

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