Kolkata: The Left Front – which destroyed everything in the political landscape of Bengal in the recent elections – has sympathy from an unexpected quarter today. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I am politically opposed to them but I do not want to see them as zero.” That.
“It would have been better if they had won seats instead of the BJP,” Banerjee said, adding that he had chosen the BJP leftists in the opposition benches in the state assembly.
Then came the sting. “They have sold themselves and become a signboard in their zeal to support the BJP. They have to think about it,” the chief minister said.
This will be the first time since independence that the 294-seat Bengal Legislative Assembly will not have leftists or members of Congress. The parties that have long dominated state politics have now given the BJP its place.
The BJP had won 77 seats in the Assembly elections declared yesterday. The remaining 213 went to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, giving her a third straight term.
Left leaders have called the party’s performance catastrophic. Many have admitted that the alliance with Islamic cleric Abbas Siddiqui was a mistake.
Faced with the BJP’s chances of victory in the state, Muslims have voted for Mamata Banerjee, even in districts like Malda and Murshidabad where the Congress had a hold.
Many leftist leaders argued that Bengal saw anti-BJP votes that merged around the Trinamool Congress.
He said the center was on the BJP and Trinamool, which had estimated itself as the only option and reaped the benefits.
He says he focused more on the BJP and benefited the Trinamool as the TMC presented itself as the only option for the BJP.
Leader Manoj Bhattacharya said, “This is a catastrophe.” One octocrat has registered his victory over another dictator … The common man thought that the Trinamool was the only option to resist the BJP. Of the Revolutionary Socialist Party.
But it was the party’s alliance with Congress – which it formed in 2016 and opposed with teeth and nails by everyone’s central leaders – that led to a huge fascination with hardcore left supporters. Both sides have spent decades as bitter opponents – indeed they were just as much in Kerala.
Moreover, the 35-year-old left-wing regime has practically destroyed the grassroots support system of the Congress and any alliance with it will prove costly for the leftists, many believe.
Congress has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for defeating BJP. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “I am happy to congratulate Mamata ji and the people of West Bengal for defeating the BJP properly.”
But known for the dislike of the party’s region president Mamata Banerjee, he blamed her for the polarization, especially in her party’s g-hold where the Congress lost.
“Hindus in Murshidabad and Malda voted for BJP and Muslims voted for Trinamool. This was a purely communal campaign by Mamata Banerjee,” said Adhir Chaudhary, state party president.