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With regional fronts backing Didi, Bengal polls turn into Modi’s battle against Mamata | India News

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NEW DELHI: As the regional parties of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra pledge their support for the Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee in their fight against the BJP, which has become TMC’s main rival in Bengal for the first time, the election of the assembly is turning into a Mamata against (Narendra) Battle of Modi.
If this launch comes through the state’s eight-phase, month-long voting campaign, it could launch Banerjee directly onto the national canvas if he wins his third term in office.
After Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena on Thursday extended his support for the head of the Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee, saying that the Maharashtra party will not compete in the assembly elections in Bengal. Hailing Banerjee as the “true Bengal tigress”, the Maharashtra party, which had previously said it would join the electoral battle in the state, vowed to “stand in solidarity” with TMC.
This “solidarity” also reflects a shift in alliances, as SP, RJD and Sena are allies of Congress in their respective states – UP, Bihar and Maharashtra – but have decided to support TMC in Bengal, where Congress, the parties of Left and the India Secular Front (ISF) are competing to defeat the ruling TMC as opposition forces in the state. A TMC victory in Bengal could change the equations of the alliance, with Banerjee emerging at center stage in national politics with his sights set on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
On Thursday, the main leader of the Seine, MP Sanjay Raut, in a tweet, made the announcement, saying that the decision to support the TMC was made after discussions with the party chairman and CM Uddhav Thackeray. Raut took to Twitter saying: “Right now, it seems to be a Didi fight against everyone.”
“Many people are curious whether Shiv Sena is contesting the West Bengal polls or not. So here is the update after discussions with party chairman Uddhav ji Thackeray. ”
“All the ‘M’s – Money, Muscle and Media – are being used against’ M’amata Didi. Therefore, Shiv Sena has decided not to contest the West Bengal polls and to stand in solidarity with her. “We wish Mamata Didi great success, because we believe that she is the real Bengal Tigress,” he added.
TMC spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O Brien retweeted Raut’s tweet. “We welcome Shiv Sena’s decision. We are grateful to Shiv Sena for not running candidates at the assembly polls in West Bengal, ”said TMC MP Sougata Roy, in Kolkata, reacting to the development.
Earlier this week, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met with Banerjee in his office and offered her support to the Trinamool Congress. SP leader and former UP prime minister Akhilesh Yadav has also extended his support for the party to TMC. Both disputed their respective last state elections in alliance with Congress. Sena heads the Maharashtra government in alliance with Congress and Sharad Pawar’s PNC.
While neither party has much electoral stakes at stake in Bengal, with a good number of Hindi-speaking voters in the state coming from Bihar and UP, regional leaders hope to sway them in favor of TMC. RJD has vowed to campaign for TMC in Bengal, especially in the areas bordering Bihar, where it recently finished as the largest party.

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