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Bengal Polls: For the first time in three decades, Didi moves out of his lair | India News

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KOLKATA: For the past three decades, Mamata Banerjee has never fought in an election outside of Bhowanipore. From 1991 to 2011, she was an MP from Kolkata (South), which includes Bhowanipore, and since 2011 she has been a member of the Bhowanipore board of directors. The electoral link was cut on Friday.
“If necessary, I will go back to racing from here. But whether I compete from here or not, Bhowanipore will always be within my grasp, ”he said. State Energy Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay will replace Banerjee at Bhowanipore, to which the CM added: “I will always be here and keep watch.”
It was also three decades in 1991 that she was attacked at the Hazra crossing while conducting a congressional rally, and broke her head. “He had campaigned with a broken head, injured. People had always put their faith in me. I fought and won eight elections from here, ”Banerjee said.
Bhowanipore’s decision not to contest was to mock BJP by asking him to declare which seat he would represent.
Supporting Chattopadhyay, Banerjee said: “Your home is here. He played for a local club here. ”
But the Bhowanipore who has taken Banerjee, a brave local girl, by the hand and helped her grow in political stature from a Union minister to the Bengal CM, is changing rapidly. The over 2 lakh electorate now has around 60% non-Bengali population. Demographic changes also coincide with a changing voting pattern since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when it began to adopt the BJP.
In 2014, for the first time in decades, a different political script developed in Bhowanipore: the Trinamool Congress was behind a BJP candidate by 185 votes. In the three-year phase from 2011 to 2014, BJP votes had risen from 5,078 to 47,465. This lead was erased by TMC in all subsequent polls (the 2015 Calcutta Municipal Corporation elections, the 2016 assembly polls, and the 2019 LS contest), but the party’s margins of victory that plummeted indicated that the changing trend was not unique.
By the way, even in the elections that Banerjee contested, his percentage of votes fell. In the 2011 general elections, he obtained about 77% of the votes. In 2016, it dropped to around 48%. In the 2019 LS polls, TMC led by a scant 3,168 votes.
The drop in the percentage of votes over the last decade has also dragged down an element of uncertainty in this old neighborhood in southern Kolkata.

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