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Why BJP lost the battle for Bengal | India News

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Why BJP lost the battle for Bengal | India News

NEW DELHI: Having lost the battle for Bengal, BJP he has yet to sit in a formal introspection of what went wrong in his carefully designed campaign to overthrow the prime minister. Mamata banerjee and its Trinamool Congress.
Party members say that, among other problems that got in the way, the party was unable to counter the “strangers” campaign against it by TMC and that the “personal attacks and taunts” against Banerjee cost them dearly as people in the state did not like the disrespectful approach of a sitting CM and a woman.
Local leaders and central leaders of the BJP, who campaigned in the state for nearly two months, have been targeting Banerjee, whose popularity was the single most important element around which the TMC campaign was built.
“When this popular figure was beaten by the BJP state chairman Dilip Ghosh (asking him to show his legs in Bermuda shorts), the prime minister Narendra modi (the I did Either Didi mocks) or Interior Minister Amit Shah, it generated anger even among those who were not paying attention to the campaign, ”said a party manager.
The TMC “outsiders” campaign against the BJP seemed to have worked as the saffron party failed to project any state leaders and carried out its entire campaign with central leaders, who did not even speak Bengali and are disconnected from the social culture and state policy. Express.
“How can you court a people when even the slogans are in Hindi and not in the local language,” said a party official working in the state. “We could have countered it … but we didn’t,” said another leader.
Apart from these informants, they have blamed the party’s strategy of carrying out the entire electoral exercise through comments from senior party leaders brought in from other states, who had no knowledge of Bengal or its people. “These leaders may be skilled, experienced, but they were oblivious to the texture and flavor of the terrain they were going to work on … they had no idea how people behave there,” said a party member, who has worked in the state.
BJP senior leaders such as Sunil bansal (UP), Chandrashekhar (Rajasthan) Pawan Bansal, Ratnakar had been sent to the state to look after various regions and provide feedback from the field based on the tickets to be distributed and the campaign to be designed.
According to another party official, the central leaders who had no ears on the ground, blindly listened to the new TMC imports, without verifying the facts that they were bringing to the table. This went wrong in many places. In fact, one of the main reasons for the defeat of BJP was that, the same anti-incumbent faces of TMC, came looking for votes wearing the saffron shirt, while TMC had already put a new face in the same constituency to counter the anti-incumbency. locally.
The BJP leadership will take stock of all the factors that were responsible for the party’s debacle in West Bengal, which has been high on the party’s agenda since it won 18 out of 42 parliamentary seats in the state in 2019.

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