Build up to Lok Sabha Elections 2019 continues……
Hello Guys, today we are moving towards the east of India and I will be talking about the cultural capital of India West Bengal in today’s post.
West Bengal is the Largest state in eastern part of India, otherwise eastern India has got many small states. West Bengal is the third largest in terms of Seats which is 42 seats. Bengal is known for the sporting culture, literature and the devotion for Lord Durga.
It is also known for one unwanted thing and that’s the Violence. West Bengal is said to be the most violence prone states. Violence here has been a perpetual thing which has got state-sponsored violence. This violence is the bigger reason for the elections in Bengal happening in multiple phases. This time there are 7 phases for West Bengal Elections and in the last elections in the year 2014, it was in 5 phases.
Fact Check: West Bengal has got total living population of 9.1 cr out of which 6.55 crore are registered voters. Being the cultural capital the people of West Bengal has also got the tag of one of the highest voter turnout state in the country. In 2014 the voter turnout was as high as 82% which is expected to increase this time.
Historically when we look at West Bengal politics, like any other state Congress rules the state for 20 years from 1951 to 1971. It was all Congress domination but things changed and from 1971-2004 it was the Communist Party which dominated the state. This rule of communist has played a huge role in West Bengal and few people regret voting CPI to power. The gigantic run of CPI ended as the mood of the people changed completely after no of years of rule. It was all TMC from then leady by Mamata Banerjee. TMC is ruling since 2009 and TMC always look comfortable in West Bengal.
It was way back in 1998 that BJP won its first seat and that came from Darjeeling.
BJP from the last twenty years has won around 1-2 seats every election. But this time BJP is doing everything to increase their tally from 2 to 10. Not to forget people here don’t change instantly and they are all fixed to that particular party. That will also mean that the people are voting for the same party, which means there is no way a change in the behaviour of the voters. The advantage though is that the batting second also loses the match.
Let’s look at the Regions:
2. Malda region weak BJP
3. Hugli region strong TMC (30 seats)
4. Asansol region BJP picking up
Out of the available 42 seats, they 8-10 Expected to come
1. Darjeeling 2
2. Malda nothing
3. Hugli expecting from Kolkata 4-5 seats
4. Asansol 2-3 seats
With Bengal, we have so far covered 130 seats randomly in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Where Shiv Sena and BJP are likely to sweep Maharashtra, DMK and Congress are likely to sweep in Tamilnadu to make it 1-1 for NDA and UPA Bengal is going third front way to TMC where it is likely to end up with more than 30 seats. So three states go to three different fronts and race for 2019 looks very exciting.