Didi changes tack, prays to contain BJP | Kolkata News
KOLKATA : Bengal BJP’s increasing outreach in rural areas has prompted chief minister Mamata Banerjee to calibrate her marketing campaign technique and ship out indicators that she is a tolerant Hindu.
This presumably explains why Mamata spent round one hour at KapilMuni’s ashram with its chief priest Gyandasji throughout her Gangasagar go to on December 26, forward of Makar Sankranti on January 14, when lakhs of pilgrims can be taking a holy dip on the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.
“I’ll come to this place once more,” the CM stated, presumably to look balanced, and counter the notion that she is pro-minority. Certainly, Mamata has been doing this adroitly, treading a course completely different from Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The shock surge in BJP’s vote-share within the latest meeting byelections, Sabang and Dakshin Kanthi, the place the saffron social gathering does not have an organisation price mentioning, is a pointer to a shift in Bengal’s political narrative that was broadly constructed on class intertwined with caste and the minority votebank. Within the Sabang meeting bypoll, Trinamool got1,06,179 votes and the BJP, which had gained solely 5,610 votes in 2016, jumped to 37,476 this time.
The Trinamool chief has come to understand the change that Narendra Modi has introduced within the universe of Hinduism. Modi has included OBCs, Scheduled Caste and Tribes within the Hindu camp, breaking the monopoly of Brahmins and higher caste Hindus.
Taking the cue, Mamata hasn’t wasted time to kind an SC advisory council, a separate welfare board for the Rajbanshis in north Bengal to handle identification politics.
The CM has arrange boards to renovate temples: Tarapith, Tarakeswar, Kalighat — as she has executed for Furfura Sharif. The federal government can be upgrading tribal burial grounds. However Mamata isn’t leaving it at that. She is dovetailing it with improvement programmes to lure the rising center class among the many reserved class who need employment alternatives.