Mamata worried at BJP's rise in Bengal

West Bengal's chief minister is a worried lady these days.

The put on bonhomie between West Bengal chief minister Mamata banerjee and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not take long to wear off. At the recently concluded Bengal Global Business Summit here, there was a show of courtesy between Mamata and Arun Jaitley, but it evaporated quickly when the Finance Minister took potshots at the TMC regime's policy regarding land acquisition. Mamata Banerjee is strongly opposed to the land acquisition policy of the Central government, while Jaitley minced no words in targeting the TMC regime's stance. This was just another episode in the acrimonious tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress regime in Bengal and the Modi administration in Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee, however, has more to worry than just differences in the land-acquisition policy. Her bitter rivalry with the BJP has transcended mere policy disagreements. The Bharatiya Janata Party is making inroads into the Trinamool bastions in Bengal. This slow but steady-saffron surge in West Bengal, a state once known for its Leftist and socialist leanings, is undoubtedly worrying the Trinamool bunch.

Trinamool's worry over the ascendancy of the BJP has spilled over into several issues. Trinamool Congress Party thugs have left no stone unturned to attack BJP workers physically, with several BJP workers also being murdered in these attacks. But winds of change are blowing in parts of Bengal. The victory of BJP's Samik Bhattacharya in the Assembly by election at Basirhat Dakshin constituency is just one pointer.

There are enough notable people in the state who think the BJP's victory on the Basirhat-Dakshin Assembly seat is a clear indication ahead of the 2016 Assembly polls. Theatre personality Kaushik Sen is one of them. 'The constant failure of the Mamata Banerjee government and the wow factor surrounding Narendra Modi have boosted the morale of BJP workers in Bengal,' Sen says.

While the BJP's growing strength is adding to Trinamool's growing woes, things are changing at the ground level too. The Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has recently won in elections at two colleges in state's Purulia district. Trinamool might like to feign an air of dismissiveness, but there is no hiding the fact that the ABVP's rise among West Bengal's students has them very worried. The TMC's frustrations spilled over publicly when when Youth Trinamool chief Abhishek Banerjee, CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew, was slapped by a youth at a rally in East Midnapore recently. Accusations flew thick and fast between the rival sides over the youth's political leanings. 

Trinamool has alleged that the accused youth, Debashish Acharya, is close to ABVP, though the BJP camp was quick to issue a strong denial.

Amid all this, the incidents of clashes between Trinamool and BJP workers show no sign of abating. Political observers say that the BJP is on the rise, has sensed that Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool are being pushed back and has started smelling blood. Not least is the burgeoning Saradha scam, in which some very senior TMC politicians have been arrested. 

The trail of the Saradha scam money leads to Islamic terrorist outfits like the Jamaat-ul-Bangladesh (JMB) in neighbouring Bangladesh.

There is a growing realization that Mamata Banerjee and her TMC are enmeshed in jihadi tentacles. The Sardha scam, where Indian taxpayers' hard-earned money has been siphoned off to aid Islamic terror outfits in their bid to topple Sheikh Hasina's government in Bangladesh, is getting more serious by the day, with the Centre tasking National Security Advisor ajit Doval to get to the bottom of the matter. If accusations are proven, it would mean that an Indian chief minister is hand in glove with global Islamic terror organizations to bring about forced regime change in another country. The seriousness of the ramifications of such a development for India’s foreign is not lost on the Modi administration.

The BJP asserts that the people of Bengal have understood that if the Trinamool Congress again comes to power in 2016 the state will be ruined. BJP MLA Bhattacharya says as much, adding that Bengalis have now begun to see the BJP as the only viable alternative. The party says that its private membership figure has touched 10.5 lakhs and it is poised to increase by March this year.

Courtesy Inda Tomorrow.Co 

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