The election commission of India announced a schedule for assembly polls in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. As per the schedule, voting for the assembly elections to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry will be held in a single phase, while the assembly election in West Bengal and Assam will be held in eight and three phases, respectively.
According to the latest update, Mamata Banarjee has questioned the Election Commission’s decision to conduct the West Bengal Assembly Election in eight phases. She alleged that the decision was taken to suit the convenience of the BJP. BJP has countered the allegations levelled by Mamata Banarjee.
As the time for the assembly elections in West Bengal is coming to pass, in the same way, the war between the political parties is also intensifying. Whether it is the Trinamool Congress (TMC) or the BJP, both are fiercely targeting each other.
On February 20, TMC launched its main campaign slogan ‘Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay’, portraying Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee as the “daughter of Bengal’.
The TMC supremo photo along with the slogan was put up on hoardings across Kolkata.
The BJP poster hits out at Mamata Banarjee
The BJP on Saturday, February 27, launched a poster to counter Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) campaign slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” (Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter). BJP’s poster says, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi” and has the faces of the party’s female leaders from Bengal.
‘Pishi’ is the Bengali word used for paternal aunt.
The BJP tweeted the poster with the slogan in Bengali, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi”.
The poster has the faces of nine BJP leaders from Bengal, including Rupa Ganguli, Deboshree Chaudhary, Locket Chatterjee, Bharti Ghose, Agnimitra Paul, among others.
With the poster, BJP leader including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have used ‘pishi-bhaipo’ jibe to hit out at the Bengal CM and her nephew, alleging them of dynasty politics.
The TMC is engaged in a bitter political fight with the BJP and projects the opposition party leaders as outsiders on ‘election tourism” to the state.
Battle of Campaign Vehicles:
Rathyatra/Parivartan Yatra of BJP:
BJP national president JP Nadda launched a five-phase rath yatra from Nabadwip in Bengal’s Nadia district on February 6. For the “Parivartan yatra”, a bus has been converted into a modern “rath” or chariot that will tour the length and breadth of the poll-bound state.
On February 9, Nadda flagged off the second and third phase of the rath yatra from Tarapith in Birbhum district and Lalgarh in Jhargram district. The fourth leg of the yatra was flagged off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on February 11 from Cooch Behar in north Bengal and the last leg will cover Kolkata and adjoining areas.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called BJP’s “rath yatra” a five-star bus that “outsiders” were using to visit the state. “These outsiders, five-star babus roaming in big vehicles, who do not live in Bengal, are busy doing photo op at poor households with food from five-star hotels. What they show is not cooked there, they get food from five-star hotel. Are these people pro-poor?” Banerjee had said at a rally.
‘Didir Doot’ To Take on BJP’s ‘Rath’ In Bengal:
To take on the BJP’s “rath” or chariot on Bengal, the TMC on Saturday February 27, launched its own election campaign vehicle named “Didir Doot (Didi’s Messenger)”. The Vehicle was flagged off by Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banarjee during his rally in Sonarpur and it will be used by various leaders for campaigning throughout the state.
The vehicle was flagged off by TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee during his rally in Sonarpur and it will be used by various leaders for campaigning throughout the state.
The TMC had also launched an app, ‘Didir Doot’, to popularise the various welfare schemes and programmes of the government. The app lets users write messages highlighting issues and problems that would be directly seen by the Chief Minister, claims Trinamool Congress. The party cliamed that more than a lakh users have installed the app since its launch on February 4.
Allegations and counter-allegations:
Ahead of the Assembly elections, political slogans are intensifying the poll fever in the state of West Bengal.
CM Mamata Banerjee called PM Narendra Modi “the country’s biggest dangabaaj (rioter) and dhandabaaj (self-seeker)” while addressing a Trinamool rally in Hooghly’s Sahaganj on Wednesday. Modi had addressed a BJP rally at the same venue 48 hours ago, when he called Trinamool a party of “tolabaaz (extortionist)”.
Banerjee predicted that the PM would meet a fate worse than Donald Trump’s, the former US president “for whom Modi had campaigned”. “Nothing can be gained from violence,” she said at the Dunlop Maidan rally.
The slogans of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been dominant in this election. Interestingly, the poll slogans this year revolve around Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Goddess Durga.
Among the most popular slogans of ruling TMC buzzing across the state include “Hare Krishna hare hare, Swasthya Sathi ghare ghare” and “Hare Krishna hare hare, Sobuj Sathi ghore ghore”.
Swasthya Sathi and Sobuj Sathi are the welfare schemes of the TMC-led West Bengal government. The slogans try to indicate that these schemes have reached every home in the state.
The BJP in return has released a jingle called “Pishi jao, pishi jao”, which asks Banerjee to leave Bengal. Set to the tune of “Bella Ciao”, a 19th century protest song from Communist Italy, the jingle tries to highlight the “injustices of the ruling dispensation”.orkers, dancing to the beats of the ‘khela hobe’ song.
Countering TMC, BJP’s “Chup chap, poddo phule chaap” (silently cast your vote on lotus symbol) and “Eksathe lorbo, sonar Bangla gorbo” (we will fight unitedly to create a prosperous Bengal) slogans are reverberating in the air.
War Cry by both parties:
Further, slogans like TMC’s ‘Khela hobe (there will be a game) and BJP’s “Poriborton hobe” (there will be change) are also gaining momentum.
West Bengal BJP unit president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday issued a fresh warning to the ruling TMC in the state that his party follows the law, but that does not mean it is weak.
Ghosh gave an open warning to the ruling party of Bengal, saying, “Our opponents are telling us that our game is over, but let me tell them that our game is going on. Be prepared. If they face their own after the election If you want to see, then tell your mothers to keep your children under control. We are civilized and obey the law, but this does not mean that we are weak.” He also said addressing the rally “Your game has ended, now we will play and you will watch from the gallery,” in an indirect reference to the popular “khela hobe” slogan of the TMC.
“Cowards talk of forgiveness. If BJP workers do not take revenge on TMC, then people of Bengal will call them cowards,’’ said Ghosh. The ‘revenge strategy’, which came shortly before one of the BJP general secretaries threatened to burn down a police station, has drawn flak, not only in the Trinamool camp but also in his own outfit. Many BJP leaders said such comments might not go down well.
Yes, ‘Khela hobe, khela hobe’ & ‘paribortan hobe’. Let me tell brothers of Mamta didi that BJP will form the govt. I know there will be attempts to stop the yatra so I’ve come to meet you. We will ensure that you are able to cast your votes:
BJP is also leveraging on the slogan “Double engine sarkar” that indicates the government of the same party at the Centre as well as at the State.
The leaders of TMC and BJP have been attacking each other with these slogans.
Trinamool Congress has also released a new video for their campaign titled ’Notun Sabera’. The fifty second video highlights the work and development done by the Mamata Banerjee led government in four and a half years.
Trinamool Congress in another video also claims how Bengal has changed in five years. The video also raised the famous Trinamool slogan of ‘Maa Mati Manush’. This slogan was coined by All India Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as their “war cry” before the 2009 General election of India.