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As EC rings the bell, Parties gearing up for LS poll
West Bengal

As EC rings the bell, Parties gearing up for LS poll

Kolkata, Mar 11 : As the Election Commission (EC) announced the Lok sabha election 2019, all the political parties in West Bengal are gearing up for the big show and busy holding meetings of leaders and workers to chalk out winning strategies.

However, ruling party in the state, Trinamool Congress (TMC) and opposition party BJP are divided over some of the dates that are clashing with Ramzan (May 5 and June 4). With nearly 31 per cent Muslim voters, election during Ramzan will become a key issue of Bengal politics in the coming days.

The current scenario ahead for the 2019 elections is a direct contest between the ruling Trinamool congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), with the former emerging way ahead. In the last statewide panchayat elections in 2018, the TMC emerged way ahead of the BJP which came a respectable but distant second.

The party has kept Darjeeling and Asansol seats out of the survey's purview as it is confident of retaining them. "We have identified 18-20 seats in north and south Bengal, where our chances of winning is as high as 70-80 per cent. This study was done keeping in mind our performance in those seats in the last few elections," a senior BJP leader said.UNI