New Delhi, June 13: As the stage is set for a crucial all-party meeting convened by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in Kolkata, the violent confrontation between Trinamool Congress and BJP shows that the people of the state and politics itself have been 'polarised politically'.
One part of the electorate supports the Mamata Banerjee-led outfit and another the Lotus party, but according to Congress leaders, most of it is the "doing" of Mamata Banerjee herself as over the last two years she "weakened both the Congress and the Left by poaching leaders and workers of the opposition parties”.
The result is that now her party is 'facing difficulty' in terms of saving its own turf, especially after a large number of Trinamool workers and leaders in rural and block levels are "shifting" towards the saffron camp, they say.
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Wednesday: "Didi khub chalaki korey Bangali aar Obangali bibhajan korar chesta korchhey (Mamata Banerjee is gradually and cleverly leading the state politics for a division between Bengalis and non Bengalis)".
His reference is to ongoing political one-upmanship between the Trinamool and the BJP. Prior to him Somen Mitra, West Bengal Congress president, has said that the sheer "minority appeasement" of Mamata Banerjee has led to the rise of pro-Hindutva politics in the state helping BJP in the long run.
Such has been BJP's rise in recent months and its 18 MPs' win in the parliamentary polls that the party's 'well known weaknesses - poor organisational structure and absence of a state-level face' in the eastern state- are no longer discussed.
Leaders such as Arvind Menon, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shiv Prakash were involved in campaigning and effective planning to bring about such a drastic turnaround in Bengal politics.The voters in Bengal may not need hardcore 'pro-Hindutva core issues' like cow protection or Ram temple and the simple fact that BJP can 'replace' Mamata Banerjee and provide protection to the voters would simply help the saffron party's cause.
However, lots of works still ought to be done. The BJP leadership has already set up five political zones - Kolkata, Uttar Banga, Navadeep region, Hooghly-Midnapore and Murshidabad- Birbhum-Bankura region, sources said. (UNI)