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Over confident Amit Shah checkmated in West Bengal
There is a famous Indian proverb: "Sir mundatey hi oley parh gaye." (It was a blizzard soon upon the head as it was tonsured.)

The same has happened om May 14 in West Bengal. With the a little less recent record victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the Bharatiya Janata Party was poised to push forward in West Bengal. It is one of the states in the country that the RSS/BJP juggernaut had not been able to breach on its own.

The readers might recall that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had charted the party's mission Bengal during his three-day tour to the state that was part of his 95-day-long countrywide whirlwind tour to galvanise the party cadres.

On 26 April, Shah had addressed booth level workers at Bhowanipore, the backyard of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Bhowanipore comes under South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency. It was once the stronghold of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the precursor of the BJP.

"The BJP rules 70 per cent of the country. But I feel until it comes to power in Bengal, the mission of 'Ebar Bangla' (Bengal Now) will not be accomplished. The lotus will bloom in Bhowanipore too," the BJP president had said.

Ebar Bangla (Now Bengal) was the new clarion call for the BJP in Bengal as the party readies itself to "liberate" the state from Mamata's misrule and recreate a 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bengal). The seven-year-long Mamata rule had been portrayed by BJP walas as wide minority appeasement and anti-Hindu politics.

"The situation in Bengal is worrisome. Instead of Rabindra Sangeet, the sounds of bombs are now heard in the state. TMC's appeasement politics has attacked the very heart and soul of Bengal. Sonar Bangla has been destroyed over the years because of the politics of neglect and appeasement," said Shah.

Pointing out the difference between the TMC and the BJP, Amit Shah said, "TMC used chit funds to take money from poor, while the BJP has initiated Jan Dhan Yojana and empowered the poor."

But I feel, the public of West Bengal didn't agree with Amit Shah's assessment.

The TMC is set to take control of four out of the seven civic bodies that went to polls on May 14 in West Bengal. The Trinamool won a majority of wards in the Domkal, Mirik, Pujali and Raiganj civic bodies while BJP ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) retained control of the Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong municipalities. It is interesting to note that Mirik is located in the hills and TMC as a party has never won there. While the Domkal, Pujali and Raiganj bodies are located in the plains, the rest are in the hills.

"Special thanks to Mirik for reposing faith in us. We will work sincerely for you. After so many decades we begin a new era in the hills. The hills are smiling," said Banerjee in multiple tweets.

In Pujali, Trinamool has won 12 wards, followed by BJP in 2 wards. Bengal's ruling party also got a majority in Raiganj winning 24 out of 27 wards, in Domkal winning 20 out of 21 wards and in Mirik getting 6 out of 9 wards.

The victories in the civic bodies come nearly a year after the Trinamool Congress returned to power in the state winning 211 out of 294 seats.

"I never supported violence. Before the formation of TMC, I was a member of the Congress Party. Gandhi's Congress. Non-violence is a philosophy that runs deep."….Mamata Banerjee.

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