West Bengal seems to be attracting disproportionate consideration within the upcoming Meeting elections, though there are three different states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam) and one Union territory (Pondicherry), that are additionally topic to the surveys. What explains the give attention to Bengal alone?
To reply this, we have to take a better have a look at the battle for Bengal. Just lately, the information channels broadcast a clip of an aged girl from North 24 Parganas. Exhibiting her harm face, she says within the clip, “I used to be crushed by these individuals. I stored denying it, however they stored beating me. I’m unable to breathe now. My entire physique is in super ache. The trauma of the outdated woman was palpable. Who had accomplished this?
To reply this, his son Gopal Majumdar is seen on the following shot, himself injured. He stated, “There have been 10 to 12 individuals. They began beating me as quickly as they arrived. When my mom left the home because of the auditory restlessness, in addition they began beating her. Different individuals in the home have been additionally crushed. The explanation? I’m a employee of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP). Those that got here to beat us have been individuals from the Trinamool Congress (TMC). The reporter asks: “Did you acknowledge anybody?” Gopal replies that it was too darkish for him to see anybody. However his response was sufficient for tensions to erupt.
The BJP posted posters of the outdated woman’s injured face statewide with the caption – “Is not she the Bengal woman?” Mamata Banerjee, who describes herself because the daughter of Bengal, stated just a few days in the past that solely Bengalis will rule Bengal, not foreigners. The poster was a rebuttal to that.
The information channels have been thrilled. These photographs had robust traction and sufficient to maintain a number of high-decibel debates amongst get together spokespersons. Then got here the TMC with a press release that the girl had been injured on account of home violence and had nothing to do with politics. The police additionally agreed. Members of the family have been all around the media distributing sound bytes. Two individuals claiming to be his grandson and daughter-in-law claimed it was a case of home violence. The BJP was attempting to challenge itself as gender delicate whereas the TMC sought to ascertain that the outdated woman and her son had been pressured by the Saffron get together to make the allegations.
As for the native police, the BJP has beforehand claimed to be performing as an agent of the state authorities. The TMC disputes the cost by suggesting that the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Directorate of Enforcement and the Earnings Tax Division are all caged parrots of the Heart.
Allow us to recall the case of the Kolkata police commissioner, Rajiv Kumar. Following an assault on the convoy and car of the BJP’s nationwide president, JP Nadda, the Union Inside Ministry recalled three officers of the Indian Police Service (IPS) from Bengal cadres. It was a controversial choice, however the struggle did not finish right here. Just lately, ED issued a summons to the sister-in-law and spouse of Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, an MP for Diamond Harbor. The TMC sees this as a coverage of vendetta.
New controversies come up day-after-day in Bangabhumi, all of which give a whole lot of water to the political mill. This can proceed over the following few weeks. The BJP is pulling out all of the stops to win this election and the CM is combating tooth and nail to verify she does not quit an inch. The 2 sides appear equal. Nobody appears above the information making. In all of the bitterness and competitors, the information fell by the wayside.
Indians love the theater. However the political drama unfolding in Bengal has even exceeded our considerably elastic limits. For this reason Bengal is the cynosure of all eyes. The opposite states are not any much less essential, however the battles in these states are a lot much less dramatic. Nonetheless, even within the different three states, substantive points are usually not debated. Fairly, it’s the regular chatter. Photographs of high BJP leaders having dinner with farmers or Dalits grabbed the headlines. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was pictured doing push-ups in Tamil Nadu. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was pictured in an in depth dialog with tea employees in Assam. Will all of this result in an enchancment within the situation of farmers? Will the Dalits be a part of the mainstream? Will Assamese ladies in tea gardens have higher working situations? Will the pumps enhance the lot of the malnourished and dispossessed?
In West Bengal, a slogan of TMC is “Khela hobe»(Sport activated). The BJP picked it up and ran with it. Now Congress and left-wing activists are repeating it. The sport is absolutely launched. However it would solely be a recreation whether it is stripped of all morality. It turns into a mockery of the aspirations of the individuals. However that is the way in which issues are going proper now.
Shashi Shekhar is Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Opinions expressed are private