It is a brand new day in Bengal. As I hear the koel name out to its mate from the skinny mattress in my dwelling, the name sounds significantly melodious this morning. No, not due to the election outcomes. But as a result of it’s lastly over. It has been an extended election. This election has drawn blood, pushed folks to the all-devouring mouth of Covid, and burnt houses. This election has seen violence until late final evening. BJP workplaces have been set on hearth and BJP MLAs have been attacked. The media has been heckled. It has been an extended election. It has been an election on the hope of change. People voted for change; change of their destiny; not essentially for a ‘bahiragoto’ (outsider) authorities.
So why did the common Bengali voter not vote for the BJP?
A abandoned BJP workplace in Kolkata on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)
The widespread false impression in TV studios in Delhi and Mumbai was that individuals needed anybody however Mamata Banerjee. The BJP went to city asking for votes on the shoulders of ‘cut-money, tolabaazi’. In constituency after constituency, the Home Minister spoke about Didi’s regime. Deeper inside, BJP native leaders requested ‘Pishi’ to go to Bangladesh. Their speeches had nothing new. Their guarantees sounded hole. The lower-middle-class man who spent Rs 92/litre on petrol to take his bike to the Home Minister’s rally and braved the April solar, got here again dwelling disenchanted. There was no phrase about his plight. All he heard was the promise of statues and cries of Jai Shri Ram spoken in a tongue that is not his personal.
For Bengalis, identity is a big player. You would realise that when you had been to have a look at the outcomes of Matigara-Naxalbari. The Trinamool Congress first fielded a Bengali from the seat. They then changed him and named Rajen Sundas, a Nepali man, from a constituency that’s in Darjeeling but has mostly Bengalis. The Bengali vote went to the BJP’s Anandamay Barman, a Rajbongshi man, who now has received the seat by 70,848 votes. In a state the place the BJP hasn’t even crossed double digits, that determine is big.
A supporter of Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee, sporting a face protect together with her picture on it. (Photo: Reuters)
Honed outdated minds in Delhi have nonetheless not had the time to take a seat and analyse the BJP’s deafening defeat in Bengal. After all, the last phrase on Suvendu Adhikari’s win in Nandigram came pretty late. He snatched victory from Mamata Banerjee by 1,956 votes and left doomsday predictors in a repair. That seat noticed a lot drama. The outcomes had been ‘declared’ 3 times. First, Mamata received. Then Suvendu received. Then Mamata accepted the verdict. Her celebration did not. And lastly, the EC declared the consequence after 11 pm on counting day: Banglar Meye Mamata Banerjee had certainly misplaced the seat to Nandigramer Chhele Suvendu Adhikari. Victory was Pyrrhic for each Suvendu and Mamata. He received, his celebration misplaced. Her celebration received, she misplaced.
Banglar Meye Mamata Banerjee misplaced the Nandigram seat to Nandigramer Chhele Suvendu Adhikari (Photo: Facebook)
The vote in the North echoed the vote in the South. It was all for identification. For one, it was for the hope of an acknowledgement of their identity. For the different, it was to maintain their identification from being snatched by the ‘Goondas from Gujarat’. Mamata Banerjee performed it properly. She damage the BJP the place it hurts most: identification. Week after week, as BJP nationwide leaders went out to speak spiritual identification in Hindi, Mamata addressed the plenty in coarse Bangla, the Bangla they perceive. Every time the common Bengali noticed the revered Prime Minister take digs in opposition to their CM, Mamata consolidated her base. And then, the last nail in the coffin for Bengal BJP flew in on the sturdy arms of a virus.
People have cell phones and information in rural Bengal. As they went to fill water at the municipality faucet and lamented lack of direct pipelines, they noticed scenes of useless our bodies piling up exterior crematories in North India. The BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh; Delhi, the place PM Modi sits (nobody fairly cares about Kejriwal), had been overflowing with the sick and the useless. They gasped, switched to a lighter video, lifted their water cans and went again dwelling heaving a sigh of aid: ‘At least we are not in that state in this state.’
India is battling a deepening Covid-19 disaster. (Photo: Reuters)
Then there’s the query of machismo too. Bengal has by no means fairly responded properly to males who flaunt their muscle. The BJP by no means acquired that. Women right here voted for a lady. The girl in energy promised them cash and a greater tomorrow. For Mamata, folks had a reference body. She has performed loads for the villages. There is not any trade and jobs are nonetheless a far cry however in the villages, there are roads. Every home has heard the promise of cash if Didi comes again into energy. The BJP had nothing to play with. Statues do not get votes. Promises of assuaging the plight of Hindu Bengalis abroad would not win votes on this one.
Since final evening, my dad and mom’ telephone has been flooded with WhatsApp messages. One of the forwards rued how North Bengal should not be part of Bengal any extra as a result of our politics would not match theirs (South Bengal). Another mentioned Bengalis deserve ‘Bhikkhasree’ (alms — a play on Kanyasree, a TMC scheme for women in Bengal) and never a greater future. Yet one other summed it up for everybody: “The vote for TMC was not for TMC. It was against BJP. We want jobs. We don’t want a (TMC) government whose representatives want cut-money and indulge in tolabaazi. We voted for you because we did not want our fate in the hands of unknown people.”
The BJP acquired all its votes in the title of Modi. (Photo: PTI)
The BJP, in spite of everything, acquired all its votes in the title of Modi. No CM candidate was projected. Internecine battles that plague the celebration, do not actually attain the ears of higher-ups. Down amongst the BJP cadres, a prevalent phrase goes: for each two folks in the BJP, there are three factions. The celebration had no floor presence. Its largest performers in the North are all ex-TMC. BJP acquired the TMC leaders, however the staff remained with Mamata. When the ex-TMC people acquired tickets, the outdated BJP fumed. There is not any solution to know who they voted for.
Soon after the TMC was declared main in additional than 200 seats, we left Cooch Behar yesterday for a drive to Chilapata. We needed a while off earlier than one other week pounced upon us.
At the Patlakhawa bazaar, TMC supporters had been readying for a rally. A person crossed our automotive. As he pulled up his trousers, the katta peeked out.
A five-year khela has simply begun.