After emerging as opposition in West Bengal, BJP has only upped its attack on CM Mamata Banerjee. In the 2021 state assembly elections, BJP after winning 77 seats appointed Suvendu Adhikari as the LoP.
The saffron party has been conducting a series of surveys and further strengthening its cadre support.
In another step to tackle TMC, political observers have hinted at a major coalition in the state. There were murmurs in the political arena of a ‘possible reunion between BJP and CPI(M)’ in West Bengal. The development comes after the Bengal Cooperative elections, where BJP and CPI(M) leaders contested under an organisation named – ‘Samabay Bachao Samiti (Save Cooperatives Organisation)’.
Results of Bengal Cooperative elections
The Nandakumar’s Baharampur Cooperative Credit Society election witnessed for the first time the BJP and the CPI-M coming together in West Bengal to take on the TMC and sent a strong message to the Mamata-led party. TMC even failed to open its account in the polls.
Out of the total of 63 candidates announced by the Samabay Bachao Samiti, 43 are BJP leaders and 20 are CPI(M).
Few opined that the ‘Samabay Bachao Samiti’ is an announced BJP leaders CPI(M) coalition. However, the leaders of the organisation fought the elections without a symbol.
What’s next for Bengal?
The mixture of candidates in the elections raised eyebrows due to the contrasting ideologies of the BJP and CPI (M). However, the winners in the organisation cited that both the party leaders came together to stop “the terror tactics of the TMC”.
BJP MLA Rabindranath Maity said that reaching an agreement with CPI(M) was not tough due to the “corruption under TMC”.
Soon after the results came out, TMC accused the saffron party of having a mutual understanding with CPI (M).
Mamata sharpened her attack on the opposition parties after TMC failed to win any seat in the Baharampur Cooperative Agricultural Credit Society at Nandakumar in Purba Medinipur district.
“The BJP only talks big. It has two associates — the Left and the Congress. They don’t work but during elections they get together. Ram [BJP], Baam [CPI-M], and Shyam [Congress] are united and become one party. They have a give and take understanding, [and] that’s the truth. Show them the door,” Mamata told a public rally in Nadia district on Wednesday.