In West Bengal, every important political party is in the election fray. However, each one of them is fighting for a distinct objective. While the Congress and Left together are struggling for their sheer existence, the ruling Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is struggling to regain popular confidence. The BJP, on the other hand and after five rounds of polling, is struggling to further consolidate its edge. This election has become not just interesting but truly historic as well, thanks to several ‘first-time-in-history’ factors.
For the first time, Hindus in West Bengal are not refusing to see the writing on the wall. The vote bank politics of the Trinamool Congress is now being resolutely challenged by not just the BJP but the people at large as well. Jai Shri Ram has become a powerful articulation of the pent-up anger against minority appeasement. It no more means just the dictionary definition of the slogan. It has become a political clarion call of assertion of cultural identity.
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