The Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) on Sunday sprang a shock by naming Union minister of state Babul Supriyo, two different sitting Lok Sabha members and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta alongside 4 actors and a number of other former Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in its checklist of candidates for the third and fourth phases of the Bengal meeting elections.
The BJP named 63 candidates; 27 for the third part and 36 for the fourth part. The polls might be held on April 6 and 10 respectively. Bengal has 294 seats.
The celebration didn’t identify 4 candidates for the third part and eight candidates for the fourth part, prompting political specialists to query the saffron camp’s preparedness for the essential polls.
Supriyo has been fielded from the Tollygunge seat in south Kolkata the place the TMC has fielded its present incumbent and minster Aroop Biswas.
Dasgupta, a President-nominated Rajya Sabha member, has been fielded from Tarakeswar in Hooghly district towards the TMC’s Ramendu Sinha Roy.
The lists triggered reactions contained in the BJP as properly. Senior journalist Rantideb Sengupta, who’s the editor of one of many mouthpieces of the saffron camp, refused to contest after he was fielded from the Howrah south constituency. “I used to be not consulted. I solely wish to marketing campaign,” Sengupta stated. He had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Subir Nag, the previous president of the BJP’s Hooghly district unit, stated he want to step out of politics for some time after the BJP central management in Delhi named Locket Chatterjee, the MP from Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency in Hooghly district, as candidate for the Chinsurah seat towards the TMC’s Asit Majumdar. “In all probability the management is just not glad with my efficiency,” Nag stated.
“BJP is a celebration the place individuals comply with the instructions that come from the highest. We’ll win all 18 seats in Hooghly district,” stated Chatterjee.
The bulletins had been made by BJP nationwide common secretary Arun Singh and Union minister of state Debasree Chaudhuri, the MP from Raigunj in north Bengal.
Alongside Supriyo, who’s the Lok Sabha member from Asansol in West Burdwan district, Nisith Pramanik, the Lok Sabha member from Cooch Behar constituency in Cooch Behar district has additionally been named as candidate for the approaching polls.
Whereas Supriyo is a two-time MP, Chatterjee and Pramanik went to the Lok Sabha in 2019 when the BJP received 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Pramanik will contest from Dinhata towards the TMC’s Udayan Guha, who was a minister in the course of the Left Entrance period and left his celebration, the Ahead Bloc, to affix the TMC after 2011.
The BJP fielded 4 actors, a few of whom joined the celebration lower than a month in the past.
Yash Dasgupta, a younger and fashionable star, who joined the BJP on February 18, has been fielded from Chanditala in Hooghly district towards the TMC’s two-time MLA Swati Khandokar,
“I’ve been given an enormous accountability. I’m a bit nervous too,” stated Dasgupta.
Actor Tanusree Chakraborty, who joined the BJP every week in the past, has been fielded together with actors Anjana Basu and Payel Sarkar.
Sarkar joined the BJP on February 25. She’s going to contest from Behala East towards the TMC’s Ratna Chatterjee who’s the estranged spouse of the ruling celebration’s former mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Chatterjee is now the BJP’s ballot observer for the Kolkata zone.
As had been predicted by many BJP leaders, former minster Rajib Banerjee has been fielded from the Domjur seat in Howrah district from the place he had received twice. Prabir Ghosal, the TMC MLA from Hooghly’s Uttarpara seat, who joined the BJP together with Banerjee, has been fielded from the identical seat.
Equally, octogenarian Rabindranath Bhattacharya, the TMC’s sitting MLA from Singur in Hooghly district, who joined the BJP on not being nominated, will now combat for the saffron camp towards his celebration colleague Becharam Manna, the incumbent from the adjoining Haripal seat,.
“Fielding as many as 4 sitting MPs signifies solely two issues. One, the BJP is by no means severe about successful the elections irrespective of many instances its high leaders might go to the state. If that isn’t the case then this has been executed solely to cease the infighting amongst old-timers and leaders who defected from the TMC in latest months,” stated Kolkata-based political science professor and election analyst Udayan Bandopadhyay.