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5 must reads on Mamata Banerjee and her fight to keep Narendra Modi out of West Bengal

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 2:19pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 Why the election-related violence in West Bengal is not surprising
According to Election Commission polling schedule, voting in Bengal, unlike other states, was spread across five phases. One of the explanations given was the state had many constituencies and booths that were found to be extremely sensitive and vulnerable to violence. However, unsurprisingly, the violence has never stopped.

#2 Will the sudden uproar on Saradha Scam affect Mamata Banerjee's fortune in Bengal this Lok Sabha Elections?
Nothing could better sum up the multi-crore money laundering Saradha scam investigation which is the last one year has created more questions than delivered answers to the people. TMC might find it almost impossible to negate its own closeness to Saradha, with Mamata Banerjee accepting all its “donations” of ambulances, bikes etc to be taken to Junglemahal. It had invested more than Rs 1.5 crore in buying Banerjee’s paintings.

#3 Peace in Maoist-dominated Junglemahal: Is it another of Mamata Banerjee's great propaganda?
Since the government changed in Bengal in 2011, Mamata Banerjee has claimed restoring Junglemahal as one of her biggest success stories. The claim is founded on reality to a great extent: most of the “Maoist” leaders are in jail, in the past two years not a single person has dies in the area due to political violence.

#4 If not Mamata Banerjee's TMC, who should West Bengal vote for?
It is highly probable that Bengal will vote more in favour of the BJP than it has done in the past, but gaining a substantial majority throughout the state is impossible because of the lack of grassroots organisation structure in the state. Though the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi promised in a recent rally to show people “real paribartan”, any sweeping change seems improbable right now.

#5 In North Kolkata, Congress hopes for low turnout 
Even though the campaign manager for Congress' Kolkata North candidate Somen Mitra believes that his candidate has a fair chance of winning, there is a big "if". That "if" is whether the Trinamool Congress manages to prevent voters from going to polling booths though violence and intimidation.




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