In battleground West Bengal, the BJP, following its emphatic efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, made its intentions clear proper in the beginning – that they might go for the jugular. Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah mentioned the BJP was not simply taking a look at forming the federal government within the Mamata Banerjee-ruled state but additionally take the tally past 200 seats. And, subsequently, they did not depart any stone unturned.
The BJP determined to subject at the least 4 parliamentarians, a not-so-usual prevalence. One in every of them was Locket Chatterjee, who contested from Bengal’s Chinsurah, an meeting section in her personal Lok Sabha constituency.
Born in West Bengal’s Dakshineswar, the 46-year-old actor-turned-politician has been instrumental in constructing the BJP’s election equipment from floor up within the Trinamool Congress (TMC) bastion. Nonetheless, and really curiously, she, too, forayed into politics with the TMC earlier than severing ties in 2015 and becoming a member of the BJP.
Ms Chatterjee contested her first election, unsuccessfully, on a BJP ticket from Mayureshwar – an meeting constituency within the state’s Birbhum district – in the course of the 2016 meeting polls that the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC swept with 211 seats.
Nonetheless, it has been clean crusing since then for her. A yr after that loss, she changed Rupa Ganguly because the president of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha within the state and the 2019 Common Election outcomes noticed the BJP making deep inroads into the TMC citadel.
On the marketing campaign path, Locket Chatterjee got here below assault from the TMC chief in addition to different celebration representatives. In a tongue-in-cheek comment, with out naming Ms Chatterjee, the Bengal chief minister had mentioned that one of many BJP MPs is contesting from Chinsurah, including she would possibly go on to contest civic polls subsequent, adopted by the Gram Panchayat election after which the varsity board ballot. On April 10, Ms Chatterjee’s automotive – and people of the press – was allegedly attacked by a gaggle of offended locals at a polling sales space within the Hooghly district.
Unfazed, Locket Chatterjee ran, what will be described as, an uncommon however vibrant marketing campaign. Someday she was pedalling a bicycle, on one other, she was seen taking a journey on a bullock cart after which on a ship on the Hooghly river. But when the preliminary developments are something to go by, it would not look like a clean journey for Ms Chatterjee in Chinsurah. Not solely is she trailing behind Asit Mazumder (Tapan) of the TMC but additionally Ajanta Sarkar of SP(I), who’s presently within the second spot.
The ruling TMC in pole place to type the federal government has crossed the 200-mark. The BJP, alternatively, is main in 122 constituencies. It stays to be seen if ballot strategist Prashant Kishore will get his prediction of lower than 100 seats for BJP proper.