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BJP gains ground but hurdles remain : Lok Sabha elections 2019

“We want to ask the BJP, where is the Ram Mandir you promised? Is it in Australia or America?” Tushar Singh, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairman of the Baduria municipality under the Bashirhat Lok Sabha constituency.

The narrative was the same when we spoke to a young student wing worker of the TMC in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency. “If the BJP says they are a Hindu party, why did they not lead a movement for renovation of the community temple and pond?” he said, pointing to the temple behind his small mobile repair shop.

Ward No 7 in Bagbazar locality of Kolkata, which comes under the North Kolkata Lok Sabha seat, is an interesting place. Bapi Ghosh, the current TMC councillor, won the elections as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, but eventually defected to the TMC. Some people tell us that he would not have been allowed to work had he not done so.

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