From across two 35-ft statues of Bose and Gandhi near Phoolbagan in East Kolkata, inaugurated in September, stand those of Tagore and Sister Nivedita. Over 20 new statues have come up in North Kolkata alone, while more are planned for the southern part of the city.
The Assembly seat in Uttar Dinajpur district, bordering Bangladesh, has been a Congress stronghold. But after the BJP won Raiganj Lok Sabha seat in May 2019, no one doubted the BJP’s fair chance to register an upset in this Assembly segment that has 70 per cent Hindu population.
“The TMC has always been saying that it is their seat. They have proved today why it is their seat. You have all seen what happened on the polling day. Even I was not spared. TMC with the help of goons and police made a farce of the bypoll,” said BJP’s Joy Prakash Majumdar.
The decimation of the Left Front and Congress, which fought the bypolls in an alliance, seems to have worked in the TMC's favour. Many believe that the bulk of the Left-Congress vote went to the Trinamool.
West Bengal Bye-Election Results 2019: In the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won 18 seats from 2 seats in 2014 while the TMC won 22 seats from 34 seats in 2014. However, within six months from the general election, the BJP failed to repeat its electoral success.
"A state government looks after policy implementation. NRC was held in Assam as it was a part of Assam Accord and there is a BJP government there. But here, we run the government," Mamata Banerjee said.