Addressing a public meeting in Purulia, Modi promised jobs, education and development if the BJP is voted to power for “double engine” growth — in the state and Centre — and took a swipe at the TMC election slogan of ‘Khela hobe’ (Game on).
Citing the 10th Schedule of the Constitution which says that a nominated Rajya Sabha member stands to be disqualified if he or she joins any political party, the TMC said it will be writing to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for Dasgupta's disqualification from the Upper House.
In his letter to the EC, the former state minister and Mamata Banerjee's protege, Suvendu Adhikari, claimed that she had suppressed information about five cases filed against her in Assam and another by the CBI in West Bengal.
Senior party leaders Shiv Prakash, Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh were heckled by a section of irate party workers who were demanding change in party candidates of several Assembly seats. Angry party workers even tried to break into the party office but were stopped by police.
Besides 63 names in West Bengal — for 27 seats out of 31 voting in the third phase on April 6 and 36 out of 44 voting in the fourth phase on April 10 – the party also announced candidates for 112 seats in Kerala, and 17 seats each in Tamil Nadu and Assam.
Bengal elections: BJP national general secretary Arun Singh Sunday announced names of the party’s candidates in 27 seats out of 31 for the third phase, and in 36 seats out of 44 going to polls in the fourth phase.
The alliance is being seen as a shot in the arm for the Congress-Left alliance, which got only 13% of the votes and two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. With the ISF’s support, the parties hope to win back some of the lost ground.
A Masters in Political Science, who was a member of the CPM student wing SFI in her university days, Minakshi Mukherjee is among the several young faces the Left has picked to add some life into the alliance's campaign.
Several other leaders including TMC MP Pratima Mondal's sister Jayashree Mondal and Bengali film actor Bonny Sengupta too joined the BJP at the party's Hastings office in the presence of West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and party leader Rajib Banerjee.