The Trinamool Congress has opened all its cards for the West Bengal elections. Mamata Banerjee clearly expressed her intentions by taking women from cricket and film stars. People might say that Didi has deployed her warlords in political battle. Actually, Mamata Banerjee has given tickets to 50 women other than 42 Muslim candidates. Apart from this, TMC has placed 79 candidates from Scheduled Castes, 17 from Scheduled Tribes. Mamata Banerjee has fielded 9 stars as well. Let us understand Didi’s political mathematics.
While releasing the list of 291 candidates, Mamata Banerjee clearly stated that the tickets of 28 sitting MLAs have been cut. TMC relaxed leaders over the age of 80 years. However, sources say that the list also includes those leaders who have joined the BJP. At the same time, TMC showed confidence on 100 youth. Mamata’s direct objective is to focus on the young voters. TMC has tried to avoid any kind of controversy for three seats for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Focus on half the population
Mamta Banerjee has given 50 tickets to women candidates in the declared candidates for 291 seats. Didi has tried to give a political message to half the population of Bengal through this. Political experts believe that TMC is trying to bring women into its fold with this step.
Backward castes are also under watch
Didi has also tried to keep Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in their ranks. West Bengal’s population consists 30% of it’s people belonging to SC and ST communities. Political pundits believe that TMC has prepared a strategy to give a tough fight to the BJP by giving a large number of tickets to these two communities.
Attempt to woo people with stars
Mamata Banerjee has also played bets on stars associated with cricket and film industry. TMC has finalised the candidature of actresses like Sayantika from Bankura, Kanchan Malik from Uttarpada and cricketer Manoj Tiwari from Shivpur. Subsequently Didi has fielded Singer Aditi Munshi from Rajarhat alongwith Chandrima Bhattacharya from North Dum Dum.