Campaigning ends for fourth phase of West Bengal polls amid intense battle between BJP and TMC

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Kolkata: The campaigning for the 4th signifier of the West Bengal Assembly elections ended connected Thursday (April 8) aft witnessing an aggravated tussle betwixt the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Voting for the 4th signifier of the West Bengal Assembly elections volition commence connected April 10, covering 44 constituencies successful 5 districts - Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, South 24 Parganas, Howrah, and Hooghly.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was mostly the lone large look for the ruling enactment during the canvass campaigns, but the BJP brought retired its large guns to springiness the TMC supremo a pugnacious competition, with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, nationalist president of the enactment JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah campaigning each out.

Amit Shah held respective high-profile roadshows successful West Bengal, which witnessed a monolithic assemblage turning the electoral fever successful BJP`s favour. The Home Minister was besides seen having a repast astatine a rickshaw puller`s nonmigratory successful Domjur. "I visited lone 1 gram panchayat, but the benignant of enthusiasm that I saw determination I americium assured that Rajib Banerjee volition triumph with a majority," helium told ANI connected Wednesday.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister contiguous announced that aft BJP clinches triumph successful the elections, the enactment volition make `anti-Romeo` squads and enactment `TMC Romeos` down bars, adding "To safeguard the interests of sisters and daughters, BJP volition make Uttar Pradesh-like anti-Romeo squads successful Bengal and enactment each TMC Romeos down bars," portion addressing a nationalist gathering successful Hooghly.

Slamming the Bengal Chief Minister, Adityanath questioned wherefore Banerjee was irritated with `Jai Shree Ram` slogans, saying that "anyone who dares to combat Ram has to look atrocious results". He further said, "On May 2, Bengal volition get state from the TMC government. TMC goons volition beryllium taken by the law. Surely, the parties similar Congress, CPM and TMC volition decidedly springiness extortion to the criminals, but they volition beryllium sent down the bars."

BJP main JP Nadda besides intensified the onslaught against TMC by saying that the authorities has decided to springiness Mamata Banerjee immoderate remainder by giving BJP a accidental to service radical here, adding "The gathering astatine this lawsuit indicates that the radical are anxious to bring BJP into powerfulness successful the state. They are saying that `Mamata ji ko aaram do... BJP ko kaam do` (Give Mamata ji immoderate remainder and fto BJP work)." 

Nadda besides commented that the radical of the authorities person turned against `tolabaaji` (extortion) and corruption and that BJP unsocial tin amended the instrumentality and bid concern here.

Former TMC curate and BJP`s campaigner from the Domjur constituency, Rajib Banerjee besides slammed the Chief Minister for betraying the spot of the radical of West Bengal, saying that her purpose of `Badla nahi badlav` has taken a backmost seat.

"I was archetypal 1 to rise dependable against corruption successful the Amphan relief. Bengal trusted Banerjee (Mamata). When you (Mamata Banerjee) accidental `Khela Hobe`, what bash you mean by that? It means that you volition loot the votes conscionable similar CPI(M)," Rajib Banerjee said.

On lowering the barroom of sermon successful campaigns, Rajib Banerjee said the connection utilized by the CM shocked him to the core, adding that BJP volition decidedly triumph 12 retired of 16 constituencies successful Howrah. However, Mamata Banerjee called herself `the Bengal tigress` who would not crook easily. She held respective nationalist rallies up of the 4th phase, launching a bid of attacks against the rival party.

Speaking astatine a nationalist gathering successful Cooch Behar connected Wednesday, Banerjee said: "They (BJP) volition bring goons from Assam. They volition detonate bombs and endanger people. Do not beryllium afraid. They bash not privation our mothers and sisters to vote. Central forces are blocking your mothers and sisters from voting."

She besides alleged that BJP volition make detention camps similar the ones successful Assam and urged radical to not person Bengal into Gujarat, adding "We volition not fto Gujaratis seizure Bengal. Bengal volition enactment successful Bengal, we volition not fto goons from Gujarat instrumentality implicit Bengal." 

After the Election Commission of India (ECI) issued her a announcement for asking for votes connected communal grounds, the TMC supremo challenged the bid and said she volition proceed to inquire radical to ballot unitedly against BJP. 

Speaking astatine a nationalist rally successful Domjur, Banerjee said: "Even if 10 amusement origin notices are issued against me, my reply volition stay the same. I americium telling everyone to ballot unitedly, determination volition nary division. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians, bash not springiness a azygous ballot to them.

"Hitting retired astatine Rajib Banerjee, who is contesting from the Domjur constituency for BJP, Mamata Banerjee said: "I apologise to the radical of Domjur for allowing Gaddar Mir Zafar (Rajib Banerjee) to record information successful the past predetermination from this constituency. That traitor stole money. When helium was Irrigation Minister I had received a ailment truthful I removed him from that station and made him Forest Minister, helium asked maine for an engineering department, truthful that helium could instrumentality much commission."

"Bengal volition ne'er beryllium yours, this is Rabindra-Nazrul`s Bengal, this is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose`s Bengal, this is Raja Ram Mohan Roy`s Bengal, this is Ambedkar`s Bengal. BJP, you volition ne'er get this Bengal," she proclaimed.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) had asked the Chief Minister to explicate her basal wrong 48 hours aft receiving the notice, failing which it shall "take a determination without further notation to you".

TMC has besides roped successful actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan, who volition bash roadshows and rallies from April 8 to 11 for the ruling party. During her visit, she heaped praise connected Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the TMC supremo is "fighting against each atrocities" and her rivals person not been capable to interruption her resoluteness "to marque Bengal the champion successful the world".

The authorities is witnessing a contention betwixt the ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP and the `Sanjukta Morcha` of comprising the Left, ISF and Congress.

Although the Sanjukta Morcha has been comparatively quieter than the 2 main parties, Congress person Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary took a leafage retired of the BJP`s publication by saying that aft observing the situation, the radical had decided that `Ab ki baar, Sanjukta Morcha ki sarkaar` (Next time, it volition beryllium Sanjukta Morcha`s government).

A full of 373 candidates volition instrumentality portion successful the upcoming signifier of polls, retired of which implicit 20 per cent of candidates person declared superior transgression cases against them. The 5th signifier of the elections volition instrumentality spot connected April 17, portion the counting of votes volition commence connected May 2. 

(With Agency Inputs)

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