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Modi’s party will grow stronger in West Bengal

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Subject

The nationally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's ambitions in West Bengal state.

Significance

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last month issued a fresh challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as she turned attention to the 2021 state election. In the recent general election, the BJP won just four fewer parliamentary seats in West Bengal than Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Impacts

  • There will be frequent outbreaks of violence between TMC and BJP cadres in West Bengal.
  • Banerjee will encourage external investment in the state and promise new jobs, hoping to appeal to voters.
  • The BJP’s rhetoric over immigration could strain India’s relations with Bangladesh.
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