Lalgarh: In this former Maoist hotbed, TMC's new challenge is BJP

LALGARH: The BJP Is Present In This Once-Maoist Hotbed Despite A Dominant Presence Of The Mamata-Banerjee-led TMC, The Left Front Promising ' Poriborton ' (change).

Several Local Residents, Amongst Thousands Of People Who Joined A Movement In 2008 To Express Their Anxiety With The Then CPM Government Led By Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Say They Have A New Change In This Part Of West Bengal To Feel.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Marks Point ' Haats ' (local Markets) And Villages, And Its Distinctive Blue Can Be Seen On Walls Of Various Branches, Even Schools And Security Outposts Here.

But At Lalgarh 's's Bustling Tea Stables And Markets, The Debate About The TMC's Challenge Is Underway In This Former CPM Stronghold.

The BJP That Emerges In Lalgarh And The Surrounding Areas Has Not Gone Unnoticed By The TMC Chief, Who Has Completely Revised The Leadership At Grassroot Level Before 2019 Lok Sabha Polls In An Attempt To Earn The Goodwill Of People.

It Was A Shock For Us To See That The BJP Received So Much Traction In The (Jhargram) District After Last Year's Panchayat Polls. It Hadn't Done Any Work In The Area Yet ... We Relied On The Development That The TMC Has Introduced Since 2011, Jyoti Prasad Mahato, A Local TMC Leader, Said.

In The Jhargram District, TMC Lost 28 Grams Of Panchayats Out Of 79.

Part Of The Jhargram Lok Sabha Constituency And District, It Was In 2008 That This Dusty Corner Of Bengal, Around 170 Km From Kolkata, Became The Hotbed For The Ultras And Later, A Left Wing Extremism, Which After Continuous Crackdown By Security Forces A Natural Death In 2011 - The Year The TMC Came To Power

" Schedules That Have Been Announced By The Center Haven ' T Have Reached Us And The State Announced Results Are Only Favorable For People That Agree With The TMC. Why Should We Require No Change, Now There Is An Alternative, Sushma Mahato Said, Rolling Tendu Leaves In Bidi For Her Clay Hut.

In Following From Sushma ' S Opinion, A Villager Said," When TMC Won The Jhargram Chair, We Had No Other Party To Protect Our Interests. Well, We Do. We Don't Want They To Feel That They Are Right To Our Votes. They Must Keep Their Promises. "

In 2014, TMC ' S Uma Soren Destroyed The CPM Pulin Bihari Baske Jhargram And Ended The 42-year Domination By The Left Party In The Constituency. This Time The TMC Birbha Soren Disconnected Against CPM ' S Deblina Hembram And BJP ' S Kunar Hembram.

While Deblina Is Known For Her Fiery Speeches, Kunar, His Party People, Say The Polls Win Because There Is An Anti-mama Wave And People Want Change.

However, Some Changes Cannot Remain Unnoticed.

And Mud Roads, Which Security Forces Cautiously Bury Buried IEDs, Are Now Paved With Asphalt And Infrastructure Development In Binpur-1 Block, Which Includes Lalgarh, Is At Full Speed.

The Banerjee-led Government Has Also Delivered About 25,000 Cycles Under The Sabuj Sathi Scheme, Has Built About 30 Health Centers, And About 1,300 Self-help Groups Have Entered Into A Block.

The Facelift That You See Here Is Just That - An Outer Shell. What Will We Do With It If We Have No Jobs And Food To Eat?" Sushma Asked.

It Was Banerjee ' S Promise Of Change That Brought Her To Power In Lalgarh Who Longed For Things Like Jobs, Food, Water, Electricity And Connectivity.

But Two Elections And One Lok Sabha Elections Since Banerjee Came To Power, Another Resident Said That" There Is A Strong Sense Of Distrust Between The TMC And The People Here" .

Nothing Has Reached Us. People Are Civilian Volunteers Made, But Only Those Connected To The Reigning Party Have Benefits. Local TMC Leaders Are So Corrupt That They Take Money From Us To Provide Even Basic Benefits, The Resident Said.

People Said They Are More Concerned About Their Basic Needs Than About The Politics Or Violence Associated With Them, As The Day Of The Election Gets Closer. Jhargram Goes To Polls On May 12.

This Time There Is A Direct Match Between The BJP And The TMC, But The Ruling Party In Bengal Is The Dominant Force, Said A Member Of A Local Group.

The Saffron Party Has Quietly Worked And Has Left Its Mark Here, He Said.

Even TMC ' S Jyoti Prasad Said, BJP Worked So Quietly, Pumped Up In Money That We Didn't Even Know What Was Going On. "

Every Police Station In The Area - Lalghar, Binpur, Belpahari And Goaltorh Has More Than 200" Government Volunteers" .

" These Men Are Not To Help Us, But To Spy On Us. Who We Talk, What We Tell Them. Who Comes Here To Campaign, What They Promise Us. The Maoist Revival To Everything," A Villager Said And Claimed That There Were Three Volunteers In His Area.

Rani Mahato Water Comes Here For An Hour In The Morning And In The Evening, People Have To Wait.

It Depends On The Grilling And Fantasies Of The Man Releasing The Water. We Are Not Unhappy With Didi (as Banerjee Is Popularly Known), But Her Husband Should Have A Lesson Here, She Said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi And Other Senior BJP Leaders Have Held Various Bengal Rallies, Including In Jhargram, To Counteract The Heavy Presence Of The Prevailing TMC.

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