Close on the heels of an ignominious fiasco in Maharashtra, came a stunning defeat for the BJP in the three by-elections to the West Bengal Assembly. It lost all the three seats including Kharagpur Sadar, which is one of the Assembly segments of the Medinipur parliamentary constituency won by the State BJP president Dilip Ghosh in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. The BJP candidate at Kharagpur Sadar was trounced by the Trinamool by a whopping margin of twenty thousand votes, much to the chagrin of Dilip Ghosh.
Before analysing the poll results in detail, one must put the record straight. The architect of BJP’s defeat was not the Trinamool Congress or its supremo, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The architect of the defeat was none other than Amitbhai Anilbhai Shah, the BJP president and the Home Minister of India.
Shah’s constant threats and fulminations that he would introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal, seek out and identify each and every ghuspethia (infiltrator) and throw them out, alienated the voters. Those whom he branded as ghuspethias are the millions of Hindus (and some Muslims) who had migrated to West Bengal after partition from the then East Pakistan and then from Bangladesh.