4 MPs, actors, defectors, and an economic expert, BJP raises stakes in

The BJP on Sunday announced that it will field former chief financial adviser to the central federal government and member of the 15th Financing Commission, Ashok Lahiri, from the Alipurduar seat, and minister of state for Environment, Forest and Environment Change Babul Supriyo from Tollygunge versus TMC minister Arup Biswas, and former reporter Swapan Dasgupta from Tarakeshwar assembly constituency.Lahiri who retired as executive director of Asian Advancement Bank (ADB ), Manila, on June 30, 2013, and had stints with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund informed ET: “I think the state has a great deal of potential, and if given an opportunity I will wish to do something about it.”

In the ST-dominated Alipurduar constituency which has numerous tea estates, Lahiri is pitted versus TMC’s sitting MLA Sourav Chakraborty who surveyed over 44% of votes in 2016, and was recently in a controversy for taking Covid-19 vaccine regardless of not being a frontline employee.

The BJP has actually likewise fielded 2 other MPs—- Locket Chaterjee from Chuchura against TMC MLA Asit Mazumdar and Nisit Pramanik versus Udayan Guha, previously with the Forward Bloc MLA from Dinhata, who signed up with TMC in 2015, and is a two-time MLA.The TMC has given nomination to just one MP—- Manas Ranjan Bhunia to object to from Sabang assembly seat in Paschim Medinipur district. Swapan Dasgupta will contest versus Ramendu Sinha Roy, the Hooghly district president of TMC and likewise the president of the farmers body which is part of TMC.Many Hindu groups, and the BJP had actually knocked Mamata Banerjee of injuring spiritual sensibilities when she appointed senior minister Firhad Hakim as the chairman of the Tarakeshwar advancement board to monitor all work associated to the Tarakeshwar temple, which is a popular 288-year-old Shiva temple, in 2017. The BJP revealed 63 names out of 75 seats that will go to the polls on April 6 and April 10. More MPs and BJP top leaders are expected to object to the elections.There are 31 seats in the third stage and 44 seats in the 2nd stage and covers Howrah, Hooghly, South 24 Parganas where the TMC is strong, and in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar where the BJP made gains in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Addressing an interview at the BJP head office, party basic secretary Arun Singh, stated that in all the poll-bound states, the trend remains in favour of the BJP. He said candidates were settled at the conference over the weekend convened by celebration national JP Nadda of the election committee which was participated in by PM Narendra Modi TMC leaders who signed up with the BJP recently, consisting of former minister Rajib Banerjee, Dipak Haldar, Prabir Ghoshal and 88 year-old Rabindra Bhattacharya who was just recently denied a ticket, have been declared as prospects for the seats they won in 2016—- Domjur, Diamond Harbour, Uttarpara and Singur respectively.The prospect for Bally constituency has actually not been revealed yet. MLA Vaishali Dalmiya just recently signed up with the BJP. The celebration has not yet revealed the prospect for Behala west to handle TMC minister Partha Chaterjee. A variety of actors who joined the BJP recently have actually likewise been fielded. These consist of Yash Dasgupta from Chanditala in Hooghly, Payel Sarkar from Behala, Tanushree Chakraborty from Shyampukur in Howrah and Anjana Basu from Sonarpur Dakshin seat.Other well-known prospects included in the BJP list are Indranil Khan, a physician from Kasba and previous journalist Rantidev Sengupta.Sonali Guha, when a close Mamata Banerjee assistant and four-time MLA, who signed up with the BJP just recently was not provided a ticket from Satgachia.The announcement came with its reasonable share of drama, as not long after the celebration revealed actor Payel Sarkar from Behala East, former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chaterjee and his partner Baisakhi Banerjee who signed up with the BJP in 2017 gave up the celebration, implicating the celebration of humiliating them.Chaterjee’s estranged better half Ratna is the TMC candidate from Purba Behala seat that Sovan had won in 2011 and 2016. Political scientist Sajjan Kumar said the BJP has actually fielded stars and at least 2 MPs have been fielded from difficult seats. “It is a good move as actors and MPs are expected to generate their extra 5-10% votes. It makes good sense to give difficult seats to them. With regards to BJP in Bengal, disallowing a few constituencies, it is the demography and not the prospect that is likely to matter.”TMC representative and MP Sougata Roy said, from the list it was clear that the BJP does not have prospects to eliminate the assembly surveys which’s why it is depending on its sitting MPs.A senior BJP leader, on condition of privacy, told ET that Lahiri and numerous other MPs are being nominated to guarantee the people of a strong government if the party wins.Names of more MPs, especially from locations such as Malda and Dinajpur are expected to be chosen in the coming days, and even experienced strategist such as Mukul Roy, and actor Mithun Chakraborty who signed up with the BJP just recently could be asked to contest. “The party is doing whatever it can for success. It is being discussed how Mithun-da’s candidature from North Kolkata can assist the celebration as he has many fans there.”

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