Kolkata: The BJP may not have succeeded as expected in the West Bengal elections, but the biggest setback has been the Congress. The Congress, which won 44 seats in 2016, fell to zero this time. Senior party leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary has said that the Muslim vote went to trinamool Congress (TMC).
He further said that the Left has also transferred its vote to TMC. It was because of this that the Congress lagged so far behind. Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said, "TMC wanted to save power while BJP wanted to get power. There was nothing like that at stake for us. We were fighting for our survival". Accusing the BJP of polarisation, Adhir Ranjan said it had left no stone unturned but failed. He said, 'Muslim vote bank was polarised in areas like Murshidabad and Malda'.
Chaudhary said four youths were killed in central forces firing in Sitalkuchi, all of them Muslims. It was then that the polarisation intensified. Talking to media, Chaudhary said "TMC took advantage of the situation and polarised his votes. The Congress leader said women have expressed confidence in Mamata Banerjee while Muslims also believed in her".