Kolkata: The BJP, which won 3 seats in the 2016 assembly elections, has won 77 seats in West Bengal this time. In Nandigram, BJP candidate Shubhendu Adhikari defeated CM Mamata Banerjee. On May 10, 2021, the BJP elected Shubhendu as the leader of the party legislature party. Shubhendu has since outlined future strategies in an article written for a media institute.
In the article, he blamed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the post-poll violence in the state, calling it an insult to the mandate. Shubhendu has said that the state has recently celebrated the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, who said, "The mind is without fear, high head", but in today's Bengal, the minds of the people are not free and their heads are also bowed in shame in view of the current situation. Shubhendu criticized the violence by TMC workers by marking BJP supporters after the election victory and wrote, "A sitting Union minister was attacked by goons who belonged to the ruling party. It was not the only such incident. Violence continued unabated across the state".
Shubhendu further wrote that TMC insulted the mandate and spread terror all over Bengal and every effort was made to destroy the culture of democracy. He said "The people of Bengal had given a clear mandate to TMC to rule, not to spread terror across the state". Further he said, 'A lot has to be done at the Government level. The corona has to be brought under control. But the top leadership-backed TMC cadres are doing everything possible to destroy the culture of democracy in the State. The West Bengal CM was so busy at his rallies that he did not find it wise to attend the Covid meetings organised by PM Modi'.