West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee struggles to retain supremacy against a resurgent BJP under Modi-Shah

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Seven seats of West Bengal are going to poll on Monday. Four major parties are in the fray but this time the main contest appears to be between ruling All India Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee and a resurgent BJP under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. While Mamata Banerjees Trinamool Congress had won 6 of these 7 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha Election, BJP had won just one seat Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo won from Asansol Lok Sabha seat last time. However, this time chief minister Mamata has made the battle in Asansol a prestige issue for her party. She has replaced Dola Sen who last to Babul Supriyo last time. Mamata then sent Dola Sen to the Rajya Sabha. This time West Bengal chief minister has fielded famous actress Munmun Sen against Babul Supriyo. Last time Babul Supriyo had bagged nearly 4.2 lakh popular votes, 37% of the total votes polled in 2014. Dola Sen was a distant second with 3.49 lakh votes or little over 30% of the total votes. While CPM candidate Bansa Goapal Chowdhary was third with 2.55 lakh votes, Congress candidate Indrani Mishra READ ALSO: Securing world TMC has won six of seven seats last time as the party under the charismatic leadership of Mamata Banerjee went on to win 34 of total 42 seats in the state, an improvement of 15 seats. TMC READ ALSO: Blood soaked history of political violence in West Bengal In 2014, CPM was at the second position with nearly 30% popular votes against 39% popular votes won by Trinamool Congress. BJP was third with 17% vote share, followed by Congress which had bagged 9.5% popular votes. However, this time BJP is hoping to unsettle the electoral arithmetic in the state. The party hopes to cover for any possible loss from West Bengal that it might suffer in Hindi heartland states. Improving his party READ ALSO: Pie in the sky? Rahul Gandhi will need Rs 17-18 lakh crore to implement Congress manifesto