Why BJP is reckless in occupying Bengal?

 After victory in Bihar, the ruling BJP has launched a reckless campaign to occupy West Bengal in the elections of May. 

The BJP-Sangha family feels that taking control of Bengal is not only necessary to establish dominance in India's domestic politics but also the regional equation. 

To this end, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has been re-appointed as West Bengal in-charge, former RSS propagandist Arvind Menon and BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya have been co-appointed. 

BJP president JP Nadda and senior party officials visited the state last week. From now on Shah and Nadda will come to this state frequently. 

An ‘electoral battle room’ is being set up to coordinate survey strategies, social media campaigns, candidate finalization and booth management strategies.

Bengal is very important for the BJP's plan to establish dominance in the East and North-East and finally in the whole of India. And the biggest obstacle to that project is Mamata Banerjee.

 A staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leader has become a symbol of unity against the central government's policy. She has vehemently opposed the GST, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or the National Registration of Citizens (NRC). 

Five national leaders, Farooq Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal, were sworn in as chief ministers for the second time since the founding of the Federal Front in 1996. 

But later in Uttar Pradesh, the opposition parties lost their position. Nitish returned to the NDA and Lalu was sent to jail. 

But Mamata stands firm to stop the march of BJP that came to her doorstep to hit. She also called the BJP an "outsider" in Bengal and said to Modi, "Bengal will rule only Bengal, not Gujarat."

Why is the main target "Bengal"?

After the formation of the federal government for the second time, West Bengal has become the main target of the Modi-Shah alliance after establishing control over all the important states of India either individually or by forming alliances. 

In particular, the Sangh Parivar does not want to keep any state bordering Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Nepal under Anti-BJP rule. The BJP-RSS policymakers have come a long way in achieving this goal.

 In India's most sensitive state of Kashmir, the formation of a coalition government with the PDM, a local party led by Mehbooba Mufti, was crucial to bring the state under the central rule and abolish autonomy.

 Not only as of the largest state but also as a border state of Nepal, the BJP considered it particularly important to come to power in Uttar Pradesh.

The importance of forming a government for the BJP in the Bangladesh-China border state of Assam became clear in the formation of the National Citizen Register or NRC, the main agenda of the BJP family. 

The BJP rule in Arunachal Pradesh was especially important in curbing Chinese influence. The formation of governments in Tripura and Meghalaya with the help of local parties was also an important step for the BJP. 

States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana are also important for the BJP. In Punjab, the BJP once formed a coalition government but is now out of power. The situation is similar in Maharashtra and Rajasthan. 

However, these states can be said to be in the hands of the BJP. Apart from this, after bringing Nitish into the alliance to win Bihar, there was no major obstacle. 

This time the BJP wants to use the same equation to bring West Bengal under control.

In the previous elections in 2016, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) retained a majority in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. 

Out of 294 elected seats, the party got 224 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 15 seats at that time. However, in the 2019 general elections, the BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. At this time Trinamool got 22 seats.

West Bengal is not only the second-largest state in India in terms of population but also at the junction of North-East India with the mainland of India. 

It shares borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. Not far away are China, Myanmar and Nepal. As a state, after Kashmir, Assam and West Bengal are the most populous Muslim regions in terms of population.

The main issue of the campaign is NRC
In 2019, the BJP-led central government passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) in the Indian Parliament, promising to grant citizenship to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh and providing them with housing. 

A Bengali pamphlet published by the BJP in January 2020 claimed that the National Citizenship Register would be applied to identify unregistered immigrants, but only Hindus, Sikhs and other non-Muslims would benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Act.

BJP policymakers believe that the state is most important for the implementation of the Sangh Parivar's master plan to remove Muslim voters from the civil list through the NRC. 

West Bengal has about 28 per cent of Muslim voters. The BJP wants to implement its NRC plan at four levels.

First, the blacklisting of Bengali Muslims by identifying them as mainly suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators. The next level is to suspend the Aadhaar card (ration card) and other civic benefits given to them. 

The third stage is to identify them as non-citizens and transfer them to concentration camps and confiscate their movable and immovable property. 

In the fourth stage, they will be pushed into the country where they will be identified as residents.

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been campaigning openly for the NRC since the 2016 state assembly elections.

 In the last Lok Sabha elections too, Modi-Shah has strongly said that the citizenship law will be implemented in Bengal. The law provides for the granting of citizenship to non-Muslims identified as infiltrators.

 The aim is to curtail the votes of Muslims voters. Analysis of the last Lok Sabha elections shows that the BJP has more support among Hindu voters than the Trinamool. And the Muslim vote is largely in favour of the Trinamool.

The BJP has said that ten to fifteen million infiltrators will be identified in the NRC process.

 If this happens, the Muslim electorate in West Bengal will naturally come down to less than 15 per cent. Bengalis, both Hindus and Muslims, have been included in the list of suspects due to the movement of AGP and Chhatra Parishad (Students' front) in Assam. 

Later, Hindus are being asked to assimilate into India under the Citizenship Act. In West Bengal, the target will be mainly Muslims. 

With the Trinamool government refusing to do so, the establishment of BJP rule has somehow become the goal of the Modi government.

The aim is to divide the state by involving popular Trinamool leaders in various corruption cases, economic gains and the formation of a new government.

 Also, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) is being encouraged to hold elections in the Muslim-majority 82 seats in West Bengal to divide the Muslim vote. 

Hyderabad-based AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi of India's Telangana state is preparing for elections in West Bengal. It can also cause headaches for the Trinamool. 

In Bihar, five of the party's candidates have become MPs but the opposition has reduced its seats to at least 20. 

As a result, the BJP alliance has been able to return to power. The same formula is being considered in West Bengal.

As part of its strategy, the BJP is trying to present itself as a single party defending Hindu interests by celebrating Hindu religious festivals with great pomp.

 At the same time, it wants to increase communal tensions by creating conflict. The Trinamool government is also being promoted as a government of minority appeasement. 

Using this campaign strategy, the leaders hope that their Hindutva party will be able to form a government in West Bengal in 2021.

In contrast, the Trinamool has several challenges on its way back to power. First, the Left Front may consider a seat deal with the grand alliance between the Congress and the Left Front if necessary so that the BJP does not move towards the alliance in any way. 

Similar agreements need to be made with AIIMIM. It remains to be seen how far Mamata can go in this direction.

Road to Bengal

In 2019, the BJP achieved great success for the first time. They won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and got 41 per cent of the vote. 

They have now come up with the slogan 'In nineteen we got (2019's election) Half,  In twenty-one, we will own all seats '. 

Earlier, the BJP's vote in the Assembly elections increased from 4 per cent in 2011 to 10.2 per cent in 2016.

 In at least 50 seats, the BJP lost by a margin of 20,000 to 50,000 votes. Based on two separate polls conducted in December last year and August 2020, Amit Shah has set an ambitious target for the BJP to win 200 of the 294 seats this time.

The BJP hopes that AIMIM's decision to contest the West Bengal elections could affect the Muslim vote in the nearly 100 seats. 

Although AIMIM in Bihar won five seats, it is feared that the danger they have created for the opposition in Bihar could happen in Bengal as well. And any split in the Muslim vote can only work for the BJP.

BJP's India Doctrine

The essence of the BJP's India doctrine is that India will be a Hindu-controlled territory for Hindus. 

And Hinduism means a cultural identity and bond which is manifested through the efforts to establish Ram Rajya (Kingdom of Lord Ram), Goraksha movement (Movement to save the life of mother cow) and various puja festivals. 

There will be non-Hindus with Hindu domination and identity. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has made this clear in several of his speeches.

The birthplace of this doctrine of Hindu renaissance was the Maratha region of Maharashtra and its environs. These Marathas were once known as Bargi (Raiders) in Bengal.

 Maratha bandits used to come to this region and loot everything. For this, there was a popular folk rhyme to put the children to sleep - 'The good boy slept, the neighbourhood became silent, Bargi (Raiders) came to the country / But the birds ruined the crops, then how could we pay tax to the Bargis? / '

It is not just a rhyme, behind it lies the history of the village after village being looted by this raiders. 

And these people were Marathas. Shivaji is identified as the lifeblood of the Maratha Hindu renaissance. Shiv Sena and RSS were formed and expanded by adopting his meditative ideas. 

Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first home minister, was a secret member of the movement and a prominent BJP politician.

Now the BJP and the Sangh Parivar want to establish this Hindutva control over the entire Indian administration.

 The targets are the Supreme Court and High Courts of India, the civil administration, the police administration, the intelligence agencies and various branches of the armed forces.

The Supreme Court ruling surrounding the Babri Masjid is seen as a major victory in achieving this goal. The BJP has awarded Justice Gogoi as a member of the Rajya Sabha (State Parliament). 

On the other hand, disciplinary action against the judge who directed the Delhi High Court to take action to control the Delhi riots is being identified as an important message to the judges.

The Sangh Parivar is moving ahead with a big plan to promote recruitment in the armed forces, police, civil administration and intelligence agencies. 

The background of the appointments made by the BJP in these institutions in the last decade has been specially checked and selected. 

Believers in Hindutva are being selected for important policy-making positions in intelligence agencies operating at home and abroad. 

The same policy is being followed in the appointment of judges of the High Court and the Supreme Court.

There has never been a precedent in the BJP's tenure in which the top brass of the Indian Armed Forces have come out of professional matters and given political speeches. 

The BJP could emerge as the sole political party controlling India in the long run if it is possible to implement the policies of the BJP and the Sangh family in the Indian governing power and the basic institutions of the state.

BJP's philosophy is to patronize the party by embracing the country's big industrial groups and corporate houses. As a result, the opposition parties of Hindutva politics are not able to organize in any way. 

Also, some international capitalist groups have made connections centring on corporate interests. If the BJP can government in West Bengal, it will be difficult to find an acceptable person to organize and lead the opposition in the next Lok Sabha. 

Mamata Banerjee has been able to turn herself into a central figure in the anti-BJP political alliance. This is also one of the main reasons for the BJP's aggressive campaign in Bengal.

And if the BJP rule is established in West Bengal, its effect will be more or less in neighbouring countries as well. This can be a big headache for a close neighbour, Bangladesh also, especially when it comes to implementing the NRC. 

And if any agenda like the establishment of Bangabhumi (a separatist movement to create a Bengali Hindu country for Bangladeshi Hindus in southwestern Bangladesh, envisioned by Banga Sena) The comes to the fore, the danger may be more terrible.

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