oppn parties BJP Bandh In West Bengal: Flop Show

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  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
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BJP Bandh In West Bengal: Flop Show

By Yogendra

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Sunil Garodia Yogendra is undecided whether he wants to be a writer. So he writes to see if he can be a writer. Ha Ha
The BJP bandh in West Bengal against the alleged police firing that killed two students in Islampur in Uttar Dinajpur district of the state was a total flop. Except some pockets, life was normal throughout the state. Government and private offices, schools, colleges and business establishments remained opened and public transport ferried commuters as usual. Around noon, the party took out several processions and some hooliganism was reported. A few buses were damaged and sit-ins were seen on train tracks. But the party ran out of steam soon and the state party president Dilip Ghosh called off the bandh two hours before schedule.

One hopes the BJP has learnt its lesson from the fiasco. It simply does not have the organizational strength in the state to make a success of a huge political initiative like a bandh. Then, the people of West Bengal have now shed their fears and with the solid backing of the administration, they were in no mood to disturb normal life for an issue they did not connect with. It chose a wrong issue to take on the might of the ruling TMC.

With its limited resources and support, the better way for the BJP would have been to take out rallies and hold street corner meetings in the entire state to highlight the issue and educate the people. The party perhaps thought that the controversy over the appointment of Urdu teachers in a school would appeal to its core Hindutva constituency, who would feel agitated over this. It thought it would colour this as another instance of minority appeasement by Mamata Banerjee. But the bandh was a flop and it seems the party has also lost some admirers.