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Eye on polls, TMC forms separate cells for SC, ST and OBCs

Ahead of the meeting elections, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has fashioned separate cells for the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. The get together plans to kind one other unit for the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to wrest energy from TMC after rising because the state’s second-biggest within the 2019 nationwide polls, has separate models for these communities. The TMC had solely such unit however that too remained just about defunct until the get together considered reviving it after the Lok Sabha elections.

“While the SC and ST cells have been already formed, the OBC cell would be formed soon with active and aware leaders of the communities so that they do not remain as defunct cells but set up proper mechanisms to highlight the demands and grievances of the communities,” mentioned a TMC chief, who didn’t wish to be named.

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The TMC’s tally of Lok Sabha seats declined within the state from 34 to 22 within the 2019 polls. The BJP’s rose from two to 18 due to its rising assist among the many three communities.

“…the BJP has gained from the community-specific work of [its parent organisation] the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Of Bengal’s 84 seats reserved for the SC and ST communities, the BJP was leading in 46 seats, while TMC was ahead of others in 37 [in 2019],” mentioned a TMC legislator.

RSS works particularly amongst these communities by way of organisations similar to Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Shree Hari Satsang Samiti, and Sewa Bharati. Bengal BJP’s refugee cell and RSS’ Bastuhara Sahayata Samiti has been energetic amongst Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.

“The TMC’s three cells would aim to give special focus to all the communities giving fair representation to the leaders of these communities. Special attention would be given to communities such as the Rajbongshi, Matua, and Namashudra who might have felt unheard when there was one just one umbrella [body],” mentioned one other TMC chief.

BJP leaders, together with Union residence minister Amit Shah and nationwide president JP Nadda, have been visiting these communities throughout their visits to the poll-bound state. They have had lunches with members of those communities.

Backward courses account for one-third of Bengal’s inhabitants of 90.3 million, based on the 2011 census. About 23.5% of the state’s inhabitants belongs to SC communities and 5.8% to STs. About 7% of the state’s inhabitants is of OBCs, based on state authorities information.

BJP chief Samil Bhattacharya mentioned the TMC has been unmasked and is attempting to idiot the folks by taking some beauty measures. “All these communities have made up their minds. The TMC is nearing its end.”

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