PM Modi’s Growing Stature May Alter Political Landscape of Bengal

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 5th Feb.
Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are in a tough situation as West Bengal is now experiencing the nationwide impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With the growing popularity of PM Modi, the political landscape of West Bengal may alter. A recent poll on behalf of the BJP indicates that about 55% of Bengali voters support Modi’s candidacy for a third term as prime minister. The results imply that the BJP may have an advantage in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, which worries the TMC.

Survey done on various eminent political leaders

There were two to three thousand respondents from each of Bengal’s forty-two Lok Sabha seats in the survey, which were carried out in the second half of 2023. Questions were asked about respondents’ perceptions of Modi’s performance and who they thought would be the next Prime Minister. Modi’s unexpected popularity led the BJP to structure its policy around this unexpected boost in support for him.

Significant survey results show that 55% of respondents are in favor of Modi serving as Prime Minister again. Whereas, 5% of respondents indicated that they would support Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to be the next Prime Minister. However, Mamata Banerjee’s Future Outlook revealed that she would encounter resistance from Modi’s growing popularity, despite the fact that 20–25% of respondents believed Mamata could become prime minister. Nevertheless, 10-15% of participants thought Congressman Rahul Gandhi should be the head of state.

Concerns for TMC

Notwithstanding the TMC’s unwillingness to offer an official response, a senior party leader voiced concerns about the survey. Given that the poll indicates that West Bengal’s political landscape is shifting, Mamata Banerjee, a pivotal opposition figure, faces a difficult task in trying to overthrow a central BJP government.

The Election Agility

The TMC leads the rural vote and has a stronghold in the West Bengal legislature, but the survey raises questions about how the party will fare in the national elections. The TMC, which presently has five more Lok Sabha seats than the BJP, is challenged by the changing political inclinations of Bengal’s voters.

MP Approval Ratings

Meanwhile, interesting results emerged from concurrent polls concerning Lok Sabha members’ “approval rating.” The highest approval rating went to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a Congress MP from Baharampur, at 87%, followed by Abhishek Banerjee of the TMC at 80%. There was variation in the popularity of the BJP’s current parliamentarians as well.

All-encompassing and methodical Responses

In response to the survey, Mamata Banerjee has been provided with recommendations for a roster of potential Lok Sabha nominees. There are reportedly several nomination changes under consideration to take into account the changing political landscape.

According to the survey results, as Modi’s popularity rises, West Bengal’s political landscape might alter. West Bengal’s next Lok Sabha elections are predicted to be hotly contested and politically charged, with the BJP looking to take advantage of the situation and Mamata Banerjee hoping to hold onto power.

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