West Bengal has always been witness to political controversy but the recent elections have really captured the nation – whether it is the public back and forth of the two prime candidates, Mamata Banerjee’s injuries or the relentless accusations being thrown around.
Mamata Banerjee, better known as Didi, first came to our attention as the woman who took over West Bengal with a landslide win for Trinamool Congress. But notoriety and devotion seem to follow her relentlessly. Reports of a brutal attack on the 70 year old mother of a BJP worker perpetrated by Banerjee and murder in broad daylight of people who dare to speak ill of her have led the media to brand her governance as ‘Jungle Raj’.
However, the BJP does not stand far behind in their line of controversies. Violent clashes in Kolkata which were sparked between the parties after the police tried to stop a BJP’s victory march, left 4 dead. Add to this that Rakesh Singh, BJP representative, was recently arrested in one of the 27 criminal cases he has against him – and we have quite a spicy conflict ahead of us, promising to be as entertaining as it will be disturbing.
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