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NRC, Citizenship Bill sealed divided BJP's fate in West Bengal by-polls

While the Saffron outfit drew a blank, archrival TMC took all three seats riding on the same issues

BJP gears up to celebrate likely victory in Maharashtra Assembly elections (Photo- Kamlesh Pednekar)
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Avishek Rakshit Kolkata
The twin issues of the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Bill took a huge toll on an organisationally weak BJP, which lost all the seats it contested. Ironically, the saffron party's archrival TMC took all the three constituencies in Kharagpur Sadar, Kaliaganj and Karimpur.

While the BJP leadership in the state has been accusing TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee of misguiding the people on NRC and spreading lies about the saffron party, some of its key members admit that the NRC issue, together with factionalism, dampened the party’s prospects in this state.

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First Published: Nov 30 2019 | 3:03 PM IST

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