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The million-dollar question: Can BJP dethrone Mamata in West Bengal?

Though the BJP is running too close for comfort, populist schemes and support among Muslims may help Mamata Banerjee overcome the challenge

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Besides Suvendu Adhikari, nine MLAs — six from the TMC — and a Trinamool MP joined the BJP in Amit Shah’s presence on Saturday

Aditi Phadnis
A trickle is threatening to turn into a flood. Important leaders in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after Suvendu Adhikari’s exit. Worryingly for TMC leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, six sitting Trinamool MLAs and an MP, on Saturday, joined the BJP — a party which, until recently, had little presence in West Bengal. With the Assembly election barely five months away, what should we expect?
 
Can the BJP dethrone Mamata? This much is true that Mamata’s unquestioned popularity in the state has slid several notches, despite many popular programmes. Gone are the days

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First Published: Dec 20 2020 | 7:33 PM IST

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