Lok Sabha polls: Bengali pride is hurt, Mamata steps up attack against PM

'They will not give it (BJP) a single vote .... It will be very surprising if Modi gets a single vote from Bengalis,' Mamata Benerjee said

Lok Sabha Elections 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee. Photo: PTI

Election campaigning ended nearly a day earlier than scheduled for the last phase of polling in West Bengal on Thursday evening, with Tuesday’s destruction of the bust of 19th century Indian renaissance icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar dominating the political discourse. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which over the past several months had kept its political plank focused on stoking a stronger sense of Hindu identity among the electorate of the state to counter the Trinamool Congress’ plank of Bengali identity, felt compelled to neutralise the Mamata Banerjee-led ...