No room for other unrecognised regional parties in Bengal, TN
The Assembly election results in West Bengal make it amply clear that there is no space for unrecognised regional parties of other States in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. In all, 11 regional political parties contested the Assembly polls have managed to get less than one per cent of the total vote share in the State and their vote share is less than NOTA, (None of the Above), an option which enables the voter to officially register a vote of rejection for all candidates who are contesting, is more than these parties.
In Tamil Nadu, 15 regional political parties have got less than one per cent of the total vote share.
At least ten parties’ vote share is “zero per cent” of the total vote share.
Buoyed by winning 5 of the 20 seats it contested in the 2020 Bihar State polls and retain 44 seats in the high-octave Hyderabad civic polls, Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) which contested in Itahar, Jalangi, Sagardighi, Bharatpur, Malatipur, Ratua and Asansol has failed to dent the Muslim votes in Bengal. Bahujan Samaj Party also failed to dent dalit votes as they preferrd to go with the Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Voters of Tamil Nadu also rejected Owaisi as it got “zero percent” of the total vote share in the State.
According to the Election Commission data, NOTA got 1.09 per cent vote share in the State.
All India Forward Bloc got 0.59 percent vote share; AIMIM ( 0.02 percent); AJSU ( 0.06 percent); Bahujan Samaj Party (0.36 per cent); CPI 9 0.25 per cent); CPI (ML)(L) (0.02 per cent); IUML (0.00 per cent); Janata Dal (United) ( 0.02 per cent); Lok Janshakti Party (0.01 per cent); NPEP (0.1 per cent ); RSP (0. 22 per cent) and others 3.82 per cent.
In Bengal, wherein Left Front-have significant presence during agitation and protests against the ruling Government, it has miniscule presence when comes to voting.
The Left Front — a coalition of communist parties — was in power for 34 years in Bengal, and was considered invincible until 10 years back, showed pathetic performance. “Lorai, lorai, lorai, chai, lorai kore bachte chai,” (Fight, fight, fight, we want to live fighting) — the war cry of the Communists in Bengal no longer resonates in Bengal now.
“The basic reason for this is they have lost connect with the masses, which is reflected in their declining vote share in the state assembly.
The Left Front’s unruly championing of labour rights ensured the flight of capital as strikes, gheraos and cussed trade unions became the order of the day. Today, Left leaders in Bengal are still living in the past,” said a school principal of Matia Burz area in Kolkata. The Congress has managed to get only 2.91 per cent vote share of the total vote.
Courtesy : The Pioneer