Why is Bengal so important for the BJP

BJP LokSabha Election and Bengal

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections showed how dominant the BJP could be. This unprecedented win led by PM Narendra Modi earned the BJP a majority in the Lok Sabha.

The situation is not so clear-cut now. While there is still massive support for the BJP, it is still a shadow of its past.

BJP has hence changed their tactics to secure the maximum number of seats.

Modi Vs Banerjee

In the 2014 elections, BJP had secured a massive chunk of the seats in the Hindu dominated states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Delhi.

In these states, they were in control of 192 out of 226 seats. The present, though, is not as glorious as the past.

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The competition in the Hindi Heartland states has become more level headed.

west bengal bjp

In Uttar Pradesh due to the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party and the failure in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The political giant BJP is bound to lose small chunks of seats which may add up to a massive amount.

These failures need to be compensated. Even the seats in the North East won’t be enough to relive its past glory.

The BJP needed a state with the potential of securing a massive amount of seats with relatively less effort. The perfect candidate for these conditions was West Bengal.

BJP's Hope in West Bengal

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, at the peak of Narendra Modi’s influence, the West Bengal was almost influenced by the BJP.

They won 2 seats out of 42 with the majority secured by TMC with 34 seats. This created the potential for BJP to further pursue West Bengal and take advantage of the weak administrative control of The Left and the Congress.

BJP's Growth in Bengal

The BJP was quickly able to aggressively campaign and snatch the vote share of the Left and Congress making it the main opposition to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.

Now the constant battle between TMC and the BJP may ease some of the damage caused by the lack of votes in the Hindu-Heartland.

This has made Bengal extremely crucial for the national relevance of the party and winning in West Bengal will be crucial for its long term success.