Kolkata: West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: With over 75 per cent Muslim population, Murshidabad has been a Congress stronghold. Even during the 34-year-long Left regime, there has been no major impact in this stronghold. Moreover, both — the Congress and Left — had managed to win 18 out of 22 seats during the 2016 Assembly Elections and interestingly, the Congress alone won 14 seats. The Trinamool Congress could only win four seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party had to remain red-faced with “zero”.
However, as the change is inevitable, the situation turned in the 2019 General Election and the Congress and Left decided to go solo. It was a ‘roshogulla’ situation for the TMC and it won two out of three seats. It snatched one seat each from the Congress and Left. The Jangipur Lok Sabha, which the TMC snatched from Congress, is where the late President Pranab Mukherjee had been winning elections. After Mukherjee, this seat was captured by Congress twice. However, Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary indeed managed to maintain his control. He has been undefeated from the Murshidabad parliamentary constituency for 20 years. For the BJP, it was a sigh of relief that it managed to increase its vote percentage in the constituency
This time, the Congress, Left and India Secular Front (ISF) have joined the hands, and indeed they would get a benefit of it. But the vote bank, they are eyeing is already slipping towards the TMC. Muslim voters are trying to smell the situation. They have their own resolutions — vote should not be scattered. One the other hand, the BJP is hoping to take mileage on the ‘Modi wave’ and opponents’ internal disputes. However, the benefit would only be restricted to the voting percentage or would turn into a clear victory, it depends on time.
Mamta Banerjee tried to woo the people here by making Zakir Hussain, who won from Jangipur Assembly seat in Murshidabad district, Minister of State for Labour.
Murshidabad was once the capital of Bengal
Once the capital of Bengal, the Hazardwari palace of Murshidabad is a mirror of its glorious past. But, today people are forced to live in poverty. There are no proper means of employment here. Bidis are made in most homes. The Bhagirathi river divides this district into two parts. The main problem here is the erosion of this river. Every year the villagers at the river banks face extreme hardships. Their houses are destroyed, the crop is destroyed. People here are sorry that to date no government has found a solution to their problem. However, even such a big problem is not the focal point of the vote in the election.