In Kakdwip area of the Sunderbans, a first-time voter has a Trinamool Congress (TMC) flag perched on his dilapidated house. But prod him and he would talk of his preference for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and say that he kept the TMC flag for “safety”.
“I rebuilt my house on my own without any help from the government,” he says, a stand echoed by many local residents. They say those connected to the TMC got relief money in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan that ravaged the area last May, while others — mostly poor residents — were left in the lurch.
“A political Amphan will come to the Sunderbans on April 1 and blow the Trinamool Congress away,” people in a crowd say in unison, voicing their anger over not getting relief material in the Amphan aftermath.
Four seats in the Sunderbans go to polls in round two (April 1) of the eight-phase elections in West Bengal. The area is considered a TMC stronghold. But this time there is anger on the ground because of the handling of the Amphan crisis, the alleged looting of relief material by local TMC leaders and a general lack of development that is evident here. The BJP is focusing on these issues to make an impact in the area.
News Source : News 18