Lok Sabha preparations: Trinamool to woo tribal voters of North Malda

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
25 Oct 2018

Taking note of the considerable growth in BJP’s organization in different parts in Malda north parliamentary constituency especially the tribal-dominated areas, Trinamool Congress is planning to go for special drive to win hearts of the voters keeping in view the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, who is also the Trinamool observer for Malda will hold a series of workers’ meeting on October 28 in Old Malda, Habibpur, Bamangola and Gazole.
“Party workers have been asked to go door to door so that large turnouts can be ensured in those meetings. If the tribal people could be brought to the meeting, they would be surely convinced when Adhikari explains to them the benevolent schemes taken up by the state government for the community,” said Dulal Sarkar, working president of district Trinamool committee.
Notably, BJP fared better in Malda north than Malda south in last rural polls. It is clear that paying less attention to Muslim dominated Malda south Lok Sabha seat BJP is now eyeing Malda north where a large number of voters belong to tribal community.
In blocks like Habibpur and Bamangola BJP has got a traditional vote bank. Even in Gazole and Old Malda BJP’s electoral performance triggered panic in  Trinamool. In Malda that was regarded as a traditional citadel for Congress, BJP emerged as the second political party after Trinamool if the seat shares in all three tires of panchayet are taken into consideration.
Sensing that BJP would go all out to register their maiden victory in Malda north Lok Sabha seat, Trinamool leadership is also leaving no stone unturned.
Analysing the surging presence of BJP in tribal-dominated areas, Trinamool is also trying to penetrate in those areas tactically.
“Our workers have started contacting people. On one hand we are explaining our government’s pro-tribal policies and on the other we are exposing BJP’s anti-people policies. We believe that our campaign would yield results,” Sarkar said.
Trinamool leadership has already hinted that party would field candidates in both the Lok Sabha seats in Malda both of which have been won by Congress for decades.
BJP leadership is however confident. “No trick of Trinamool would work this time. People and especially the tribal community have already set mind. False promises by Trinamool would not melt their hearts,” said district BJP president Sanjit Mishra.
BJP leaders are also hopeful that Trinamool’s stand of contesting both traditionally Congress won Lok Sabhja seats would cost dear for the ruling party.