Mamta Coins ‘Hindutva Versus Hilsa’ Jibe to Counter BJP
As Bengal gets more and more polarized with the arrival of the BJP as a potent political force, identity politics too seems to gain momentum in the state. For long, Bengalis have considered the BJP as a party of the Hindi heartland, but now with Amit Shah declaring Bengal as the final frontier, BJP is aggressively wooing ethnic Bengalis using Hindu nationalism, raking up issues like minority appeasement, Bangladeshi immigration, etc.
Hounded by these developments CM Mamata Banerjee has asked her party workers to engage with the Hindu community over religious events like Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti. However, the Assam NRC report has provided the Trinamool Congress supremo with a unique opportunity to counter the BJP’s communal narratives. To counter BJP’s communal card, she aims to push a larger Bengali secular narrative, where the community unites based on its linguistic identity, casting aside the religious divide.