The whole nation appears to be watching the west Bengal state assembly election. The election will be conducted in 8 phases for 294 seats, from 27th march to 29th April. In the general election of 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party won 18 seats, only 4 less than Trinamool’s 22 seats. The Rashtriya Janata Dal of Bihar and Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh have extended their support to Banerjee, signalling the unity of regional parties against the national dominance of BJP.
On this episode of The Suno India Show, our reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to Sambit Pal, the author of Bengal Conundrum: Rise of the BJP and Future of the TMC. It examines how a traditionally leftist state is swinging right within just a few years. He is a senior journalist from West Bengal and an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal.