Fierce Battle Looms in Krishnanagar as Moitra, Roy Face Off

Mahua Moitra, All India Trinamool Congress leader, is campaigning against Bharatiya Janata Party's Amrita Roy in West Bengal's Krishnanagar constituency. The election, set for May 13, 2024, has sparked intense campaigning, with both parties focusing on key voter demographics and issues.

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Fierce Battle Looms in Krishnanagar as Moitra, Roy Face Off

Fierce Battle Looms in Krishnanagar as Moitra, Roy Face Off

TheKrishnanagar Lok Sabha constituencyin West Bengal is gearing up for a high-stakes electoral showdown on May 13, 2024, as part of the fourth phase of the general elections. The constituency has emerged as a crucial battleground, with the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) fielding its firebrand leader Mahua Moitra against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Amrita Roy.

Why this matters: The outcome of this election will have significant implications for the political landscape of West Bengal, with potential consequences for the state's governance and development. Moreover, the Krishnanagar constituency's demographics and voting patterns may serve as a bellwether for the broader electoral trends in the region.

Moitra, known for her impassioned speeches, has been busy campaigning in villages across the constituency. At a recent roadside meeting near Gatra High School in the Chapra area, she addressed a crowd of around 200 people, emphasizing that this election is a "fight for honour" and urging voters to stop her from returning to Parliament.

The BJP, on the other hand, has been raising charges of infiltration in the region, which shares a border with Bangladesh. Their candidate, Amrita Roy, has been focusing her campaign efforts on Hindu-dominated areas. TheKrishnanagar constituencyhas around 1.6 million voters, with Hindus comprising 72.15% and Muslims 26.76% of the population, according to the 2011 census.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Moitra won from Krishnanagar by a margin of 63,218 votes, which is not considered a significant lead in a Lok Sabha segment. This time, she has been touring all 82 panchayat areas in the constituency, emphasizing that the TMC does not "spew communal venom."

The BJP's popularity among the scheduled caste community, which comprises around 30% of the population, is expected to play a key role in the election. The party has placed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) before voters as its prized electoral promise, while TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee has projected CAA as a threat to both Hindus and Muslims.

As the campaign heats up, Moitra continues to challenge the BJP, asking voters,"Will you vote differently on May 13? What has the BJP done with your support? Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ensured all the development. "The fierce battle for Krishnanagar is set to have significant implications for both the AITC and the BJP as they vie for supremacy in West Bengal.