West Bengal

BJP making inroads

Print edition : April 26, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a campaign rally in Siliguri on April 3. Photo: DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: PTI

The CPI(M)’s Md. Salim campaigning in Raiganj constituency. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Nishith Pramanik, a former Trinamool Congress strongman, is the BJP candidate in Cooch Behar. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

The living conditions of tea garden workers continue to be wretched. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

Red Bank Tea Estate workers. The tea garden has remained shut for 22 years. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

The party poses a tough challenge to the Trinamool Congress in the five north Bengal constituencies where voting will take place in the first two phases of the election which voters perceive as a precursor of the 2021 Assembly election.
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