As the West Bengal assembly polls approach, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now stepping up her outreach of Hindu voters with several temple visits. She was also seen reciting the Durga shlokas during her public meetings. This comes as the BJP has accused her of minority appeasement on several occasions during the poll campaign. So will Mamata’s Hindutva card work in West Bengal? Watch the first episode of Poll Baazi with Hindustan Times senior editor Aditi Prasad and psephologist and founder of C-Voter Yashwant Deshmukh.
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Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Vaiko, after releasing his party manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections, said that his secular progressive front will fight and protect Tamil Nadu from the invasion of 'Hindutva' forces and will win. Calling AIADMK the "most corrupt government", Vaiko said that their alliance will be thrashed out. MDMK chief Vaiko said, "Tamil Nadu is in the custody of the social justice and secularism. Now, there is a grave threat from BJP circles, Hindutva forces to destroy secularism and social justice. So it is our foremost duty to protect Tamil Nadu, from the invasion of Hindutva forces. And AIADMK government is the most corrupt government ever seen in Tamil Nadu is fully supporting the Hindutva forces. Therefore their alliance has to be thrashed out. For that purpose we have forced our front, and this is our secular progressive front to fight these forces. We will win".
While addressing a public gathering in a poll bound state Tamil Nadu, BJP Yuva Morcha president Tejasvi Surya on February 21 said that Bharatiya Janata Party respects and promotes all regional languages of India, therefore if Tamil has to survive Hindutva has to win. "The DMK tries to paint the BJP as anti-Tamil and as a Hindi party. BJP is the only party that respects and promotes all regional languages of India, if Tamil has to survive Hindutva has to win if Kanada has to win Hindutva has to win, therefore the BJP represents spirit of Tamil Nadu and the spirit of Tamil language," said Surya.