Amid the relentless tug of war between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal, India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange (PSE) shows that 46 per cent of respondents feel that the Mamata Banerjee government was not right in stopping Amit Shah’s rath yatra in the state.
The poll showed only 26 per cent supported the state government’s move to halt the rath yatra whereas 28 per cent didn’t swing either way.
The BJP had to drop its rath yatra plan across the state after the Supreme Court on January 15 rejected its plea. The party shifted its strategy from rath yatras to rallies, with BJP president Amit Shah holding the first rally in Malda district on January 19.
The proposed 41-day rath yatra was seen as an attempt by the BJP to establish its foothold in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha polls although it witnessed many twists and turns in the past two months. The TMC, which has been ruling the state for two consecutive terms, has 34 Lok Sabha seats of the total 42 while the BJP has just two.