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It is quite evident from Amit Shah’s ongoing three-day visit of West Bengal that the battle for 2019 has begun in right earnest Mamata Banerjee’s bastion is of course not the BJP president’s sole destination His 15-day organisational tour spans West Bengal Odisha Gujarat Telangana and Lakshadweep in a bid to spread BJP’s national footprint in places where it is weak and to consolidate its power in areas where it is the incumbent It is not without reason though that Bengal was chosen as Shah’s first pit stop Being the 24×7 politicians that they are Narendra Modi and his trusted general are well aware that in 2019 BJP’s biggest challenge will come from the pressure of expectations not any mythical unified monolithic Opposition It stands to reason therefore that the party must expand footprint and do so rapidly in places where it has the right atmospherics and yet weak structural strength Bengal fits the bill With 42 seats the state can give BJP a nice cushion against erosion of voter support elsewhere It is also a tactical move because geo-politically Bengal presents the right conditions for BJP’s rise and a larger battleground for its nationalist narrative BJP president Amit Shah during his visit to Goranga Nagar area in Rajarhut near Kolkata on Thursday PTI For years the BJP remained a marginal player in the state with a nominal presence among the non-Bengali trader communities in the state’s metropolises and a smattering of support in north Bengal That changed in 2014 The Modi wave saw an unprecedented spurt with BJP cornering 17 percent votes The party however lacked the organisational strength and grassroots muscle to sustain that momentum In subsequent years its vote share even suffered a mild erosion Infighting lack of direction and absence of a home-grown mass leader remained crucial obstacles It is at this juncture that the saffron unit benefited from the massive churn under way in Bengal The germination of this churn lay in 2011 when Mamata finally cracked open the Left’s 34-year-old citadel and stormed to power Her rise to power was a momentous shift in Bengal politics Mamata outdid the Left at its own game and co-opted leftist politics with a degree of fervor that even the Left found difficult to match She took up land acquisition struggle at a time when the Left under Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya was trying to shake off decades of regressive policies and taking a pro-industry turn Mamata took this opportunity to snatch away Left’s calling card Having co-opted leftist politics she then moved towards replacing Left’s feared organisational structure with that of her own In subsequent years the Left lost its politics structure and even some of its prominent leaders and scores and scores of cadres to an ascendant TMC The Bengal chief minister had nearly annihilated all opposition by the end of her first term She didn’t need to therefore commit the kind of tactical error that ironically paved the way for BJP’s rise In order to secure her Muslim votebank which the 2011 Census pegged at 27 percent (a conservative estimate in a state prone to large-scale infiltration) Mamata took a decisive turn towards identity politics For all its faults the Left Front steered clear of mixing religion with politics during its 34-year-rule Mamata’s move to actively woo the Muslim votebank was perhaps because she didn’t want to leave even the slightest chance for Left to stage a comeback She was well aware that her one-time dalliance with BJP would be held against her by a desperate Left which had few other weapons to fire As the Left increased its rhetoric Mamata started indulging deeper and deeper in politics of religion with Muslim appeasement forming the core of her focus She used state machinery to further of her appeasement politics and in so doing ignored the possibility of Hindu backlash — secure perhaps in the belief that Bengali Hindus will put their cultural identity ahead of their religious identity In her many acts of appeasement — monthly stipend to imams and muezzins curbing Puja rituals in favour of Muslim processions ‘secularising’ ubiquitous Bengali words turning a blind eye to acts of lawlessness and violence committed by one community — a storm was brewing As Catch News points out in a 2016 report: "West Bengal has witnessed a spike in communal violence during Mamata Banerjee’s tenure There have been the infamous Canning and Deganga Riots and communal incidents increased to 106 in 2013 The previous five years witnessed about 12-40 communal incidents" Minhaz Merchant notes in his piece for Daily O "Dhulagarh is only the latest symptom of West Bengal’s descent into a communal cauldron instigated by violent TMC cadres If the thuggishness of the CPI(M) was notionally secular the viciousness of the TMC is unabashedly communal Riots are its preferred way of life" The BJP saw in this appeasement politics a chance for consolidation of Hindu votes and it has since taken bold strides in importing the kind of religious fervour typical in Hindi heartland but unheard of in Bengal The sticks and swords of Ram Navami celebrations and around 150 processions in different parts of the state indicates that a larger consolidation of Hindu votes is no longer a pipe dream The BJP central leadership has taken note Shah’s visit is a vital cog in this design The party knows that right at this moment it cannot compete with the TMC in terms of organisational strength people-to-people connect or booth-level mobilisation Shah’s effort during this trip therefore has been three-pronged He has tried to pitch Modi’s development model as an alternative to Mamata’s politics pointing out how the TMC government has become involved in several corruption scandals He has attempted to firm up BJP’s vertical structures in areas where it has some sort of presence — this explains why he began his trip in Naxalbari in north Bengal He has also tried to make it a trip of symbolism challenging the might of Mamata government by visiting her backyard interacting with people in her own constituency The Naxalbari start requires a bit of explanation The hotbed of armed rebellion in late 1960s that soon spread to other parts of the country these areas in north Bengal have provided pockets of support for the BJP It also carries a lot of symbolism The BJP as the recent Kanthi Dakshin bypoll results showed is growing at a fast clip but almost entirely at the expense of the Left What better way to project this ideological shift than to start a tour in the place from where ultra-Left radicalism took off Shah’s visit in Naxalbari isn’t just symbolic It also carries a lot of political sense North Bengal has seen many instances of cattle smuggling into Bangladesh The PTI reports that BSF jawans on Tuesday stumbled on to an 80-metre-long tunnel being dug through a tea garden by suspected cattle smugglers near the Chopra-Fatehpur border outpost The tunnel says the report was found in north Bengal adjacent to Kisanganj The Union Ministry of Home Affairs in a recent affidavit has submitted before the Supreme Court that cattle smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border is continuing at an alarming pace According to a report in Live Law a total of 178801 cattle were seized near the border between January and December 2016 of which 128440 (761 percent) were from West Bengal alone According to the MHA affidavit violent encounters led to 35 lives being lost in last three years including five BSF personnel while 302 BSF personnel have been injured Naxalbari where local population has been facing threats from cattle smugglers gives BJP the platform to consolidate its base Shah’s visit in north Bengal also included an outreach to representatives of the middle class in Siliguri where he skillfully introduced the topic of Bengal’s lack of industry and deteriorating law and order As TheEconomic Times notes in a report "Law and order has reached its bottom in Bengal In Bengal where there used to be the reverberation of Rabindra Sangeet of Nobel Prize winner poet Rabindra Nath Tagore now only explosion of bombs are there" he was quoted to have said Days before Shah made the comment about Bengal’s ‘bomb industry’ a report in The Indian Express points out that at least seven people were killed in an explosion at Darbarpur village in Birbhum’s Labhpur on Friday during the manufacturing of crude bombs In the unique vortex of Bengal politics BJP is getting a lot of help from its toughest adversary The second part will deal with TMC and Mamata Banerjee’s counter moves to checkmate BJP’s rise Los Angeles:The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors on Monday LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs who have battled injury troubles of their own this season LaMarcus Aldridgescored 39 points to help San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors Reuters Patty Mills added 12 points and Danny Green chipped in 11 for the Spurs who have won four straight to put themselves back in the playoff mix "We’ve been playing with passion and hunger" Australia’s Mills said "We just have to sustain it" The Spurs had no sympathy for the injury woes of the reigning champion Warriors who arrived in San Antonino without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant And there was more trouble to come as Draymond Green left in the first half with a bruised pelvis Nevertheless the Warriors erased a 16-point deficit taking a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Spurs regained control "We had some let-down and those guys are smart" Aldridge said "It felt good to get it going in the fourth quarter" Quinn Cook scored 20 points to lead Golden State who have lost four of their last six and trail Western Conference leaders Houston by 3 1/2 games The Cleveland Cavaliers who have played the Warriors in the last three NBA Finals welcomed Kevin Love back to action with a 124-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Cavs superstar LeBron James was the real difference maker notching his 16th triple-double of the season to put an upbeat ending on a day in which Cleveland announced that head coach Tyronn Lue would take some time off to deal with health concerns "If it’s not one thing it’s another that was my reaction" James said of learning Lue would be away on the same day that Love was cleared to return for the first time since breaking his left hand on 30 January James scored 17 of his 40 points in the third quarter as the Cavaliers took control He added 12 rebounds and 10 assists — the 71st triple-double of his career — as Cleveland won for the third time in their last four games Love a five-time All-Star scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds "First of all just having another body is great for our team" said James whose Cavs have also battled injury troubles "And just his basketball IQ his familiarity with our system — he just fits right back in It was great to have him back" Two-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks posting his 23rd 30-point game of the season with 37 points 11 rebounds and five assists Cleveland maintained their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference The Indiana Pacers were just half a game behind them after a 110-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Trailing by two points at halftime the Pacers outscored the Lakers by 14 points in the third quarter to snap a two-game skid and strengthen their position in the tightly bunched East Simmons ‘something unique’ In Philadelphia Australian rookie Ben Simmons produced his ninth triple-double of the season as the 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets 108-94 Simmons scored 11 points with 12 rebounds and 15 assists — all without a single turnover His 19th game with 10 or more assists saw him pass Hall of Famer Allen Iverson’s franchise rookie record "He was great tonight he really was something unique" said Sixers coach Brett Brown "That was probably the easiest triple-double I’ve had because my teammates were hot" Simmons said "I’m just going to find my guy set a screen He’s wide-open "So the reason it seems easy for me is because they make it easy for me" Joel Embiid scored a game-high 25 points and tied his career high with 19 rebounds for Philadelphia who are in sixth place in the East — just half a game behind the Washington Wizards and a game behind the Pacers The Miami Heat moved into seventh place in the East with a 149-141 double-overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Doha: Neymar believes Paris Saint-Germain can "make history" by eliminating holders and record 12-time winners Real Madrid when the two clubs meet in the last 16 of the Champions League File image of Neymar Reuters French league leaders PSG were paired with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real in the tie of the round and big-spending PSG are looking for a rapid return on their massive summer investment "We know it will be a difficult match against a team that has been playing together for years and also wants to win but we can beat them" Neymar said on Thursday as PSG arrived in Doha for their winter training camp "We can make history We’re here to do just that to play football and we’re going to do everything to win" added the Brazilian who cost PSG a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) in August when he joined from Barcelona PSG have never advanced beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League since the club’s takeover by its Qatari owners in 2011 throwing away a 4-0 first leg lead to spectacularly crash out in the last 16 to Barcelona last season after four straight quarter-final exits They will travel to Madrid for the first leg on February with the return meeting at the Parc des Princes on 6 March Neymar who was voted third in this year’s Ballon d’Or also admitted it would be "difficult" for him to win next year’s award – a prize that has changed hands between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past decade "That doesn’t depend just on me but also on my team-mates and what we win this season It’s obvious that the World Cup will be very important .Firstpost that he has serious doubt about whether the prediction that BJP will get more than 25 seats in Manipur is going to prove true. 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