New Delhi: While the violence in Kolkata’s Vidyasagar College during which the well-known reformist and educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust was broken, has already stirred sentiments in West Bengal as chief minister Mamata Banerjee has equated it with an attack on Bengali pride and ethos, political observers say that the incident could have strong resonance with sizeable Bengali voters in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency.
Bengali voters constitute a sizeable six per cent of the holy city’s population, and the incident could have serious political resonance when Varanasi votes on May 19, the final phase of Lok Sabha polls.
Though West Bengal has witnessed its share of violence during the days of the naxal revolution when campuses across the state boiled with violent idealism, the damaging of Vidyasagar’s bust has led to the all-round furore.
As it is, the mood of the voters in these elections has been difficult to gauge, with analysts stating that a major portion of voting has been ‘silent’.
In such a scenario, therefore, it would be interesting to see how Varanasi’s Bengalis vote in the aftermath of the Vidyasagar College incident.
While Mr Modi-led BJP has been running its campaign on aggressive nationalism and hardcore Hindutva, the Congress and the grand alliance has been highlighting the ruling NDA’s failures on job creation front, etc.