Political gimmickry is a trick that all parties resort to, especially ahead of elections. With four-five months to go for assembly polls in West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters — by showing concern for them and bad-mouthing each other.

The farmers from whose house BJP chief JP Nadda had collected rice during his visit to Burdwan on Saturday (January 9), has appeared at the TMC office on Sunday (January 10). Trinamool claims that those 5 farmers are members of their party. However, the BJP has made it clear that the TMC is desperately trying to take the farmers to their party.

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On Saturday, JP Nadda collected rice from the houses of Nitai Mandal, Panchkari Mandal, Sanat Mandal, Uttam Mandal, and Mathura Mandal. These five farmers are residents of Musthuli village in East Burdwan. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, the 5 farmers were seen at the office of Trinamool Congress MLA Rabindranath Chattopadhyay in Katwa. As soon as JP Nadda left Burdwan district in West Bengal, the farmers went to TMC party office. According to sources, the farmers claimed to be TMC party members. However, the priest of Sarbamongola temple where JP Nadda went to offer prayers praised Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Swasthya-Sathi’ scheme and said that he and his family members are benefited from the scheme of the state government.

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It is to be mentioned that Amit Shah had come to Bolpur last month and had lunch at a Baul singer’s (folk singer) house. After Shah left, it was learned that the Baul singer appeared at TMC leader Anubrat Mandal’s office. The Baul singer complained that Amit Shah did not speak to him. He praised the TMC and thanked Mamata Banerjee for all the welfare schemes.

However, this time, the same incident took place. The BJP claimed that the TMC is desperately trying to bring people to their party and doing bad politics in the state.