How Bengal bucked the saffron surge
SummaryThis election shows how politics based on welfare and gender can undercut Hindu-Muslim polarization.
The longest, most communally-polarized election in West Bengal is over. Despite the bluster and predictions about a saffron wave in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has swept the polls. In the final tally, the TMC won 213 of the 294 seats in West Bengal, with the BJP winning just 77 seats.