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Empowering ‘Mahila’ Voters: Mamata Banerjee’s Welfare Schemes in Bengal

Mamata Banerjee’s Financial Support Draws Loyalty

In West Bengal’s political landscape, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) government has strategically positioned itself as the benefactor of women through various welfare schemes. Rupa Das, a beneficiary of the Lakshmir Bhandar scheme, exemplifies this loyalty. Her allegiance to Banerjee’s TMC stems from the financial assistance she receives, doubling from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 over the past two years.

TMC’s Gender-Focused Welfare Schemes

Mamata Banerjee’s administration has focused on gender-specific welfare schemes, such as Lakshmir Bhandar, Kanyashree, Rupashree, and vidhwa bhata, catering to women’s financial needs and empowerment. These schemes have penetrated households effectively, providing tangible benefits to women like Rupa Das and Rekha Rishidas, irrespective of their political affiliations.

BJP’s Struggle to Counter Mamata’s Popularity

Despite BJP’s efforts to highlight women empowerment through schemes like Ujjwala and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, it has failed to overshadow Mamata Banerjee’s popularity among women voters. The lack of grassroots-level penetration and awareness about BJP’s schemes has contributed to this challenge.

Allegations and Counter-Allegations

BJP has accused TMC of obstructing the implementation of central government schemes and altering their names for political gains. However, TMC leaders argue that their schemes resonate with women’s needs, reflecting Mamata Banerjee’s understanding of women’s priorities.

Political Ramifications of Sandeshkhali Incident

The recent Sandeshkhali incident, although highlighted by BJP nationally, has not significantly impacted local sentiments. While it may influence a section of voters, many, like Soma Hari from Balagarh, prioritize economic stability over political rhetoric.

Mamata Banerjee’s TMC continues to garner support from ‘mahila’ voters in Bengal through its targeted welfare schemes, despite BJP’s attempts to sway sentiments. As the state gears up for elections, the battle for women voters remains pivotal, with Mamata Banerjee firmly positioned as their main benefactor.

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