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Hare & Rabbit Fight A Fox

It’s a match made in miasma. Political expediency and survival needs draw BJP and CPI(M) together in Nadia.

Hare & Rabbit Fight A Fox
Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee
The lotus and the hammer & sickle share a wall space in Nadia
Hare & Rabbit Fight A Fox
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2018-05-12T11:04:37+05:30

Desperate times breed desp­er­ate measures. In the remote villages on the banks of the Meghna, which flows through West Bengal’s Nadia district, a political tie-up of immense significance has taken place. To outsiders, it almost defies logic, and is  certai­nly more incredible than the unl­­i­­keliest of unions between traditional foes—like, say, the one between Bihar’s Laloo Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar. The region’s local leaders from the CPI(M) and the BJP have joined hands to fight the upcoming panchayat elections against the ruling Trinamool Congress.

“Yes, BJP and CPI(M) have come toge­ther here to fight the Trinamool,” confirms a BJP candidate from nearby Karimpur, who is contesting the rural polls for a panchayat committee seat. “The CPI(M) has not fielded its candidate from this seat, just as we will not put up contestants where it has.”

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