"The political options that people have been in search of that door has been opened because of the Bengal elections. We expected it in Tamil Nadu, Kerala - but in Bengal..." | @svaradarajan talks about what today's #ElectionResults mean.

@svaradarajan "...For Bengal to stand its ground, and voters to decide that they would not let themselves, their society to be divided by religion... to not just save its government but to bring a magnificent win.

This is by itself a message on a national scale."

@svaradarajan .@svaradarajan recalls that when Mamata Banerjee put out a message calling for the opposition to unite against the BJP on a national level, Modi responded to say that Mamata has realised she's lost the Bengal elections....

@svaradarajan ...which is why she was attempting to make herself relevant to the national stage.

"He saw it as a sign of weakness... without realising that actually, this was a statement of strength, of confidence from her." @svaradarajan
@svaradarajan "That we have already won Bengal, and now, how do we take the fight to the BJP camp."

In 2019, when she made the same pitch, the Opposition didn't seem to have a national alternative.
@svaradarajan .@svaradarajan thinks that the possibilities of that taking place over the coming UP election is high.

"Modi and Shah made such a huge effort bc they knew if they got Bengal, the opposition in 2024 would have no chance. But this didn't happen."

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