My analysis that left would get a rasagolla was based on 2 simple expectations: 1) the remaining Hindu vote of left would be appalled at the alliance with the Furfura party 2) the Muslim vote would consolidate 4 whoever is most likely to stop BJP, that is Mamata in WB.
The Muslim consolidation for the party most likely to defeat BJP was bound to happen,polarizing speech or not.Good politics was not to deny reality but to anticipate it & design ur messaging accordingly. In BJP, only Suvendu did that, rest were all campaigning on petty corruption
Finally, what a Rasagolla was it for the left ! All their current stalwarts, Surjokanto, Sujon bit dust in their bastions, their recent upstarts, the JNU products like Dipsita Dhar and Aishi Ghosh were in the same “humble pie” boat. Heartening outcome!
And, there was another factor that my prediction did not account for, which contributed to the Rasagolla for left. The infusion of the JNU comrades. Even at the height of left’s popularity in WB, no one embraced the JNU left.
Even the most Anglicized of the mass leaders of left,Jyoti Babu,was not a JNU left.The public positions of the left that used to win in WB were on economic grievances &a bit on cultural grievances (kendrer banchona, Bangalir apoman when Rajiv Gandhi said Calcutta was a dead city)
The left leaders who were the public faces of the left front all stayed away from Hindu Muslim issues in their publicized public discourse, unlike the JNU comrades like Aishi Ghosh, Dipsita Dhar etc. Reading that Aishi secured only 15% votes in an erstwhile left bastion, Jamuria.

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