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Shiv Sena to contest polls in India’s West Bengal

  • Published at 10:19 pm January 17th, 2021
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Chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee File Photo

Many believe the polls will be a battle between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and ruling BJP

Right-wing political party Shiv Sena are set to contest the assembly elections in the Indian state of West Bengal.

The polls were widely seen as battle between Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and the ruling BJP ahead of Shiv Sena’s entry, reports NDTV.

"So, here is the much-awaited update. After discussions with Party Chief Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Shivsena has decided to contest the West Bengal Assembly Elections. We are reaching Kolkata soon," MP and Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said in a Twitter post on Sunday.

In recent years, the BJP has made West Bengal one of its top priorities, launching aggressive campaigns and attempting to brand incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as “anti-Hindu.”