Kolkata: Diwali celebration is happening in Thakur Nagar today. A member of the family who is becoming a minister. As soon as Shantanu Thakur becomes a minister, the Matua community will get a new identity in this area and at the national level. Shantanu Thakur, son of former Bengal minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, is an Indian politician who has been a member of the Lok Sabha from Bangaon since 2019. He became the first non-TMC MP to be elected in the 2019 general election in this constituency. He is the leader of All India Matua Federation.
Political parties in West Bengal try to woo the voters of every caste especially the voters of ST, SC and OBC. The Matua community is at the center of this vote bank politics. Matuas are a Scheduled Caste community with a population of about 3 crores spread over districts like North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Nadia.
The community plays an important role in deciding the winning candidates in about 50-70 assembly constituencies. According to reports, the BJP won four of the 10 scheduled caste seats in the 2019 general elections by capturing the votes of Matua community on the basis of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Shantanu Thakur had won
As a leader belonging to the Matua community, Shantanu Thakur won the 2019 Bangaon seat on a BJP ticket by defeating Mamta Bala. He even accompanied PM Modi on his Orkandi tour. The Orkandi region is home to hundreds of people belonging to the Hindu Matua community. There he met representatives of the Matua community.
PM Modi offered prayers at Harichand-Gurichand temple. It was closely watched by lakhs of Matua voters in the Indian side of the border. In the 2021 Bangaon assembly elections, Ashok Kirtaniya (BJP) defeated Shyamal Roy of All India Trinamool Congress by 10,488 votes.
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