New Delhi: Intensifying the slogan war in West Bengal, which faces an eight-phase election from March 27 to April 29, ruling Trinamul Congress and the Opposition BJP are now emphasising on who is the 'real daughter' of the state.
After TMC countered the BJP's assertion that only a 'son of Bengal' will be the next chief minister once it comes to power, with the slogan of 'Bangla nijer meyekei chay (Bengal wants its own daughter)' on posters that had chief minister Mamata Banerjee's photo, the BJP has now come out with the slogan 'Bangla nijer meyeke chai, Pishi nai (Bengal wants its own daughter, not pishi (paternal aunt).'
The BJP's poster carrying this slogan has nine women leaders of the state, including Rupa Ganguly, Deboshree Chaudhary, Locket Chatterjee, Bharti Ghosh, Agnimitra Paul and Mafuja Khatun among others.
Giving a tough challenge to the ruling TMC, the BJP has been labelled as 'bahirgatas (outsiders)' by the TMC.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, whose company I-PAC is assisting Ms Banerjee in her bid to stop the BJP, said on Saturday that one of the key battles for democracy in the country will be fought in West Bengal, referring to the Assembly elections.