After 'Congress-mukt' Maharashtra, BJP now calls for ‘TMC-free’ Bengal

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BJP president Amit Shah in West Bengal. (PTI Photo)
With the Assembly elections scheduled for 2016 in West Bengal, it seems BJP has already started pulling its socks. Keeping Saradha scam as its trump card, the party has already started planning on how to make it a win-win situation in Mamata Didi's state.

BJP state leadership in presence of party chief Amit Shah gave a "do or die" call to its workers against Trinamool Congress' regime in West Bengal.

As per BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh, Shah in his speech extended full support to the BJP state unit and said the central leadership would stand beside the state unit.

"Our party president too stressed on the need to increase our strength, based on the present situation and also said the party's central leadership stands firmly beside the state unit," Singh added.

BJP's strategy to win in West Bengal

After deciding a future course for the crucial 2016 Assembly elections, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said it was "do or die" for the party in West Bengal and told about its strategy to win the same.

"In presence of our national president, three things have been decided. One is to increase the campaign programme against TMC and Mamata Banerjee over the Saradha chit fund scam through signature campaigns, posters and grassroot-level meetings to expose the TMC fully," Singh said.

"The second is to strengthen our booth level committees and to induct new cadres including lawyers, because we are being attacked every day and we need lawyers who can contest cases for us.

And thirdly, holding of training camps for our workers and cadres on a regular basis," he further said.

BJP now calls for ‘TMC-free' Bengal

Do or die, Amit Shah's mantra for Bengal BJP

After pledging to make Maharashtra Congress-free after the Assembly polls in the state, now BJP seems to aim at Trinamool Congress- free West Bengal. The party has seen a surge in its support base and gaining strength in the state with every passing day. Also, the party has made its rivals TMC as well as CP(M) jittery.

Is BJP the only option in West Bengal?

The political equation in West Bengal which has so far been polarised between Left and Trinamool Congress may soon be changed by BJP which secured nearly 18% vote share in the state in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The vote share of BJP jumped from 6 per cent in the 2009 LS polls to 17.6 per cent which is approximately 18 per cent in the 2014 LS polls.

The party had even won two Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal's Darjeeling and Asansol and the credit for the same goes to Narendra Modi's rise in popularity.

Such was the impact of BJP that the CPM's vote share dropped from 30.08% in the 2011 assembly polls to 22.7% in the last LS polls. As per an HT report, "After the LS polls, workers of the CPM and its allies - the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Forward Bloc - were seen hoisting BJP flags at their party offices in at least six districts."

Even Rahul Sinha, state BJP president, was quoted as saying, "The CPM has no leadership here. The Congress has no future in Bengal. A large section of TMC workers and leaders are unhappy with their party. We are the only option."

The BJP gained popularity in the state due to the increasing crime rate, unemployment and the lack of industry under Mamata's regime, which was voted to power to end CPM's three decade misrule. While, BJP's poster boy Narendra Modi raised public's hope and aspirations through his development mantra. If the BJP continues with this momentum, then definitely it will be in the driver's seat in next assembly polls.

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