Kolkata, Apr 16 (UNI) Welcoming the "sincere efforts" of the Election Commission to prevent the possibility of rigging and other electoral malpractices in West Bengal, BJP president Rajnath Singh today claimed free and fair poll would bring in the Trinamool Congress-BJP coalition in power.
Participating in a Meet-the-Press programme of Kolkata Press Club here, Mr Singh, who took a day's break from his well-publicised Rathyatra, felt that the Election Commission was moving in right direction to ensure a free and fair election in the Left Front-ruled state.
He claimed that the BJP enjoyed more than eight per cent support among the electorate in West Bengal and asserted that the ruling party's claim that it had now receded to less than three per cent was nothing but a "pack of lies".
Underscoring the need for maintaining a round-the-clock vigil on almost all the 294 constituencies in the state and continuing several restrictions on political campaigns by the EC, Mr Singh said the number of para-military forces to man every booth should be increased further.
" Their increased presence in the state would certainly instil more confidence among the voters about the fairness of the Assembly elections, " the BJP president felt and elaborated further on the rationale behind his hope that his party would win a large number seats in the Left bastion.
Also coming down heavily on the Opposition Congress in the state for refusing to join hands with the AITC in forming a grand alliance besides ensuring a one to one fight against ruling party candidates, Mr Singh blamed the Congress' dependence on the Left parties as the main reason for the failure of the proposed "Grand Alliance".
He also ridiculed the UPA government for its alleged failure in controlling rise in prices of essentials and that of petroleum products, particularly diesel and petrol, several times during the past two years.
The situation had now reached such a pass that many more price hikes were in the offing and the common people had no escape from it, he said.
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