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Adhikari: ‘Overconfidence’ led to BJP’s defeat in Bengal

Suvendu Adhikari said continuing work at the ground level was equally important as setting up electoral targets, which must be realistic

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BJP MLA and of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari said the party lost the assembly elections held earlier this year because several of its leaders became “overconfident”.

“As we did well in the first two poll phases in these parts of assembly segments, many of our leaders became smug and overconfident. They started believing that the BJP will secure 170-180 seats in the elections, but they did not do the groundwork. This cost us dearly,” the Nandigram MLA Suvendu Adhikari said.

The BJP managed to win 77 seats in the West Bengal elections held in April-May this year. The saffron party lost to Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (AITC), which managed to win 213 seats.

Suvendu Adhikari said continuing work at the ground level was equally important as setting up targets, which was realistic but needed hard work.

Reacting to Suvendu Adhikari’s claims, AITC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said the BJP was living in a “fool’s paradise” as many of their leaders predicted winning on 200 seats. “Suvendu has conveniently forgotten the slew of social welfare projects and a spree of development by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and the mandate against BJP heavyweights’ sustained campaign against the chief minister and AITC.”

“The BJP was living in a fool’s paradise as many of their leaders predicted that the saffron camp will cross 200 seats. Why he is finding fault with others? Didn’t Suvendu boast repeatedly that his party will get 180 seats at least? Actually, they don’t know the pulse of Bengal, Trinamool does,” he said.

Adhikari, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year and defeated Mamata Banerjee at East Midnapore district’s Nandigram assembly seat, got some relief on Friday when the Calcutta high court ordered that there is no need for a special audit of the accounts of the district’s Contai Co-operative Bank Ltd of which Adhikari is the chairman since 2009.

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