Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Jagat Prakash Nadda has said the ground beneath West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s feet is slipping and they will see to it that they form the next government in the state as the people have decided to say goodbye to her.
“The BJP, as a responsible party, has to see to it that we convert those sentiments into votes and for that, with full attention and intention, we are working on the ground,” Nadda said.
West Bengal, where the BJP has gone from strength to strength, is due to go to the polls next year. In the 2019 national elections, the party’s vote share increased to over 40% from a mere 2% in the 2011 assembly polls. The BJP won 18 out of West Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats to emerge as the second-largest party after the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state. It currently has just 16 lawmakers in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.
Nadda rejected the view that the BJP is encouraging and benefitting from religious polarisation in the state. He added Banerjee has not lost support because of polarisation, but because “of misgovernance, non-delivery, and cheating the people of the state”.
Nadda on 2-day visit to West Bengal from 6 November
President JP Nadda will be on a two-day visit to West Bengal from 6 November to take stock of organisational matters ahead of the 2021 assembly elections, party sources said on 28 October.
This will be his second visit to the state in a gap of 15 days. He had been to north Bengal on 19 October.
However, the dates of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state have not yet been finalised, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said.
“JP Naddaji will be visiting West Bengal on 6-7 November. His engagements will be both in Kolkata and in the districts. He will look into various aspects of organisational matters,” Ghosh said.
According to party sources, Nadda is likely to visit organisational zones in Burdwan and Medinipur.
He is likely to meet scheduled caste and scheduled tribe groups in Jhargram area on 7 November.
In the last Lok Sabha polls, the saffron party had made deep inroads in the Junglemahal belt comprising forested areas of West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram districts.
Nadda, along with senior party leaders such as national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, vice- president Mukul Roy and Ghosh, will interact with booth and district-level leaders during the visit, the sources said.
After decades of limited presence in the politically polarised state, the BJP emerged as the main rival of the ruling TMC in 2019, winning 18 of 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Assembly polls are likely to be held in Bengal in April-May next year.