The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 27 December accelerated its preparation for the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly election, appointing district observers and co-observers in the state.
Announcing the appointments, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said Sovan Chatterjee had been appointed as the observer for Kolkata zone while Debjit Sarkar has been given the post of convener.
Meanwhile, Baisakhi Banerjee and Sankudeb Panda have been appointed as co-convenors of the party for the Kolkata Zone.
The BJP appointed Dipen Pramanik as the Cooch Behar district observer, Manas Bhattacharya as North Kolkata district observer, Bhaskar Dey as Darjeeling district observer, Pradeep Banerjee as Basirhat district observer, Amitava Maitra as the South Dinajpur district observer, Gopal Sarkar as North Nadia and Manabendra Chakraborty as North Murshidabad district observer.
The post of district observer for Diamond Harbour has been given to Subhnarayan, Jhargram district to Swapan Paul, Bardhaman district to Ramkrishna Paul, Asansol district to Ramkrishna Roy and Arambag district to Debasish Mitra.
For the post of district co-observers, BJP appointed Sankar Chakraborty as co-observer for Maldah, Sandip Banerjee for South Nadia Falguni Patra for KNSD, Bijoy Ojha for South Kolkata, Gautam Roy for South 24 Paraganas, Dinesh Pandey for Howrah Town, Pradip Das for Howrah Gramin and Nirmal Karmakar as the co-observer of Rarh Banga Zone.
With the assembly election expected in the state in April or May 2021, the BJP recently said that it would win 200 seats in the 294-strong House while ruling Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) poll strategist Prashant Kishor declared that he would quit his profession if the saffron party were to cross double digits.
After having a limited presence in the politically polarised state for decades, the BJP emerged as the main rival of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general election.