With a target of 26 parliamentary seats, the West Bengal BJP unit is ready to submit its Lok Sabha blueprint to party president Amit Shah during his proposed two-day visit to the state later this week.
The BJP president had set the target of winning 22 seats out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. Currently, West Bengal’s BJP unit holds two Lok Sabha seats in Asansol and Darjeeling.
“We will submit our complete report to Amit Shah. He had given us a target of 22 seats, but if the elections are held in a fair manner, we are in a position to win at least 26 seats.” He added, “We will submit our strategy report to him and restructure it according to his instructions,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh reportedly told PTI.
According to a senior BJP leader, the 26 targeted seats (which will enhance BJP’s chances of winning by more than 60 to 70 per cent) are spread across North Bengal, South Bengal and tribal-dominated districts of Junglemahal. In the next Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s targeted areas include Balurghat, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Malda North in North Bengal, and Purulia, Jhargram, Medinipur, Krishnagar, Howrah in South Bengal.
BJP’s status in West Bengal has strengthened owing to its good performance in Panchayat elections held last month.
For the 42 Lok Sabha seats and for the assembly seats in West Bengal, observers have been appointed to efficiently manage at the booth level. Kailash Vijayvergiya, BJP national general secretary and in-charge of Bengal, reportedly said, “We have been able to reach out to 60-70 percent booths. Our primary objective is to take our organisation to all the booths of the state and strengthen it.”
However, President of the West Bengal BJP unit Dilip Ghosh said, “We have not been able to reach out to all the booths, especially the minority-dominated districts of Malda, Murshidabad. We have a support base, but no one is ready to man the booth committees fearing backlash by the TMC [Nationalist Trinamool Congress]. We hope things will change in the days to come.”
(With inputs from PTI)