The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has asserted that it is the only credible opposition. At the two-day Chintan Baithak of its state unit that ended on Sunday senior party leaders called for stressing more on local issues.
The anti-Left feeling is strong in the state,and there is a need for a responsible opposition. We discussed on what the alternative government should be, said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley,who took part in the discussion along with Smriti Irani,president of All India Mahila Morcha.
He even told a former BJP state president that focussing on issues like infiltrations from across the border will not take the party anywhere.
Irani,meanwhile,urged the state leaders of her party to strengthen the organisation at the grassroot level before the 2011 Assembly elections.
Both the CPM and the Trinamool are ruling parties. One has been ruling the state for 33 years and another is a part of the coalition at the Centre, said state BJP chief Rahul Sinha,after the meeting. While people are keen to see the Left Fronts defeat,they are also disillusioned by the politics of Trinamool Congress. In this circumstance,the BJP is the only credible opposition in West Bengal, he added.
The BJP has planned to organise a state-level yatra to reach out to the people. The yatra will be for a period of one month, said Sinha.
The party has also decided to make an attempt to forge coalition with smaller parties in various parts of state,particularly in north Bengal,ahead of the Assembly elections.