Much like Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s successful campaign for a “Congress-free” nation in the Lok Sabha elections 2014, the West Bengal BJP will give a call for a “Trinamool-free” state in the 2016 Assembly elections, said Siddharth Nath Singh on Sunday.
“There might be talks with the Centre and state ministers but as far as political proximity is concerned, we are daggers drawn. We will take Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to task for her failure. There is no question of cosying up with the TMC,” Singh said at a press conference in Kolkata.
Singh said a two-day meet of the party’s state executive members discussed how the TMC bagged about 10 per cent of votes in the Lok Sabha elections through rigging. “Had it not been the case, the BJP would have another eight to nine seats in Bengal — Kolkata (North) and Sreerampore being the two best probables.”
Referring to the Kamduni rape-murder incident and the anti-rape forum’s wish to meet the new Prime Minister, Singh said, “It is sad to see that they are yet to get justice. We will take up their case with the Home Ministry.”
The BJP has announced to take out a ‘Bengal Bachao rally’ in Kolkata, led by Rahul Sinha on June 23, to protest against the “state-sponsored post-poll violence”.
“We will submit memorandums to all district magistrates. There will be functions up to July 6, where we will distribute pamphlets informing about the Central policies for Bengal,” he said, adding that Muslims of Bengal have seen through the “divide and rule policies” of the state government and were abandoning the ruling party for the BJP in huge numbers.