The central leadership of BJP Monday expressed unhappiness over party’s West Bengal leaders failing to take “proper advantage” of the political situation that was created in favour of the party after the Lok Sabha polls.
At a day-long meeting, BJP national secretary and in-charge of Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh asked the state office bearers to work hard.
“He reprimanded most of the leaders and said they had failed to take advantage of the Modi wave that was seen before the Lok Sabha polls last year and that party workers needed to pull up their socks before the assembly elections next year,” said a district leader who attended the meeting.
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Meanwhile, Singh said: “We have called all the general secretaries and leaders to Delhi on March 17-18 for a meeting with our party president Amit Shah and prepare the road map for the next Assembly polls. We will present him with the draft blueprint”.
A senior BJP leader, who was present at the meeting, said Singh lashed out at state leaders for not being able to fight the perception that is being created that TMC general secretary Mukul Roy, whose name has cropped up in the Saradha chit fund scam, is joining BJP.
Another senior BJP leader, who refused to be named, said Singh has expressed his displeasure over not using the present political situation and vacuum in Bengal politics.
Meanwhile, the party, which is having a tough time in preparing list of 144 candidates out of the 1,800 applications for Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, faced protests before the state headquarters where several aspirants of party ticket had lined up. BJP supporters from KMC wards 128, 129 and 132 said people who had defected from other parties have got preference whereas they who had been working for the party for years, had been deprived.
State BJP president Rahul Sinha admitted that there was a discontent among certain section of the party and said that it was nothing unnatural. “New entrants to the party will always be there and whoever is chosen as a candidate from a ward, there will always be one or two who would be displeased with the selection. But these are trifle matters and would be solved in no time.” Sinha said.