BJP national secretary and observer for Bengal, Siddharth Nath Singh, while denying that a reshuffle of the state party leadership was on cards, on Tuesday said the team for the state will remain the same till the 2016 Assembly elections.
“There will not be any change in the team in Bengal till the Assembly elections, which will be contested in the presence of central forces… The result will definitely be different than what happened at the recent civic polls,” he said at the sidelines of the party’s ‘Sampark Abhiyan’.
Asked if he was satisfied with how the party fared in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections and in other 91 municipalities across the state, Singh said: “I can never be complacent about my team’s performance but we have fought well in spite of heavy booth capturing and the terror unleashed by Trinamool Congress. It has won by rigging the polls.”
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He alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has accused the BJP of being a communal party, has been practicing communal politics herself. “Mamata is playing the communal card. She is building hospitals for a particular community, giving out honorariums to religious leaders and saying that the Ranaghat rape incident was the result of ‘ghar wapsi’ programmes. Isn’t this communalism?” he asked.
On sidelined Trinamool leader Mukul Roy joining BJP, Singh once again reiterated that BJP national president Amit Shah has said there was no such proposal.
“He has said this is out of question at the moment. After this, I don’t think I need to comment on it,” he added.
A senior leader said: “State president Rahul Sinha’s tenure ends in November but if Assembly elections are declared within six months, the state body will not be dissolved till elections are over.”
Singh, along with other central and state leaders on Tuesday, met to chalk a roadmap for the party following BJP’s membership drive that ended on April 30.