State BJP plans to look beyond ‘farcical civic polls’, focus on 2016 assembly

“About 35 to 40 of our candidates had to withdraw their nominations, some at gunpoints," Sidharth Singh said.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 29, 2015 2:56 am

BJP national secretary and Bengal observer Siddharth Nath Singh Saturday said that the municipal election was a “farce” and they were concentrating on the Assembly elections of 2016.

“About 35 to 40 of our candidates from areas such as Arambagh, Kamarhati, Barrackpore had to withdraw their nominations, some at gunpoints. We are looking at the Assembly elections due next year and preparing for that,” Singh said.

He said that in a meeting in Delhi with Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26, a 2016 Working Group for Assembly election had been created.

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“On March 18, about 17 leaders from the state met party national president Amit Shah and chalked out a roadmap for the election next year. Sitharaman had formed a team of 10 which would meet every month preferably in Kolkata or if there is a time constraint, it will meet in Delhi,” Singh said. It is also learnt that some four to five ministers and three to four leaders from the Centre would frequent the state until the Assembly elections arrive.

Seven clusters have been formed of the 17 districts and seven in-charges have been chosen who are to ensure the strengthening up of the organisation to the grassroots level and will be accountable for their respective clusters. Leaders such as party state president Rahul Sinha, MP S S Ahluwalia and Amalendu Chatterjee would monitor the team.

The party has also created three media teams that will function from Kolkata, Siliguri and somewhere in mid-Bengal. State secretary Ritesh Tewari has been put in charge of the cells.

A team under Sisir Bajoria has been formed which would oversee the publicity department. Procurement of T-shirts, flags, hoardings and other advertisement campaigns would be done through this team. Two coordinators each from Delhi and Mumbai would come over to lend help while the literature would be prepared by senior BJP leader Tathagata Roy.

Singh blamed the faulty policies of the state government for suicide of potato farmers. “To add insult to injury, leaders of Mamata Banerjee government had said that the deaths were the result of family feud. We will visit some of the affected families in Hooghly tomorrow,” Singh added.

In another development, following the infighting in BJP over the selection of candidates for the coming municipal polls and the demonstration outside the party’s state headquarters, 10 CCTV cameras have been installed in and out of the office building for security reasons.

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