BJP may not have a great track record in Bengal. However,the saffron partys superb performance in the Assembly elections in the four states have buoyed them to perform better in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Bengal as well.
Admitting that the performance of the BJP in Bengal had not been impressive,partys Bengal observer Varun Gandhi Wednesday said they will look to adopt strategies that will bear rich dividends in the polls. We will be contesting in all the seats and will look to better the results of the 1999 elections when we won two seats.
Varun,however,played it safe when asked about the possibility of an alliance with the Trinamool Congress,saying a decision on alliances will be taken by the central committee. The BJP MP also refrained from criticising Mamatas policy of appeasing Muslims. I feel every citizen must be treated equally irrespective of their religious beliefs. Our agenda will be focused on development and movement is in positive direction, he said.
On partys pre-poll strategies,Varun said a series of rallies have been planned. Two very big rallies are in pipeline. We will screen our candidates and ensure greater participation from workers. We will also consider candidates whom people of the respective districts want.
Varun also scoffed at reports of Sourav Ganguly campaigning for them in the state. There have not been any such talks…we have no plans of roping in Ganguly.
BJP MP Smriti Irani was overwhelmed seeing stupendous response she got at her rally in Howrah Tuesday. It was amazing how enthusiastic people were who turned up for Run For Unity rally. I can only term the response stupendous, she said.