West Bengal BJP has decided to highlight the army’s surgical strikes in PoK and the developmental policies of the Centre in its campaign for the November 19 by-poll in the state. “TMC, in its campaign, is calling the BJP a communal force. We will campaign on how fundamentalism is rising in the state under the TMC rule. We will highlight what a strong government can do to give a befitting reply to Pakistan. We will also use the developmental policies of the (Narendra) Modi government in our campaign,” a senior state BJP leader said.
The saffron party also accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal of “unleashing terror” in various parts of the two Lok Sabha constituencies which will go to polls on November 19. “In Tamluk, our cadres are being beaten up and prevented from campaigning. This is the real face of the TMC. The Congress and the CPI(M) have ceased to exist (in the state). Thus, the TMC is afraid of the BJP in Cooch Behar and Tamluk,” state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh claimed.
Tamluk in East Midnapore district and Cooch Behar parliamentary seats, along with the Monteswar Assembly seat in Burdwan, will go to polls on November 19. By-polls to the Cooch Behar and Monteswar seats were necessitated following the deaths of TMC MP Renuka Sinha and MLA Sajal Panja respectively. The by-poll to the Tamluk Lok Sabha seat is being held as TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari subsequently won the West Bengal Assembly election from the Nandigram seat. Adhikari is now a state minister.