EVEN AS one lakh security personnel were deployed for the third phase of polls in 62 Assembly constituencies, including seven in the metropolis, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said he anticipates that the ruling Trinamool Congress would try to create trouble tomorrow.
“There is sufficient central force deployed in the state and the ruling party is rattled, looking at the way people are coming out to cast their votes. Thus, I believe they would try to create trouble on poll day tomorrow,” Ghosh said during a press conference organised by Calcutta Journalists Club.
He added that they were also keeping a close watch on the situation and report to the Election Commission if there is any form of disturbance.
Claiming that the BJP will play a major role in formation of the next government, Ghosh said, “We are aiming at securing 148 seats but even if we don’t achieve that, I can say for sure that BJP would be a determining force in forming the next government here. No government would be formed without taking the BJP into consideration.”
Referring to the Narada News sting operation, the BJP leader said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had constantly kept changing her statements on the matter. “Initially she had said the video tape was a fake one. Then she passed it on as donation and later when people saw through all the tricks, she said she would not have pitched the candidates who had been accepting money,” Ghosh said.
Brushing aside allegations of a tacit understanding between the Trinamool and the BJP, he said, “It is a tactic of other Opposition parties. We have been more vocal against the TMC than any other party here.”
The state BJP president further compared former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to Kumbhakarna, the mythological character who was woken up from sleep to fight against Lord Ram, but got killed himself. “Bhattacharjee is trying to keep the party afloat by forming an alliance with arch rivals of decades. People will not take it well. They will reply through the ballot box,” he said.
Ghosh also extended his support to actor-turned-BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee who allegedly threatened the presiding officer of a booth in her constituency Mayureswar in Birbhum district. “She has done exactly what was required at a place like Birbhum. I stand by what she had said,” he said.