BJP in West Bengal Saturday exuded confidence of winning seats “in the double digits” when poll results are declared on May 19. Though confident, state party president Dilip Ghosh didn’t clarify the exact number of seats. Sources, however, claimed “10”.
“After the polls ended on May 5, we analysed the feedback. Based on that, we can confidently say we will get enough seats to reach the double digit mark. Our party will also be the deciding factor in many Assembly seats,” Ghosh said.
Senior leaders, however, added that the results will be a key to party’s own fate. “The state unit’s power equations are determined right now by two factors — proximity with the Delhi leadership and success in Assembly polls. It hasn’t mattered in the past as much, because we had only one MLA. Once results are in, it will be different,” said a senior leader.
Party sources maintained they are looking to “do well” in 10 seats. Their internal report puts BJP ahead in seats such as Mayureshwar (Locket Chatterjee), Madarihat (Manoj Tigga), Kharagpur (Dilip Ghosh), Jorashankho (Rahul Sinha) and Basirhat (Samik Bhattacharya).
The BJP has come from internal fights and the removal of its former state chief Rahul Sinha, which led to the appointment of Ghosh, a former RSS pracharak. “If Sinha wins and Ghosh loses, this will change equations. Sinha’s job became easier with the flyover collapse concentrating the ire against the TMC. Also, Roopa Ganguly had initially wanted to fight from Jorashankho. But the party leadership decided to make her contest from Howrah, where she is likely to lose,” added the leader.
Meanwhile, Ghosh maintained BJP’s decision “not to forge alliance” with any political party in Bengal. “We contested the polls alone like we did in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and won two seats. Even after May 19, we will continue to move alone”.
Ghosh also apprehended that violence would aggravate after the results are declared next week. “We are already seeing rampant post-poll violence, mainly in south Bengal. Police and administration are reluctant to take action. The change they had shown from third phase of polling seems to be getting shadowed,” Ghosh said.
Ghosh hoped the police and administration will “do their job in controlling any trouble post results.” In case the administration fails, BJP would be “provoked” into seeking help from the Governor and the Centre, he said.
On violence at Jadavpur University, Ghosh said everyone has the right to hold rallies outside the campus and it was within ABVP’s rights to do so. “Can that right belong to followers of a single party?” he asked.
On alleged molestation of JU’s girl students by AVBP supporters, Ghosh claimed four ABVP members were packing film projection equipment when members of Left student wing attacked them, adding, “such baseless allegations are extremely shameless.”