Monday, May 20, 2024

BJP lays out its road map in West Bengal in the shadow of another murder

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is showing its intent on West Bengal with a series of moves even as the shadow of violence against its workers added one more victim in a BJP local leader in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Wednesday.

The incident took place during immersion of idols of Goddess Kali in Tufanganj area. The BJP has alleged that the TMC was behind the incident.

Meanwhile, it’s learnt that the party chief JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah would visit the eastern state every month till the elections are over.

While Shah is likely to visit two consecutive days every month, Nadda would make it three days in a month.  

This has been conveyed by the state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh.

Shah is likely to visit later this month, probably a visit focussed around north Bengal. He had paid a visit earlier this month too on November 5 to take stock of the party’s organisation.

North Bengal was once considered a Congress stronghold and later of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) which had bagged seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections. This region comprises of eight districts and accounts for 54 of the total 294 assembly seats.

Elections to the 294-member Assembly are expected to be held in April-May next year.

The BJP on Tuesday divided the state into five organisational zones and put central leaders in charge with an eye on the crucial elections next year.

Senior BJP leaders such as Sunil Deodhar, Vinod Tawde, Dushyant Gautam, Harish Dwivedi and Vinod Sonkar were handpicked by the party leadership to head the North Bengal, Rarh Banga (south-western districts), Nabadwip, Midnapore and Kolkata organisational zones.

The decision was taken in a high-level organisational meeting held in Kolkata with BJP national general secretaries BL Santosh and Kailash Vijayvargiya present.

Deodhar who is credited with party’s victory in Tripura in 2018, would handle Midnapore zone where the BJP has made impressive inroads. The region is largely populated by tribal and backward communities.

Amit Malviya, BJP IT cell head, has the additional responsibility of being co-incharge in the state.

Meanwhile, former CPI-M councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), Riku Naskar joined the BJP on Tuesday.

BJP has made impressive growth in Bengal having won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the 2019 general elections.

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