Involved over his occasion’s defeat within the April-Could West Bengal meeting polls, the Bharatiya Janata Get together’s state unit president Dilip Ghosh has began chalking out plans to tackle the ruling Trinamool Congress within the elections for greater than 100 civic our bodies to be held this 12 months.
Chatting with News18, Ghosh mentioned, “Yes, polls are scheduled to be held this year in more than 100 civic bodies and we are aiming for it. We still have a good number of supporters in Bengal. Our vote share increased from 4 per cent in the 2011 assembly polls to more than 40 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It dipped a little bit this time (the assembly elections) but we are not losing hope as far as the civic polls are concerned.”
Polling in 107 municipalities throughout the state is due and, on a number of events earlier than the meeting elections, Ghosh had claimed that the TMC was petrified of holding the civic polls as a result of chief minister Mamata Banerjee knew her occasion would face a humiliating defeat. Within the state election outcomes introduced on Could 2, nonetheless, the saffron occasion remained restricted to only 77 seats in Bengal as an alternative of getting wherever near the 200-plus goal that was repeatedly and publicly projected by its prime leaders throughout ballot campaigns. The TMC swept the fiercely fought polls, bagging 213 of the 292 seats out there. Now that the political scenario isn’t beneficial for the BJP, Ghosh has requested occasion staff to extend mass join with the folks in all of the 107 municipalities throughout the state. The occasion is especially centered on the 144 wards within the Kolkata Municipal Company (KMC) space.
When requested how tough it could be for him to retain his workforce as there are studies that a lot of BJP leaders could swap to the TMC camp forward of the civic polls, Ghosh mentioned, “In Bengal, all elections are challenging and therefore we are not taking the municipal polls lightly. We have seen how despite winning several gram panchayat seats, the Trinamool Congress didn’t allow our leaders to run the panchayats. The winning candidates were attacked and murdered. They were forced to take shelter in other states. Not the least, TMC leaders didn’t allow us to file nominations during panchayat polls. These are the challenges we are expecting during the civic polls. As far as the possibilities of BJP leaders joining the TMC camp are concerned, I have nothing to say. In politics, such things happen and there is nothing unusual. People will come and they will quit. But I believe that my old BJP leaders will stick with us and they will work hard to steer the party forward.”
The BJP has additionally began getting ready report playing cards of the TMC councillors to spotlight failures. The occasion will underscore the menace of dengue in Kolkata, poor infrastructure of municipality-run faculties and healthcare centres, in addition to insufficient sanitation work.
Concerning the turncoats from the TMC who didn’t carry out for the BJP within the meeting polls, Ghosh mentioned, “In a democracy, you cannot stop anyone from joining any party. I think we should now focus on strengthening the party through proper ‘prashikshan’ (training) to look forward.”
Within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP despatched shockwaves via the TMC camp by profitable a formidable 18 of 42 seats in Bengal.
Previously 5 years, the saffron occasion has made vital inroads in West Bengal and below the management of Dilip Ghosh it has not solely managed to wrest 18 Lok Sabha seats (up from a mere two in 2014) from the TMC but additionally carried out nicely in almost 51 out of the 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Company.
The BJP’s evaluation discovered that within the 2019 parliamentary polls, voting patterns advised that in South and in North Kolkata, the occasion took the lead in almost 26 wards. This included ward quantity 82 in Chetla, which belongs to mayor Firhad Hakim.
In January 2011, Hakim received a by-election from Chetla by securing almost 76.82 per cent votes. In 2010, he had received from the identical ward with almost 72 per cent votes. His victory margin was big in opposition to the BJP’s Jiban Sen who might handle solely 11.95 per cent votes.
However within the Lok Sabha elections, Hakim’s occasion colleague Mala Roy, the Kolkata South candidate, managed to take the lead by round 1,000 votes solely from the Chetla phase.
Probably the most vital was Mamata Banerjee’s personal ward quantity 73. As per the 2019 voting patterns, the BJP was forward right here by almost 490 votes.
Related developments have been additionally seen in ward numbers 58, 85 and 93. Whereas ward quantity 58 is of senior mayor-in-council member Swapan Samaddar, ward numbers 85 and 93 belong to Debasish Kumar and Ratan De, respectively. In all three wards, they didn’t safe the lead.
Not less than three borough TMC chairpersons — Sandip Bakshi, Ratan Malakar and Susanta Ghosh — additionally trailed of their respective wards.
Senior TMC chief and occasion MP Sudip Bandopadhyay additionally trailed in eight of the 11 wards at Jorasanko within the Kolkata North Lok Sabha constituency. In Jadavpur, the ruling TMC trailed in 4 wards within the common elections.
In 2015, Trinamool had received 11 of the entire 144 wards below the KMC. The Left events had received 15 seats, whereas the BJP and Congress received seven and 5, respectively.
Polling was held in 91 municipalities throughout the state in 2015 and TMC managed to win 71.
The State Election Fee (SEC), considerably, has drafted a listing of reservations for the civic polls, indicating that 4 mayor-in-council members — Swapan Samaddar (accountable for atmosphere and bustee growth), Ratan Dey (roads), Baiswanor Chatterjee (housing) and Debabrata Majumder (stable waste administration) — and two borough chairpersons of the KMC will be unable to contest from their very own wards.
As per the SEC’s draft, eight out of the KMC’s 144 wards have come below Scheduled Caste reservation together with three for SC girls. A complete of 45 wards have been reserved for girls within the common class.
On October 1, 2020, the West Bengal BJP demanded quick intervention of the state ballot panel in conducting the civic elections.
Alleging that the state authorities was deliberately delaying the ballot course of, the occasion in its letter additionally talked about the Supreme Courtroom order (dated September 22, 2020), which sought the SEC’s opinion on how quickly the pending elections might be carried out.
The Calcutta Excessive Courtroom had additionally noticed that the polls needs to be held as quickly as attainable.
Chief of the Opposition (LoP) within the state meeting and BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari mentioned, “The party will decide how to go for the civic polls, and as far as my strategy is concerned, I will not like to make any comments or reveal anything to the media on this issue right now.”