BJP is likely to revamp its strategy for the upcoming municipal elections after taking a cue from its landslide victory in the UP assembly elections. BJP wants to send a clear message to all its members and the voters that it’s absolutely against the “politics of appeasement “.
Following the withdrawal of two BJP candidates filing their nomination for the upcoming municipal polls, allegedly threatened by the TMC, BJP decided that it won’t field any Muslim candidate from Bengal. The BJP doesn’t want to lose its ground in Bengal so it is taking all kinds of precautions to launch full swing preparations for the upcoming municipal and Lok Sabha polls.
BJP Minority Morcha President Ali Hossain stated, that,” “We had fielded two minority candidates in Panskura municipality. But due to TMC’s intimidation, they had withdrawn their nomination. So we decided that we won’t field any Muslim candidate as most of the wards of these civic bodies do not have a large Muslim population.”
Mean while the allegation of intimidation by TMC was completely overruled by TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari. However, BJP state President Dilip Ghosh asserted that” We wish to win the trust of the masses. We don’t believe in appeasement politics and that is why we came out with flying colors in UP assembly elections.”
As the countdown begins for the upcoming municipal polls, we will begin to get a clear picture of BJP’s scheme to redraw Bengal’s political landscape. As Amit Shah’s Slogan of ‘Ebar Bangla’ echoes the determination with BJP is planning to foray into Bengal, it also targets to hit the party’s membership to one crore, ahead of the Bengal panchayat polls.
The BJP is gearing up with its two pronged strategy to lift its status-one is to launch a door to door campaign to identify prospective voters and cashing on the consolidated Hindu votes, who remain frayed by the Bangladeshi infiltration.
The TMC is basically shuttling between the Left’s once vaunted organizational structure and soft pedaling Hindu sentiments to the extent that the workers don’t leave en masse for BJP.
So far the Chief Minister’s invectives against the BJP have failed to make an imprint at the national level. Her rhetorics are more of a gospel for her party workers than a “threat” against BJP.
The elections will be held in 43 wards of Durgapur, 16 wards of Jalpaiguri and 14 wards of Dakshin Dinajpur respectively. Two municipalities in East Midnapore are also going to polls Panskura with 18 wards and Haldia with 29 wards. Elections will also be held at Cooper’s Camp with 12 wards and Nalhati Municipality in Birbhum with 16 wards.
There will be two bye-elections in two wards at Champdani Municipality in Hooghly and Jhargram Municipality in Jhargram. The election in seven civic bodies will be held on August 13 and on August 17 the results will be announced.
A couple of armed rallies and religious processions in festivals like Ramnavami have already been observed in West Bengal as a sign of BJP’s armour of emergency.
As the Assembly polls are still far behind BJP, takes on the UP mode without spilling the beans on its Chief Ministerial candidate and wants to concentrate mainly on the panchayat and parliamentary elections to be held in 2019.