BJP to combat Bengal elections with out projecting Chief Minister face: Vijayvargiya

Kolkata, August 23

The BJP won’t mission any chief ministerial candidate for West Bengal Assembly polls and financial institution on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s growth plank to combat towards the TMC, the social gathering’s Bengal minder, Kailash Vijayvargiya, mentioned.

The saffron camp will choose its chief minister, as soon as voted to energy, he mentioned on Sunday.

“As of now, it has been decided that we won’t project anyone as our chief ministerial face. We will fight under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and win the election. Once voted to power, the legislative party in consultation with central leadership will decide on its chief ministerial choice,” Vijayvargiya informed PTI.

Asked if the social gathering has anybody in thoughts for the publish, he mentioned that “time has the answer”.

“Right now, our target is to win 220-230 seats in the 294-member Assembly. We will achieve our target as we did in the Lok Sabha polls. The issue of projecting a CM face won’t be a factor,” he mentioned.

Incidentally, in 2016, too, the BJP had fought the Assembly polls with none CM face. But a number of water has flown beneath the Howrah Bridge over the past 4 years, with the saffron social gathering having emerged because the prime challenger of the ruling TMC in Bengal, by pushing the standard opposition events—the CPI (M) and the Congress—to distant third and fourth positions.

The saffron camp reached its all-time excessive in Bengal politics final 12 months when it shocked political pundits by bagging 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats within the state, 4 lower than the ruling TMC, and with a staggering vote share of 41 per cent.

According to BJP sources, the choice of anointing a chief ministerial face earlier than elections could possibly be a double-edged sword for the social gathering, so it might “be wiser to rely on the negatives of the opposition camp” to win the elections.

“We will fight elections on the development plank of Narendra Modi and by highlighting the failures of the TMC government. Elections are won and lost depending on the performance of the incumbent government. That is what had happened in 1977 and 2011 when the Left Front was voted to power and also when it lost the polls,” a senior BJP chief mentioned.

In a number of states the place the BJP has seized energy, resembling Haryana, Maharashtra, Manipur, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, the social gathering didn’t have any CM candidate throughout the polls, he mentioned.

Noted political analyst Biswanath Chakraborty additionally echoed the identical sentiments.

“If you take a look at elections, both at the state-level and the Centre, a face is not always that important, it’s the negative votes and anti-incumbency against the present-day government that makes the difference,” Chakraborty informed PTI.

According to state BJP sources, just a few names have been doing rounds within the social gathering, however the management is but to take a last name on the matter and can look forward to the ballot outcomes.

“Dilip Ghosh tops the chart, as it’s throughout his tenure because the state BJP chief that the social gathering witnessed such a meteoric rise. He has a powerful RSS background, too. The names of Swapan Dasgupta, MP and a famous member of the BJP mental cell, and Tathagatha Roy, former governor and ex-state president, have additionally been doing the rounds. But nothing has been finalised.

“Now, whether the party top brass has any hidden trump card up its sleeves, only time will tell,” a senior state BJP chief mentioned.

When contacted, Ghosh mentioned, “The BJP in Bengal is not driven by an individual, unlike the TMC.” Tathagatha Roy, who’s hoping to make a comeback in lively politics, and Dasgupta declined to remark.

According to BJP sources, the anointment of a chief ministerial candidate would open up a pandora’s field within the social gathering’s state unit.

“The issue of zeroing in on a CM can cut both ways; if you anoint someone, he will have to carry the onus of both victory and defeat. Secondly, the other factions might not take it positively, and it might adversely affect our poll prospects,” one other senior state BJP chief mentioned.

The Trinamool Congress, nonetheless, feels it might be powerful for the opposition to dislodge the Mamata Banerjee authorities with out projecting a reputable face as her contender.

“Bengal has always voted for a credible leader, be it in the opposition camp or the ruling party. This has been the trend since the days of B C Roy, Siddhartha Sankar Roy, Jyoti Basu, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and now Mamata Banerjee. The BJP not having a credible face against Banerjee will be an added advantage for us,” senior TMC MP and spokesperson Sougata Roy informed PTI.

Senior state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya mentioned a celebration must rely upon its organizational energy and the “anti-government wave” to win elections, within the absence of a CM candidate.

The CPI (M), nonetheless, feels that greater than the face, it’s the “policies and the ideologies” of a celebration that make all of the distinction. PTI


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