BJP state president Dilip Ghosh Sunday began his maiden trip to the districts ahead of the Assembly elections starting off with Cooch Behar where he met members of the newly-formed district committees.
The intention, Ghosh said over phone to The Indian Express, was to get to know the new district committee members in person and convey to them the “expectations” of the leadership from them in the forthcoming Assembly polls.
“Our discussions mainly revolved around the upcoming rally in Malda (on January 18) where Union minister Nitin Gadkari would be present. This year we have a new opportunity to oust the TMC government from Bengal,” Ghosh said, and added that the party would hold three more rallies — on January 21 (Barasat), January 22 (Burdwan) and January 25 (Howrah), which will be attended by Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and BJP national president Amit Shah, respectively.
About the preparations, he said the state unit has decided to appoint an in-charge who will oversee 10 booths and will be expected to create a movement in his area.
On day 2 of his visit to Cooch Behar, Ghosh would visit some of the enclaves that have now become part of India after the recent land swap with Bangladesh. “We will tell them that it is the BJP government which finally addressed their problem, existing since Independence. Moreover, there are several developmental projects launched by the Centre worth thousands of crores which the state government either claims credit for or misuses to fund its ‘utsavs’,” Ghosh alleged.
On Sunday, Ghosh also attended a couple of meetings in the adjoining areas of Alipurduar and met family members of BJP workers who were allegedly injured in recent clashes with the supporters of the ruling party. He reportedly donated Rs 10,000 to 27 of the families.
Ghosh rubbished the opposition parties’ repeated claim of there being an “understanding” between the TMC and the BJP, saying had there been an alliance between them, BJP workers would not have been beaten up. “The political tactics of Bengal would be decided by the state itself. There will be no intervention by the Centre. They will only cooperate with us,” he said.