BJP president Amit Shah has exhorted the party leadership in West Bengal to launch a mass movement against the alleged misrule of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a state BJP leader said today. Shah, who is on a 3-day visit to the state, also advised partymen to reach out to the masses with the development projects initiated by the Modi government. “Amit Shahji told us that instead of complaining of attack against our party workers by TMC, we should put up a counter resistance through a mass movement against their (TMC) misrule. Our party president is well aware of the present political situation in Bengal,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told reporters after a four-hour-long closed door meet here that Shah had with state party leaders. “He is here to encourage us despite the fact that BJP has only three MLAs and two Lok Sabha MPs from the state,” Ghosh said.
Ghosh said that the party chief told them that the only formula for increasing the BJP’s base in Bengal is to build an “active organization”. “He said that an active organization can help the party to grow in the state. There is no other way to increase BJP’s base in Bengal,” Ghosh said quoting Shah. Shah today held marathon closed door meetings with state office bearers and district leadership of BJP.
According to state BJP sources, Shah while addressing the party leaders said that the party will reach its peak only when it forms governments in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and other non-BJP ruled states. “Amit Shahji said that when Jan Sangh started its journey it was not in power in any municipality or any state. But today BJP on its own has formed the government at the Centre and in many other states,” a senior state party leader, who did not want to be quoted, said. “The BJP has the largest number of MPs in both houses of Parliament. But the party is yet to reach the peak. The sky is the limit,” the state party functionary said quoting Shah. “Amit Shah said that BJP’s sole aim is not only to form government but also to serve the nation,” the state leader said.
Several state party leaders informed Shah of the difficulties that the party is facing at the grassroot level in the state.
BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said that tomorrow Shah is scheduled to meet party workers who are the victims of Trinamool Congress violence and will also meet intellectuals.