Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership today expressed unhappiness to the state leaders for failing to take “proper advantage” of the political situation that was created in favour of the party after the Lok Sabha polls.
At a meeting between BJP national secretary and in-charge of Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh and state office bearers, Singh asked the latter to work hard in Bengal and use the political situation in favour of BJP.
“We have called all the general secretaries and leaders to Delhi on March 17-18 for a meeting with our party president Amit Shah and prepare the road map for the next Assembly polls. We will present him with the draft blueprint,” Singh told PTI.
A senior BJP leader, who was present at the meeting, said Singh lashed out at state leaders for not being able to fight the perception that is being created that TMC general secretary Mukul Roy, whose name has cropped up in the Saradha chit fund scam, is joining BJP.
“When a state leader asked Singh that there is perception among the public that Roy will join BJP, he said the official party line is that BJP will not accept any Saradha tainted leaders and it is the duty of the state leaders to convey this message to the cadres and masses,” the leader said on the condition of anonymity.
The leader also said that Singh has made it loud and clear that there should be no place for complacency in the state BJP, if they want to win the 2016 Assembly polls.
Another senior BJP leader, who refused to be named, said Singh has expressed his displeasure over not using the present political situation and vacuum in Bengal politics.
“He has asked us to work hard and achieve the goal. He also pointed out that the state BJP has been helped in every way by the central leadership in terms of both resources and backing,” the leader said.
Meanwhile, the state BJP unit which is having a tough time in preparing list of 144 candidates out of the 1,800 applications for Kolkata
Municipal Corporation polls, faced protests before the state headquarters where several aspirants of party ticket had lined up.
The protestors alleged that old timers were being sidelined in terms of selection of candidates. Later on the matter was sorted out after a meeting with state leaders.
“This is happening in most of the places where old timers have been sidelined and more importance are being given to non-Bengalis even in areas with a high Bengali population,” a senior BJP functionary said.
There are also allegations that several leaders are pushing their family members like wife, daughters and sisters, in wards reserved for women.
State BJP president Rahul Sinha said, “There are certain wards where we have received near about 37 applications. The party ticket will be given to only one. So it is natural that rest 36 will get angry. But this is a temporary situation which will die down normally”.