Come February and BJP president Amit Shah will roll out his grand plan to set up the one thing that his party needs to attempt a kill in the summer of 2016 – an organization set up. Starting February 1, Shah will start touring each of the 20 districts of the state, addressing party workers and charting a blue print to take on the might of Trinamool Congress.
The assignment is not enviable – Shah has set a benchmark for himself in state such as Uttar Pradesh where it secured 73 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, and Maharastra, where it captured power even without Shiv Sena.
“His tour of the districts starts on February 1, with a public rally in Burdwan,” BJP state president Rahul Sinha said. “Gradually, he will visit all the districts,” Sinha added.
Burdwan is a carefully though out selection. The Burdwan blast on October 2 has not only exposed widespread terror links in Bengal, but also revealed callousness of the Mamata Banerjee government in tracking and dealing with such terror outfits.
“The rally from Burdwan is aimed at assuring the Hindus that the BJP is there to save the lives of the commoners of Bengal,” a BJP leader said. Sources claimed the Sangh parivar has already done its groundwork in Burdwan district, and managed to bring some students and professors of Burdwan University in their fold.
The day after the Burdwan rally, Shah would meet party whole-timers recently appointed by the BJP state unit at all the 294 Assembly segments in the state. Each assembly segment has got one whole timer as a nodal operative.
“Shah would interact with these whole-timers in the presence of the state leadership and chalk out concrete action-oriented strategies,” Sinha said.
Bengal BJP leaders expect the party president’s visit to the districts to boost the fighting morale of the BJP activists and supporters at a time when Trinamool Congress continues to enjoy significant clout in the rural belts of Bengal.
“The party president’s focus in the state would also take the message to our support base that there is no lack of seriousness among the top leadership about topping the Mamata Banerjee government,” a BJP leader said.
Over the past few months the state has increasingly witnessed clashes between Trinamool and BJP supporters as the latter gradually tried to spread its wings in the rural belts.
With Shah’s programme, the ruling party’s resistance, and resultant tension, may just increase.