BJP national president Amit Shah has asked his leaders in Bengal to grade all the 294 assembly seats according to the party’s chances of winning in the run up to the 2016 polls.
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The party will deploy men and resources according to the probability – the higher the chances, the more the resources that would be pumped into a constituency.
Shah asked his men to categorise the seats into four grades – A, where victory is highly probable; B where it is probable but with conditions; C where chances are slim and D where there are no chances whatsoever.
According to party sources, Shah asked the Bengal core group to initiate the process of gradation. On Tuesday morning, the BJP president met Bengal leaders during his Kolkata visit.
“Our national president asked us to initiate a process of gradation of assembly seats in the state. No party will win all the 294 seats. We need to win 150. Therefore, we are categorising the seats based on the probability of winning. We have started the process,” said Rahul Sinha, BJP state president.
“While doing the grading, voting pattern, our vote share, popularity and other factors will be taken into account. We will have to work more where we are weak,” added Sinha.
“We will contest all the seats and fight tooth and nail against the Trinamool Congress and other parties. But it is true that we plan to stress more on seats where we have high probability of winning or have a favourable condition. We would put strong candidates and push in men as well as resources for these seats,” said a senior state leader.
According to party sources, the BJP state leadership has already communicated Shah’s message to party whole-timers at all mandals (party units comprising a constituency), district leadership and mandal leadership. Opinion of the ‘sahayogi sangathan’, including that of the Rashtriya Syawamsevak Sangh would be taken.
Mandal leadership, district leadership and whole-timers would send a report to the state committee over the gradation. The committee will take a final call. Thereafter, the list will be sent directly to Shah’s office in Delhi.
According to the state leadership, the party would be busy for the Maha Sampark Abhiyan in July. During this time, it would reach out to around 45 lakh new members in the state. Later, training of new members will be undertaken. The gradation process would also be undertaken along with this exercise.
Presently, the party has one MLA, Samik Bhattacharya, who won from Bashirhat Dakshin in a bypoll late last year.
BJP was ahead in dozens of assembly constituencies, including Bhowanipur – the chief minister’s constituency – after the Lok Sabha results came out.
However, the party lost much of the momentum and failed to leave a mark in the recently held municipal polls in the state, failing to win even one of the 90 plus civic bodies across the state.