Kolkata: As battle 2016 looms, BJP goes house-hunting in the districts

  • Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2015 12:12 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah. (PTI photo)

Officially speaking, the Assembly polls in Bengal are six months away. But the BJP, which harbours the dream of unseating the CPI(M) as the main opposition party, at the least, is still to find a house to open its office in most of the 32 ‘organisational districts’ that it has drawn up in this state.

In advertisement parlance, one can well put it like this: ‘Wanted urgently: Minimum 1,400 square feet space on rent in each district town of Bengal. Larger premises and two-storied houses preferred. Please apply ASAP.’ It is, indeed, a race against time and a part of Plan B for the state BJP leadership which had originally planned to buy land and construct party offices in each of these 32 ‘organisational districts’. Rahul Sinha, state BJP president, told HT, “We need proper and well-equipped party offices. We have very little time and are ready to rent premises for the offices. Districts leaders have been asked to act on an urgent basis.” He added, “The process of buying land and building party offices there will continue simultaneously.”

The central party offices in each of these 32 organisational districts are expected to be vital for the party to coordinate organisational work, campaign and protest programmes.

SR Paul, state BJP vice-president and the man in charge of the ‘housing’ project, said, “We need modern party offices with ample space for president’s room, waiting room, conference room, modern communication system and a small library, among other things.”

“This process of buying land and building party offices is a time-consuming one,” Paul said.

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