Kolkata: BJP gears up for next year’s civic elections

  • Arindam Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 03, 2014 15:21 IST

State BJP will earnestly begin its preparation from January next year for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections slated for mid-2015. From next month, the state BJP leadership will begin drawing up the candidates contesting in the 141 wards of KMC.

A clean and corruption-free government, easy method for tax collection, development of bustees, adequate water supply to the city residents and a new beautification concept of the city are some issues BJP would highlight during the civic poll campaign.

According to the state BJP leaders, the public meeting of BJP national president Amit Shah last Sunday in the city kicked-off the party’s preparation for civic polls.

And Amit Shah sounded the poll bugle by announcing that in the coming days the BJP would remove the Trinamool from power in Bengal.

“We initially had pockets of influence in the rural belt, but now our support base is spreading fast in the city. In the rally, people came from all the 141 wards of the city. We expect to do very well in the civic polls,” said BJP MLA Shamik Bhattacharya.

BJP leaders said that people, both political and apolitical, were turning out in big number in the BJP public meetings in all wards of Garden Reach, EM Bypass, South and North Kolkata. And this number of people, the BJP expects to increase in the next six months by leaps and bounds. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls the BJP took lead in 37 wards in KMC. However, the saffron brigade believes the number of wards the BJP is likely to grab in the ensuing civic polls would be beyond their expectation.

“BJP’s suppor t base is increasing among all classes of people. The youth is also moving towards BJP,” said BJP state secretary Ritesh Tiwari.

At present, the state BJP is busy strengthening its organisation in all the wards of the city.

The BJP workers and leaders who were engaged to fight the Trinamool in the city’s two parliamentary constituencies during the Lok Sabha polls are being pulled in to work for the party for the ensuing the civic elections.

“There is a strong (Narendra) Modi wave blowing in Bengal. As a result, people from academic, cultural and service sectors are coming forwards to support us. BJP has established a support base among both the lower middle class and the middle class of the city,” said Shamik Bhattacharya.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha believes given the aggressive posture that Trinamool has taken against BJP and the way Trinamool leaders were hitting out against BJP, it appears Trinamool was already facing a challenge from BJP.

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