Requested about girls voters, the West Bengal BJP leaders mentioned no matter what “we claimed, Mamata had performed loads for ladies in rural areas”
New Delhi: Because the mud settled, a covert blame recreation has begun within the West Bengal BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the social gathering’s central management have emerged as the primary goal of the West Bengal BJP leaders. Fingers are actually being pointed on the Prime Minister’s type of campaigning.
Nerves seemed to be frayed over the obvious “marginalisation” of the native leaders by the heavyweights from Delhi and north India. It was additionally claimed that each the central and native management failed to draw the state’s intelligentsia and Bengali bhadralok within the city areas following a “sectarian and low stage” type of campaigning.
Talking to this correspondent from Kolkata, a senior BJP chief felt that the primary “strategic error” was the failure to convey forth an “efficient Bengali management” within the state. “Identification disaster” hit the BJP laborious as the vast majority of the rallies, which included that of the Prime Minister and residential minister Amit Shah have been addressed in Hindi. This helped strengthen Ms Banerjee’s narrative of the “BJP is an outsider”.
The native leaders additionally questioned the common visits of the Prime Minister and the tenting of the house minister within the state throughout the elections. “They behaved like a every day passenger. This gave an impression that if the BJP received, the state authorities can be run by distant management from Delhi.” Some senior state leaders claimed that this specific impression broken the BJP among the many native intelligentsia and that’s “why Mamata Banerjee swept Kolkata, Howrah and North and South 24 Parganas”.
The Prime Minister’s “Didi O Didi” jibe has additionally come beneath extreme criticism by native leaders. The Prime Minister has a “stature”, an area chief mentioned, and added: “Stooping to this stage to mock a lady chief doesn’t work for a PM’s picture. This could not have been performed at his stage.”
The native leaders additionally argued that as an alternative of speaking about governance and growth, the PM and the central leaders harped on corruption and scams throughout TMC rule. It was additional claimed that the social gathering “couldn’t present a imaginative and prescient for Bengal”. A senior social gathering chief mentioned that the “slender, sectarian type of campaigning” was rejected by individuals of West Bengal.
The central management was additionally accused of ruining the social gathering’s possibilities by “overplaying” the faith and Hindutva playing cards. “The central leaders refused to consider that the chants of Jai Shri Ram doesn’t work within the land of Tagore and Durga,” a celebration chief mentioned.
They claimed that even on Hindutva and non secular points, Ms Banerjee “stole the thunder”. She not solely recognized herself as a “Hindu Brahmin woman”, but in addition spouted out names of Durga’s 9 avatars and challenged the house minister to do the identical.
It was claimed that “not one of the native or central BJP leaders may match Mamata Banerjee’s connectivity with the native individuals”.
A senior Bengal BJP chief argued that the social gathering “did not learn” the Muslim votebank. Adhering to the normal line, the BJP strategists in West Bengal thought that the Muslim votes can be divided between the TMC and the Left-led Sanjukta Morcha. “This did us in. Practically 30 per cent of the Muslims voted en bloc in TMC’s favour and the Hindu votes obtained divided,” a West Bengal BJP chief identified. Whereas the TMC voteshare went up from 45 per cent to 50 per cent, the BJP’s voteshare got here down from 40 per cent to 38 per cent.
Requested about girls voters, the West Bengal BJP leaders mentioned no matter what “we claimed, Mamata had performed a number of work for ladies within the rural areas”. The central leaders apparently “refused to purchase this argument”.
The central leaders have been additionally accused of “curbing the liberty” of the native leaders and operated in a “dictatorial method”.
Nevertheless, it was felt that with over 70 seats, the BJP nonetheless has an opportunity, however wanted to take a “laborious look” at its crop of native leaders. It was argued that BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh, regardless of his “combating spirit”, was “not the face” that would lead the BJP to electoral victory within the state.” A frontrunner mentioned: “We want somebody like Bidhan Chandra Roy, a pacesetter of excessive caliber, revered throughout the state”.
Lastly, it was identified that the BJP ought to now begin “figuring out candidates” for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and make them begin cultivating their constituencies. “Parachuting outsiders and deciding candidates on the final second don’t work,” they felt.