Shah asks party leaders in state to reach every booth

Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
13 Sep 2017

BJP president Amit Shah who today left Kolkata after a three-day visit to West Bengal is coming back to the state in January, 2018 again. The aim is to check how his instructions and assignments to expand the party's support base ahead of the panchayat elections due in early next year have been followed.

This was revealed by Rahul Sinha, BJP general secretary, who accompanied the party president at all his meetings and interactions with various sections of the society during the trip.
``The party president gave us some clear tasks, principal among these is to reach out to booth level areas--not a single booth has to be left out--and get the support of as many people as possible. The aim is to score a reasonably good result in the panchayat elections due early 2018. And if we can win a good number of panchayat bodies we will definitely stage splendid shows in the 2019 parliamentary elections and the 2021 Assembly elections,'' Sinha told The Echo of India at NSCBI airport of Kolkata. A host of BJP senior functionaries including Kailash Vijaybargiya, party observer in charge of West Bengal, Dilip Ghosh, state president, state general secretary Pratap Banerjee, to name a few, came to the airport to see the national president off.

Other leaders Echo of India spoke to said the party president expressed deep concern over the way party workers were being attacked allegedly by goons of the ruling Trinamool Congres. ``Around 12 workers died while 600 received injuries in attacks on our cadre at various places of the state. In fact no other state in India witnesses political violence as much as West Bengal does. Our president told us to mount a concerted resistance against the TMC onslaught,'' Kailash Vijaybargiya said at the airport. However, according to some insiders, Shah was not happy with the progress of the party's Bistarak (enrollment of new members) programme and he had taken the state leadership to task for the tardy progress.

According to one report submitted before Shah while following the Bistarak yojna launched on June 7 and wound up on June 21 the party leadership reached a total of 3596 booths and 30,98,960 voters whereas the state unit claimed to have reached out to 77,411 booths. ``The total number of voters in West Bengal today is 6,56,39,006.  We received 86,92,297 votes in 2014 parliamentary elections and  55,55,134 votes in 2016 Assembly elections,'' the report said.