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After by-poll drubbing, BJP not too upbeat on prospects

After by-poll drubbing, BJP not too upbeat on prospects
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The civic polls, including in Kolkata, will be followed by elections to 92 other civic bodies across the state on April 25. The party said it will be concentrating more on the 2016 Assembly polls.

Trinamool Congress had retained both Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj Assembly seats with huge margins in the by-polls held in the month of February. Though the BJP is banking on the excuse that the civic polls will be a state show (with a fact that it will organized by the State Election Commission and managed by local administration), ground realties suggest that the saffron party’s base in the state is in shambles, with its support base declining.

Speaking to the Millennium Post, BJP national secretary and in charge of West Bengal, Siddharth Nath Singh said: “The civic election will be highly rigged as it is controlled by the state administration. We recently had a meeting with the state leadership in Delhi and our main focus is to concentrate on 2016 Assembly poll.”

On the context of whether the party is happy with the functioning of West Bengal unit of the party with amid rumours like BJP president Rahul Sinha might be removed with party MP Babul Supriya, he said: “We are extremely happy with Sinha and there is no question of removing him.”

However, sources said that there is infighting between the state BJP and the central leadership and it has a taken a serious turn in the recent past.

It was learnt that BJP president Amit Shah had a detailed meeting with the state leadership and reportedly expressed unhappiness over the party’s West Bengal leaders failing to take advantage of the political situation that was created in favour of the party after the Lok Sabha polls.
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