BJP to go all out for WB civic body polls...

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Snigdhendu Bhat­tacharya snigdhendu.Bhat­tacharya@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KOLKATA: Un­ful­filled prom­ises, cor­rup­tion and lack of law and or­der in the state would be on the BJP’s agenda for the civic bod­ies polls, likely to be held in a few months, in West Ben­gal.

“We’ll contest in all the civic body elec­tions,” BJP West Ben­gal pres­i­dent Rahul Sinha told HT, adding that the state BJP would take a two-pronged strat­egy to de­feat the rul­ing Tri­namool Congress.

Elec­tions of almost a hun­dred civic bod­ies, in­clud­ing Kolkata Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KMC), are due in the next eight months. While elec­tions of 17 civic bod­ies are due since last year and ex­pected to be held by Jan­uary, tenures of 81 other civic bod­ies, in­clud­ing KMC, would be over by May next year.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan chalked out by BJP, lo­cal units would jot down is­sues for ev­ery civic body, while the BJP would cen­trally cam­paign, seek­ing an end to the ‘rule of law­less­ness’ in West Ben­gal.

“Un­ful­filled elec­toral prom­ises and cor­rup­tion are among our key is­sues,” Sinha said on Fri­day.

ELEC­TIONS OF ALMOST A HUN­DRED CIVIC BOD­IES IN THE STATE, IN­CLUD­ING THE KOLKATA MU­NIC­I­PAL COR­PO­RA­TION, ARE DUE IN THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS

“Lo­cal units would make lists of what prom­ises the pre­vi­ous civic boards had made and how much of it have been ful­filled. Be­sides, all is­sues re­lated to cor­rup­tion would be ad­dressed,” he added.

The state BJP’s pri­mary tar­get is to leave a mark in the elec­tions of the 17 civic bod­ies. Presently, BJP does not run any civic body in West Ben­gal. They have only three coun­cil­lors in the 141-mem­ber KMC. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions, BJP had a lead in 26 KMC wards.

Mean­while, Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh has asked the state lead­er­ship to send the mes­sage that party will not ac­cept any­one who wants to join them. Rather, they must have a clean im­age and not be in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

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