Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged thank you greetings tweets for New Year’s.
In Bengal Assembly elections, their parties are prepping to do battle that are due in a few months.
BJP will not project any chief ministerial candidate and hopes to make first serious impact in the state.
With the slogan “Parivartan Nahi Patan” which accuses the ruling Trinamool of promising change but ruining the state, it will ask Bengal to choose between Ms Banerjee and development.
It will also attack “mirror image of the CPM” Trinamool,which Mamata Banerjee uprooted in 2011 after the Left party ruled the state for 35 years, sources said. In 2011, BJP had won no assembly seat and now holds one after winning a by-election.
In 2014,Lok Sabha elections, the party has built its cadres and made gains in the state since, getting 16 per cent of the vote share.
In West Bengal, PM Modi will address fewer rallies than he did recently in Bihar, sources said as he will have to divide his time between five states where elections will be held.
In West Bengal, as BJP polishes its strategy and also watching its rivals closely. If the Congress ties up with the Trinamool,BJP leaders believe that they will consolidate Muslim votes hitting the CPM badly and that could give the BJP some advantage.
If the Congress allies with the CPM, it also assesses that then the state’s 30 per cent Muslim vote – which had swung away from the Left last time helping Mamata Banerjee win – could get divided.
In West Bengal, the recent appointment of leaders with a hardline Hindutva image in key BJP positions is seen as an attempt by the party’s ideological mentor the RSS, at a polarization of votes. In Bengal, however state BJP leaders feel this will be irrelevant and has historically rejected communal politics.