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Bengal BJP divided over CAA-NRC

Bengal BJP divided over CAA-NRC

Kolkata: Following BJP’s Delhi poll debacle, poll managers of party’s West Bengal unit are divided over CAA-NRC. They conflict on whether to push party’s aggressive strategy on the CAA-NRC or mellow it down and lace it with alternative policies of governance.

The BJP that recently suffered a defeat at the hands of the AAP, is in two minds about its strategy for 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal. In 2019 parliamentary polls, the BJP had won 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats In West Bengal.

A senior BJP leader is reported to have said “But within a few months, we see that the results are completely opposite in Lok Sabha polls and Assembly polls in Delhi. So we cannot take it for granted that just because we won 18 seats in Bengal, we will also win the Assembly polls.” It must be recalled that BJP had swept all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.

The BJP leader stressed to change the strategy for state elections. He is of the opinion that it is not necessary that what works for national elections will also work for state polls. He believes that the party’s campaign should not only highlight the implementation of CAA and the need for NRC,  it should also lay similar stress on alternative and better policies of governance.

However, another section of the state BJP, considered close to its president Dilip Ghosh, is of the opinion that there is no need for a change in the party’s strategy in West Bengal, as aggressive politics has yielded positive results for the party.

PTI quoted a BJP leader as saying, “If you want to counter a party like the TMC, you have to keep up the tempo and your aggressive strategy. It has helped us. Our campaign on the issues of the new Citizenship bill and the proposed NRC had yielded good results in Lok Sabha polls.”

He added: “If we change our strategy, it will be considered that we are retreating. This would send a wrong message to our party cadres. Obviously we will have an alternative set of governance policies but that doesn’t mean diluting our campaign over CAA-NRC.”

Since last year, NRC and the new citizenship law have emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with the TMC opposing them tooth and nail, and the BJP pressing for their implementation.

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