Kolkata: West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee feels if BJP gets a share of opposition votes in the coming polls in the state, it will only benefit his Trinamool Congress.
“If BJP gets a little share of the opposition votes, it will mean further split in opposition vote share. Therefore, Trinamool Congress will be the biggest beneficiary if you ask me,” Mukherjee told reporters here on the sidelines of an event.
He added that while the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M were the main rivals earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party’s share in the opposition votes will further blunt their collective case.
“Earlier the Congress and CPI-M were known to be opposition. If BJP takes a slice of that vote, that will benefit us,” the senior Trinamoll leader in response to a question about the party making inroads in Bengal.
“BJP is our Goddess Lakshmi if we take that factor into consideration,” he quipped.
While the by-election to Uluberia Lok Sabha and Noapara assembly seats will be held on January 29, the panchayat polls in the state are also slated to take place this year.