After Bihar polls debacle, BJP postpones West Bengal assembly election campaign

New Delhi: After the debacle in Bihar polls, the BJP has pushed back its campaign for next year’s assembly polls in West Bengal, says a report in Hindustan Times.

BJP President Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah has also skipped his proposed ‘Utthan Divas’ public meeting in Kolkata on November 30. Shah will now address public meetings in West Bengal late in December and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley will hold a series of rallies in West Bengal in January.

However, the BJP’s national leadership claimed the decision to postpone the events was made before the Bihar poll results. The BJP said leaders wanted bickering within the party after the electoral defeat to subside before the push for West Bengal begins, according to HT. The ploy is also a means to buy more time before the Bengal polls.

“The decision to postpone our national president’s public meeting at Maidan was taken on November 6. The state leadership attended the meeting in Delhi much before the Bihar poll results came in. We will not leave any stones unturned for West Bengal and there is no question of going slow,” a BJP leader said to HT.

The controversial Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the BJP’s observer for Bengal, will hold a rally in West Midnapore before Shah’s visit.

But BJP leaders from West Bengal will organise rallies across the state on November 30. In early December, the BJP will launch a ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ in the state to protest against the “’deteriorating’ law and order situation, ‘misrule’ and the Saradha scam. Leaders and workers will court arrest in different parts of Bengal.