West Bengal: BJP launches survey to assess ‘winnability’ of candidates ahead of Lok Sabha elections


Kolkata: Amid factionalism and hurdles in its mass outreach programme, the West Bengal unit of the BJP, which has set a goal of profitable over 23 of 42 Lok Sabha seats within the state, is finishing up a survey to evaluate the winnability of its candidates.

With greater than 60-70 aspirants throwing their hats into the ring for one seat, particularly within the northern and southern a part of the state, the occasion is grappling with inside dissent over ticket distribution.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational picture. Reuters

A number of factions, together with those led by leaders who switched to the BJP from the TMC, are staking claims to the identical seat, forcing the state unit to hunt an evaluation of its candidates to fulfill its 23-seat goal, set by the saffron occasion’s nationwide president Amit Shah. “It is unprecedented that we have been receiving such a huge number of applications for some seats. Ten years back, we used to have a tough time convincing people to contest on our ticket,” a BJP state unit chief mentioned, including {that a} part of leaders has appealed to the central management to make sure that outdated timers do not feel sidelined.

The state unit, in session with the central leaders, has roped in an exterior company to evaluate its prospects within the Lok Sabha constituencies, he mentioned.

BJP nationwide normal secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya instructed PTI {that a} candidate listing shall be ready primarily based on inputs by the exterior company and the occasion’s senior leaders. “We have launched both external and internal surveys to assess the winnability of seats and candidates. The survey will cover aspects such as a candidate’s potential in winning a seat and his popularity. Based on inputs from the internal survey and the external agency, we will prepare our list,” he mentioned.

Requested about inside dissent, Vijayvargiya mentioned the BJP is a disciplined occasion and as soon as the names of candidates are introduced, each member will work to make sure their victory within the elections.

Based on sources throughout the occasion, the state unit will ship names of at the very least three candidates for each Lok Sabha seat to the central unit, which might then take a last name on the matter.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh claimed that the occasion is placing in equal efforts in all constituencies, however its goal of profitable at the very least 23 seats. “Our party president had given us a target of 23 seats, but if the elections are held in a fair manner, we are in a position to win at least 26 seats,” Ghosh instructed PTI. The state unit has already categorized the seats as ‘A plus’, ‘A’, ‘B’and ‘C’ as per their prospects, in accordance with one other senior chief of the occasion.

“The classification of the constituencies into four categories was done on the basis of five criteria – BJP’s organisational strength, the demographic situation (number of Muslims, Hindu and Hindu refugee population), its organisational weakness, the geographical location and the potential of the candidate,” he mentioned.

The occasion has saved Darjeeling and Asansol seats out of the survey’s purview as it’s assured of retaining them. Of the 42 Lok Sabha seats within the state, the Trinamool Congress bagged 34 seats in 2014, the Congress secured 4 seats, whereas CPM and the BJP gained two seats every.

“We have identified 18-20 seats in north and south Bengal, where our chances of winning are as high as 70-80 percent. This study was done keeping in mind our performance in those seats in the last few elections,” the BJP chief added. Nevertheless, regardless of all its efforts, the BJP remains to be scouting for solutions over its “inability” to represent sales space committees in any respect polling stations within the state.

Shah, throughout its go to to Bengal in September 2017, had sought sales space committee formation at 77,000 polling stations within the state, however the occasion has been capable of obtain solely 75 p.c of the goal to date.

“We have not been able to reach out to all the booths, especially the ones in minority-dominated areas. We have a support base, but no one is ready to man the booth committees fearing backlash by the Trinamool Congress. We hope things will change in the days to come,” Ghosh mentioned.

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