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Grab It By The Grassroots

Now No. 2 in Bengal, the BJP’s plan to reach the top hinges on its ground workers and the Muslim vote

Grab It By The Grassroots
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BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose at an election rally
Grab It By The Grassroots
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2017-09-02T10:39:03+05:30

“Secretly, we are preparing to snatch the very ground from under the last strand of the grassroots in West ­Bengal,” says a BJP worker in the state’s South 24 Paraganas district. The “grassroots”, of course, is a reference to Bengal’s ruling ­party, the Trinamool. The “secret” strat­egy is part of a masterplan devised by BJP chief Amit Shah in May aimed at dominating Bengal and to be imp­lemented over the next three years. Acc­ording to the BJP worker, the plan envisages sending party workers to “each and every corner, not missing even a nook and cranny”, with “area-specific” strategies based on identifying the demands and needs of the constituents and then ensuring these are addressed.

“Making a dent in the Muslim vote has been difficult so far and we have been instructed to instill trust in the community,” says the worker. Shah’s strategy may be working—in elections to seven civic bodies in August, the BJP left the Congress and the Left Front behind to become the number two party after the Trinamool, which won 140 of the total 148 wards. It won six wards that used to be Left or Congress strongholds, while the CPI(M) and the Congress drew a blank.

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