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Strike while iron is hot

Calcutta, May 22: The Bengal BJP is working on ways to expand the party’s organisational network and emerge as the main Opposition party.

The leadership has decided that at the BJP’s first post-Lok Sabha election state executive committee meeting, scheduled for June 7 and 8, the party will chalk out a time-bound programme aimed at intensifying its presence in each district besides discussing the results.

“We are closely looking at poll data and trying to identify the party’s strong areas right down to the booth level. This will help us assess our reach and plan accordingly,” a BJP source said.

The BJP has decided to put in place two party units in each district. One leader will be in charge of nurturing each unit and strengthening the organisation in consultation with the party’s district president, secretary and members of the mandal committee — the block-level cell.

“The state executive committee meeting will be followed by similar sessions in each district within the next three months. This will be a stock-taking exercise, with leaders assessing the progress,” said Biswapriya Roy Chowdhury, a BJP general secretary.

The state BJP has decided to intensify its attack on the Bengal government over the Saradha scam. During a pre-poll rally in Bengal, Narendra Modi had promised stern action against those involved in the scam if the BJP came to power at the Centre.

“Besides Saradha, the party will step up its protest against the TET controversy. We will also focus on how the government is trying to defer the civic polls, apprehending a good performance by the BJP,” Roy Chowdhury said.

Apart from winning two Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, the BJP has registered a sharp rise in its vote share.

At the executive committee meeting, which is likely to be attended by over 350 leaders and workers, ways to ensure regular visits by national leaders will also be discussed.

Newly elected MPs Babul Supriyo, S.S. Ahuluwalia and Siddharth Nath Singh are expected to be present at the meeting. Singh, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, is the BJP’s deputy observer for Bengal.