The Telegraph
Sunday , June 8 , 2014
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BJP focus on booth force

Calcutta, June 7: The Bengal BJP is preparing a strategy to ensure at least two cadres at each booth in the 2016 Assembly elections.

The state unit has decided that the focus would be on preparing those cadres who have been associated with the BJP for a long time.

Many speakers at the BJP’s two-day state executive committee meeting said the party’s plan to emerge as a force to reckon with would not be possible without a well-oiled machinery that could take on the Trinamul Congress’s organisational might.

“In the Lok Sabha elections, we failed to field polling agents in around three-fourths of the booths. Unless we have a presence down to the booth level, we can never realise the true potential of the party in Bengal,” said Chandan Mitra, who unsuccessfully contested the Hooghly Lok Sabha seat.

Senior party leaders said the absence of BJP polling agents gave Trinamul “the chance to rig the polls”.

“Ideally, we should have seven to eight active party cadres for each booth (Bengal has around 77,000 booths). But to begin with, we should have at least two cadres per booth,” said Mitra, a BJP national executive committee member.

Hacked to death

A BJP supporter was hacked to death in Birbhum today. The BJP accused Trinamul of the attack. Trinamul has denied the charge.