Bolpur, April 25: The Trinamul Congress in Birbhum has decided on an "eight-point" strategy to stop the BJP from making inroads into the district, beginning with a yajna in a temple on April 29.
The ruling party today held a meeting in Bolpur chaired by district president Anubrata Mondal, who laid down the strategies to counter the BJP, sources said.
The yajna will be performed at a Kali temple in Bolpur using 51kg of firewood and involving 11 priests from the Kamakhya temple in Assam.
As part of the "eight-point" strategy, local Trinamul leaders have been given CDs of the development projects undertaken by the government and instructed to highlight them every time they spoke at a public meeting.
The Trinamul leaders have also been told to counter every BJP rally with their own a day later and work towards engineering as many defections as possible from the BJP fold, the sources said. The leaders have also been asked to go door-to-door and reach out to the people.
The plans to arrest the BJP's rise came a day after the party was involved in a show of strength in the district, mobilising 15,000-odd people for a rally, clashing with Trinamul supporters and allegedly vandalising an office of the ruling party.
Trinamul, too, held a rally today in Ahmedpur, where one of its party offices was ransacked by suspected BJP activists yesterday. Police had arrested 17 BJP supporters in connection with the vandalism, but they were granted bail.
"As far as the yajna is concerned, it would be our answer to the Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti rallies organised by BJP-backed outfits. There will be similar programmes in the future too," a Trinamul leader said.
Asked about the ritual, Mondal said: "We need not learn Hinduism from the BJP in Birbhum. We have decided to invite all the people in the district to the yajna at the Kankalitala Kali temple on April 29. We will bring 11 priests from the Kamakhya temple in Assam and 51kg of wood would be burnt at the yajna."