New Delhi/Kolkata: After facing defeat in Delhi assembly elections, poll managers of BJP’s West Bengal unit are divided whether to push its aggressive strategy on The CAA-NRC or mellow it down and lace it with alternate policies of governance.
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The BJP that recently suffered a defeat at the hands of the AAP, which won the polls for the third consecutive time on the plank of good governance, is in two minds about its strategy for 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal.
According to state BJP sources, just like West Bengal where the party won 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019 parliamentary polls, it had won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.
“But within a few months, we saw that the results are completely opposite in Lok Sabha polls and Assembly polls in Delhi. So we cannot take it granted that just because we won 18 seats in Bengal, we will also win the assembly polls.”
“So we need to change our strategy for state elections. It is not necessary that what works for national elections will also work for state polls. Our campaign should not only highlight implementation of CAA and need for NRC. It should also lay similar stress on alternate and better policies of governance,” a senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.