Encouraged by big win in Tripura local polls, BJP says the party will win in Bengal too

New Delhi: Encouraged by its ‘historic win’ in Tripura panchayat polls, the BJP on Friday maintained that two other Left stronghold states West Bengal and Tripura would also soon come into the saffron party kitty.
Union Law Minister and party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the big win in the Tripura polls and recalled that the northeastern state was ruled by the Left for over 25 years before the BJP came to power in 2018.
The BJP won 5,916 of the over 6000 ‘gram panchayat’ seats, 411 of 419 ‘Panchayat Samiti’ seats and won almost all – 114 of 116 – ‘zila parishad’ seats in the local polls in Tripura.
“The victory of BJP nominees in Tripura local body polls only show people’s endorsement of the Narendra Modi government and the organisational success of the party under the leadership of BJP chief Amit Shah,” Mr Prasad said.
West Bengal for long was a Left bastion for decades and now the BJP has emerged a major player in the state, he said.
In West Bengal during the recently held general elections, BJP surprised its foes and friends by picking up as many as 8 of the 42 parliamentary seats.
Both West Bengal and Kerala will have state assembly elections in 2021.