By Amar Kumar Mitra Kolkata, May 10 UNI | 3 months ago

For Rahul Sinha, the President of West Bengal unit of BJP, on election has ever been more crucial than the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

It is not only because he fights a tough battle from the prestigious Kolkata North constituency, but also because of the fact that for the first time, BJP has a high expectation about its poll prospects in West Bengal, where the party all along remained an insignificant force.

Mr Sinha, who is not known to be a high-flying politician, but a grassroot organiser, will therefore, pass through an acid test that will declare him either as an achiever or a failed person.

Taking advantage of the slide of Left in West Bengal after the Trinamool came to power, BJP central leadership has been systematically trying to occupy the vacuum space and emerge as a credible political force in the state.

After playing the role of a vociferous opposition for the past three years and consolidating it as organisation, the party hopes to pull off a big surprise in this election by claiming several seats and increasing its share of votes.

"We shall definitely produce a result that will surprise many people. BJP sees its future in West Bengal, where the party has started gaining ground very fast," Mr Sinha said.

The BJP state President, who himself is a candidate, is also confident about his victory defeating the sitting AITC in Kolkata North constituency.

As BJP gets a favourable wind in Bengal, Kolkata North has become one of its target constituencies, where Mr Sinha is trying to get bulk votes of the Marwari, Bihari, Jaiswal and Kalwar communities in his favour.

"The Hindi-speaking communities, many of whom voted for Sudip Bandopadhyay last time, have organised meetings for us. Among them are a huge number of Ram Dev followers," Mr Sinha says.

He hopes that BJP will get not only the votes of 58 per cent Hindi-speaking voters of the constituency, but also of most of the Bengalis.

"There is a wind of change blowing across the country, and Bengal is no exception," he said.

(Posted on 11-05-2014)