Rahul Sinha was re-elected the president of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Sunday at the end of the two-month-long organisational elections of the party in the State.
During his next three-year tenure, he will lead the party to the upcoming rural polls as well as the Parliament elections scheduled for 2014.
Soon after being re-elected, Mr. Sinha said the party’s target was the upcoming Panchayat elections where it is prepared for a three-pronged fight against the Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Left parties.
Ruling out any possibility of an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in future, he said Trinamool Congress will “never cross the lakshman rekha of minority votes” and come along with the BJP.
“I want to assure the party workers that the BJP will contest the rural polls as well as the next Parliament elections on its own strength,” Mr. Sinha said.
Accusing the Trinamool Congress government of trying to divide the people of the State on communal lines, he said the government is inciting religious sentiments only to derive political mileage.
In the past, the BJP had criticised the State government’s decision to award honorarium to Imams as well as its proposal to provide reservations to Muslims in government jobs by including certain categories under the other backward classes.
“The Trinamool Congress is trying to extend the influence of its party across different sectors of public life. It has not even moved an inch from the policies of the previous Left front government,” Mr. Sinha said.
The people are only faced with one question: “what next” and the BJP can emerge as an alternative to Trinamool Congress, he said.
He announced that the party will organise a rally in the city on November 30 which will be addressed by the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj.