The new chief of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dilip Ghosh, who was chosen on Saturday has said his primary goal is to 'rid the state of the bad governance that is driving it to ruins."
In an exclusive interview with IBTimes India over telephone, Ghosh who replaced Rahul Sinha as BJP chief in West Bengal, said he he would strive to unite the fragmented West Bengal BJP and lead the party to newer heights in the state. "We want to rid the state of the bad governance that is driving it to ruins," he said.
(Rahul Sinha has now been made one of the Central leaders of the saffron party who will oversee functioning of the state unit, with six months to go before the Assembly elections.)
Asked about the state BJP's demand for deployment of Central forces during next year's Assembly elections, Ghosh said the demand had been necessitated by the ruling Trinamool Congress' underhand tactics.
"The Election Commission has ordered the presence of Central forces in all booths for the Assembly elections because we demanded it following the rampant booth-capturing we witnessed in the previous elections," Ghosh told IBTimes India.
"In fact, we have also been assured that independent observers will be present at each polling booth. It will be a welcome departure from the Lok Sabha elections, when polling agents refused to take our calls," he said.
As for his aim, Ghosh said he would focus on first uniting the party and strengthening its infrastructure, hold and reach, so as to be able to give the beleaguered state a new government in the upcoming elections.
The saffron party's Central leadership has, to this effect, appointed four Central leaders, including former state unit chief Sinha, Ghosh told IBTimes India.
Some reports indicate that Sinha was a thorn in the flesh of many Bengal BJP leaders, who had been pleading with the party's Central leadership since the 2011 Assembly elections for his ouster.
Although the BJP has a good opportunity in front of it to occupy the vacuum left by a weakened Left Front in the former Communist bastion, the saffron party's own performance has been on the decline in the civic polls in the state since the Lok Sabha elections last year.
Whether the new leadership manages to turn that tide is a tale only time will tell.