Eastern Times, November 17, 2020, New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday, held its first meeting between state unit leaders and six central leaders including Sunil Deodhar, Amit Malviya and B L Santosh to draw up a strategy for the assembly polls coming up in 2021, with a target of 200-plus out of the total 294 seats in the state.
At the meeting with state leaders in Kolkata, the central team of leaders also decided that between November 18 and 20 each of the five zonal-in-charges will meet with district level leaders of their respective areas.
The five zones that BJP has divided West Bengal into are Kolkata, which will be under the charge of Dushyant Gautam, Howrah-Hoogly, east and west Midnapore disctricts will comprise another zone for which the central in charge will be Deodhar, Vinod Sonkar will be in charge of Bankura, Purulia Birbhum districts known as the Rarh region and Nadia, Murshidabad region will be under the charge of Vinod Tawde and Harish Dwivedi will look after north Bengal.
With internal feuds raging in the state party unit, essentially between the original BJP leaders like state party chief Dilip Ghosh and the new entrants from other parties including ruling Trinamool Congress like Mukul Roy, Saumitra Khan and others, the BJP central leadership has decided to keep the election management under its direct supervision. For the purpose, party chief J P Nadda has set up a 11-member core group to plan and oversee the election process, with feedback from local leaders.