We Stamped Our Presence In West Bengal: Jaitley


Kolkata: Addressing the media after attending Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony at Kolkata’s Red Road, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has made its presence felt across the state this Assembly poll.

‘We have won only in 3 seats in West Bengal  but our foot prints have been registered all over the state. The space for Left Front in West Bengal is shrinking.” said Mr jaitley.

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Speaking on the post result violence in the state Mr Jaitley said that he had talked with the administration and asked them to take every necessary steps. He said that BJP’s primary objective was that “the party wanted to ensure their presence in the state. We got 10.28% votes, but the most important is, in 101 seats we got more than 20,000 votes; in 109 seats we got more than 10,000 votes. Therefore, in over 200 seats, for the first time we have registered a significant presence.” He added that this was a part of their political strategy.

Jaitley pointed out that there is one more change in Bengal and that is the presence of strong anti-left feeling for what the left front government had done in 34 years.. He said that without any doubts, their primary objective in the long run is “to occupy space in West Bengal which the Left is evacuating, hence to become the principal opposition of the state.”

Arun Jaitley said that their principal motto is to establish political base, to make organisational networks and hence to become one of the principal voices of opinion in Shyamaprasad Mukherjee’s own soil . He added, “Politics never accepts vaccum, space opened by the Left, created various opportunities for us to occupy.”