Howrah: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley
on Friday expressed confidence that the party would be able to
send a sizable number of MLAs to the West Bengal Assembly.
"The BJP has fielded candidates in all 294 seats in the
state. The party will produce an impressive result this time.
A sizeable number of our candidates will win," Jaitley said at
an election rally at Mandirtala in Howrah district.
Till now, BJP had only one MLA in West Bengal Assembly
Badal Bhattacharya who had won in the 2001 election.
He said BJP ruled states like Bihar and Gujarat were well
governed and claimed that Gujarat could be compared to China
and Europe so far as development was concerned.
It was clear that the Left Front was going to be ousted,
he said and dismissed charges of the Trinamool that BJP had a
tacit understanding with the CPI(M).
Training his gun on Trinamool, BJP`s former ally in the
NDA, Jaitley expressed surprise at how party chief and Railway
Minister Mamata Banerjee was still with the UPA which was
embroiled in a number of scams.
He was referring to the resignation of Banerjee from the
Atal Bihari Vajpayee government because of the then Defence
Minister George Fernandes` alleged involvement in the coffin
Leaders of the DMK and the BSP were facing corruption
charges and the Congress-led UPA government had good rapport
with such parties, he said.
"I wonder how Trinamool Congress maintains its tie-up
with Congress," the BJP leader said in the meeting and sought
support of his party nominees.
Howrah will go polls in the fourth phase of the election
on May 3.