PM Modi with Home Minister Amit Shah  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Kolkata: From roadshows and rallies by Prime Minister, Union Ministers, and Chief Ministers to fielding Lok Sabha MPs in the Legislative Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to wrest power from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal.
But interestingly, the saffron party has gone all-in in the West Bengal Assembly elections without projecting a chief ministerial candidate and its leaders continue to exude confidence in every public address that the party will win more than 200 seats in the 294-seat Assembly.
The BJP, which won just three seats in the last Assembly elections, is so bent on stomping its authority in the eastern state that it has fielded four sitting members of parliament (MPs) from the party - Babul Supriyo, Locket Chatterjee, Nishith Pramanik and Swapan Dasgupta.
Not just that, the party's high command has also brought Mukul Roy, one of the national vice-presidents of the BJP who has always been known for his acumen as a backroom strategist and a master poll manager, back from the electoral wilderness and named him as one of the contesting candidates.
Some political pundits speculate Dilip Ghosh, BJP chief for West Bengal, is the most-likely CM candidate for the party and the speculation was further fuelled after Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked up Ghosh in a recent rally in Hooghly.
Meanwhile, the ruling TMC was quick to jump into the BJP's affairs and play down PM's praise for Ghosh arguing it was done to placate him after his name was not there among the candidates contesting the polls in the state.
Another section of political analysts suggests the name of Suvendu Adhikari, a former aide of Mamata Banerjee, that he may be made the Chief Minister if the BJP goes on to win the ongoing elections.