West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh said on Wednesday that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in a hurry to conduct polls before the meeting as she wants to cling to the seat.
Mr Ghosh told reporters that when the parliamentary elections were underway in March-April this year, she had urged the Chief Election Commissioner to halt it midway through fears of spreading COVID-19 infection in the state.
“So why is the prime minister in such a rush to ask the office of the CEC to do the polls now? Why aren’t elections being held for the state’s 118 counties at the same time? People residing in areas under these municipalities face social problems because there are no councilors,” he said.
Ms Banerjee, who had contested Nandigram’s election results, had lost to BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari. She is required to win another seat via an opinion poll within six months of the results being announced.
Municipal polls are conducted by the state election commission.
“We have expressed our views on this to the chief election officer in Kolkata,” Ghosh said.
Speaking of the suicide attempt of five teachers on Tuesday, Mr Ghosh said: “There is complete anarchy in education in the state.
Five female contract teachers from primary schools allegedly used poison on Tuesday while demonstrating in front of Bikash Bhavan, the headquarters of the West Bengal Education Department, seeking immediate fulfillment of their work-related demands.
“It is unfortunate that those who educate children are forced to take such drastic steps. They feel bereft,” the BJP leader said.
Mr Ghosh said that people living in villages in the state do not get COVID vaccines and claimed that most of the vaccinations are concentrated in the city.
The BJP announced the launch of its program to distribute ration bags to the people with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dilip Ghosh printed on them.
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