In a new twist to the ongoing politics prior to the civic polls, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday asked BJP supporters to vote for the Marxists. Bhattacharjee made this appeal while addressing a public meeting in Bansdroni.
“I appeal to those who support the BJP and vote for that party, do not spoil your vote. Vote for us, I assure you that we will work for the city,” said Bhattacharjee.
The BJP has fielded 92 candidates in the Kolkata municipal election and in the last parliamentary elections its vote share was 6.36 per cent. The party can play a vital role in the victory of any candidate in Kolkata and other civic bodies.
An angry BJP retaliated: “They have come to our doors with a begging bowl. It shows we are important to both the CPM and the Trinamool. Following the split between the Congress and the Trinamool over seat sharing, the TMC had also asked for our votes. They are mistaken because a BJP voter will never vote for any other party,” said Rahul Sinha, party’s state unit president.
“If a section of BJP voters cast their vote for the Left candidates, it will be easier for us to contest TMC candidates,” said a CPI(M) leader.