NILAMBAZAR, Nov 15 � In view of the saffron surge across the country and the recent success of the BJP in the Assembly polls in two States, a large number of candidates are staking claim to the party ticket for the Karimganj municipal elections. The spokesman of Karimganj BJP, Sudip Chakrabarty said that till now, altogether 200 aspirants have expressed their desire to contest the ensuing polls on the party ticket.
The ticket aspirants are visiting the BJP office with their close aides and supporters. In view of the elections, many are busy applying for party memberships. People in large numbers are joining the BJP in the border town of Karimganj which has been a Congress bastion for years.
The BJP leaders have expressed happiness over the people�s growing interest in joining the party. �We are extremely happy with the people�s love for our party. It is very significant that members of other political parties are willing to join the BJP. It will certainly play a significant role in the ensuing municipal elections,� said BJP leader S Bhattacharjee. The BJP leader, at the same time, said that the Congress has failed to live up to the expectations of the people over the years. �People want a change. The law-and-order situation is deteriorating every day; the living conditions are deplorable and health and electricity are in a poor state,� he added. However, he admitted that the Modi wave is also playing a vital role. He said that the people understood that the BJP is going to run the country at least for the next ten years and the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bring about a sea change in every part of the country in terms of development, Bhattacharjee maintained.
Meanwhile, the BJP leaders said that in order to win the municipal polls, they will have to field fit candidates. The party leadership will review the applications and after consultation with the high command, the list of candidates will be finalised. In the last Assembly polls after the defeat of the BJP candidates in all four seats, the party had completely lost ground. But the situation is changing now. After the 2011 Assembly elections, the party workers were totally demoralised and many of them had stopped visiting the party office.
It may be mentioned here that 14 out of 27 wards are reserved for female candidates and four reserved for SC women.