Mumbai: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari said his party lost in West Bengal Assembly polls because of several “smug and overconfident” leaders.
At a party meeting in the Chandipur area of Purba Medinipur district, the official said this fraud and overconfidence led to a lack of understanding of the emerging ground situation.
“As we had done well in these parts of the assembly constituencies in the first two phases, many of our people were complacent and overconfident. He was beginning to believe that the BJP would get 170-180 seats in the election, but he did not lay the foundation for it. It cost us dearly,” said the TMC turncoat.
He said that it is as important to continue working at the grassroots level as it is to set goals, which were realistic but required hard work.
Responding to the officer’s claims, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “Suvendu has conveniently forgotten the mandate by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to wave social welfare projects and development and the BJP stalwarts against the CM and the TMC campaign.”
“The BJP was living in a fool’s paradise as many of their leaders predicted that the saffron camp will cross 200 seats. Why he is finding fault with others? Didn’t Suvendu also boast repeatedly that his party will get 180 seats at least? Actually, they don’t know the pulse of Bengal, Trinamool does,” Ghosh, the state general secretary of the TMC, said.