Kolkata: West Bengal Congress President Adhir Chowdhury today admitted that it would be an uphill task for the party to make any great impact in the upcoming Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections and that BJP had become a force to be reckoned with.
“So far as Kolkata is concerned we are in a cleft wicket here. I think it will be an uphill task for Congress to make any great score,” Chowdhury told PTI here.
He claimed that a large section of people of the metropolis was slowly ‘veering' towards the party but it would not have any impact on the results of Kolkata civic polls.
“I feel that gradually a great segment of the population of Kolkata is veering towards Congress. We will be able to give you a clear picture about the ground situation in few months time ... I must admit that we are in a cleft stick in Kolkata,” he said.
He admitted that BJP has gained ground in West Bengal but said it lacked ‘political infrastructure' required for any long term political existence in any state.
“But I am in no mood to belittle the emergence of BJP party. I think BJP is a force to be reckoned with,” he added.
Congress would, however, work hard to restore its lost ground in the city and other municipal areas for the forthcoming elections, he said. “Rest assured that the party will not leave any stone unturned to restore its lost ground in Kolkata and other municipal areas.”
The party would hold a meeting at the Shahid Minar ground in the heart of the city on January 20 to protest against the alleged communal attitude of the Centre and the ‘illegal' chit funds operating in the state.