BJP continues to depend on the central leadership – Dr. Sandeep Shastri on West Bengal Elections

The challenge for the BJP is that it does not have a local face. If you were to ask me about Suvendu Adhikari, I would say that he is a local face who has come from the TMC. The BJP would need a face who has been there in the party for sometime. The BJP continues to depend on the central leadership, but the question is how much of it can it really push to destabilise the TMC. There is no doubt that the Prime Minister has been able to move the audience. But in the case of Mamata, she is among the audience. The central leadership in an election is important, but to sway the voter you need a credible local face. This becomes even more important when your rival has a strong local face.