Key BJP leader Mukul Roy today said the party would form a government in West Bengal in six months from now through “democratic means”.

“There is speculation we may go for imposition of President’s Rule to overthrow the government. This is out of the question. We abide by democratic principles. The Trinamul-government will collapse with a majority of its MLAs joining the BJP. At the moment 140 Trinamul MLAs are in touch with us,” he said.

Yesterday, Trinamul MLA Wilson Champramary, South Dinajpur zilla parishad president Lipika Roy and the other members switched to the BJP. Mr Champramary is the fifth Trinamul MLA to have joined the BJP “so far”. Mr Roy said yesterday’s exodus from the Trinamul was an “extension of the first of the seven phases which will continue till the Mamata Banerjee-government falls. “When the seven phases are complete, there will be no Trinamul government in the state,” he asserted.

Mr Roy alleged that the Mamata Banerjee-government was trying to turn Bengal into a police state. “The police have become triggerhappy. They are opening fire at the drop of a hat and killing BJP workers. For chanting Jai Shri Ram, BJP workers are being killed,” he alleged.

Buoyed by major gains in the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, the BJP leadership is aiming at more than two-third majority in the Assembly elections due in 2021. But, they are moving ahead with the calculation that they won’t have to wait for the elections. The BJP’s victory in 18 LS seats, according to state party leaders, means over 100 Assembly segments are now under its control. The party’s vote share zoomed to 40.25 per cent in the just concluded LS polls from 17 per cent in 2014.

Mr Roy claimed that people were fed up with the “misrule and corruption” of the Trinamul-government and the current exodus was a reflection of that anger.

BJP’s West Bengal observer and national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said the saffron party “has emerged as a strong player in Bengal politics and is the first preference for those wanting peace in Bengal.”