In one more jolt to the BJP, the occasion’s Alipurduar district president, Ganga Prasad Sharma, joined the TMC on Monday, as senior chief of the state’s ruling occasion Mukul Roy, who additionally switched sides two weeks in the past, claimed that this was the “beginning of the BJP’s end” within the state.
Seven different BJP leaders from the area, too, adopted in Mr Sharma’s footsteps and joined the Mamata Banerjee camp.
Mr Roy, addressing a press meet, stated the BJP’s rise within the state started with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when it managed to bag a number of seats in north Bengal, and its downfall, too, will begin from the area.
“This is just a glimpse of what lies ahead… The BJP’s fall in the state is imminent,” Mr Roy, who was the BJP’s nationwide vp till lately, underlined.
Asked what he might need to say about BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari’s insistence that he give up as an MLA, having gained the Krishnanagar Uttar meeting seat on a BJP camp ticket, Mr Roy stated, “He should first find out what his father (Sisir Adhikari) was up to.”
Mr Roy was referring to the TMC’s demand for disqualification of Kanthi MP Sisir Adhikari, who crossed over to the BJP, very like his son, forward of the polls.
Mr Sharma, on his half, alleged that the BJP has ignored the emotions of grassroots employees whereas selecting candidates for the meeting polls, “inducting people at its own will and flying them to Delhi”.
“We felt neglected but still gave our best to the organisation and ensured that five saffron camp candidates from Alipurduar district get to win the assembly elections. Now, however, I intend to work for people under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” he said.
Rejecting Suvendu Adhikari’s assertion that Mr Sharma modified sides as he was denied a saffron occasion ticket within the meeting polls, Mr Sharma stated, “Let me ask him why he chose to join the BJP ahead of the polls? Also, I wish to know why he was made the leader of opposition in the Assembly and not Manoj Tigga, who is a senior and loyal member of the camp.”
Coming down closely on native MP John Barla, who has lately sought a separate union territory comprising north Bengal districts, the BJP turncoat identified that the parliamentarian, as an alternative of doing one thing constructive for the area, is “fanning the flames of division”.
TMC deputy chief within the Upper House, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, who was additionally current on the press convention, stated the individuals of the state will distance themselves from the BJP even additional due its calls for of “separatism”.
Echoing him, schooling minister and senior TMC chief Bratya Basu famous that the BJP, on one hand, is observing “Poschimbongo divas” (West Bengal Day), and on the opposite, its MP is searching for a bifurcation of the state, with no regard for its integrity.
Talking about Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s go to to north Bengal, the TMC’s Rajya Sabha MP stated, “He is free to go anywhere he wishes to… but he should have taken the state government in confidence.”
Mr Dhankhar has launched into a week-long go to to north Bengal earlier within the day amid the controversy that has erupted within the area within the wake of Mr Barla’s demand.
Slamming state BJP president Dilip Ghosh over his declare that Bengal is changing into a “safe haven of terrorist outfits due to inaction of the state government”, the TMC MP stated, “There are central agencies to keep a check on terrorist activities. If we were to believe him, the obvious question would be what are these agencies doing.”
“Are the agencies only there to harass and arrest student activists and the ones who raise their voice against the policies of the BJP government?” the MP added.