At a time when the BJP is facing embarrassment due to the exodus of party leaders to ruling TMC in Bengal, the saffron party leadership has replaced the Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh with a first-time MP Sukanta Majumdar. Dilip Ghosh, who is known for his controversial statements, has been given a role in Delhi.
According to BJP leaders, Sukanta Majumdar has been made the party’s state chief because of the party’s good performance in north Bengal. With Leader of the Opposition in Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, hailing from south Bengal, and Majumdar from north, the BJP seems to be making efforts to reinvigorate the organisation in the state after the Assembly poll debacle.
BJP’s rise in Bengal
The BJP, under Dilip Ghosh, who once publicly declared that there are “traces of gold” in cow milk, found its breakthrough moment in 2019 when it bagged 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. However, in the state polls in 2021, the BJP failed to achieve its much-publicised target of 200 seats, but managed to increase its tally from three to 77.
What Sukanta Majumdar said
The 41-year-old Balurghat MP, a professor of Botany, said, “The party has given such a big responsibility to an ordinary worker like me. This can only be possible in BJP. No other political party can take such a step. I will try to live up to the expectations of the high command and to the trust they have shown in me.”
A political party is like a water body. There is an inflow and outflow of the workers. People joined us with a motive and left us as their motive was not fulfilled. The people who have faith in the ideology of the BJP will never leave the party,” the parliamentarian said.
“BJP is a big party and there can be differences in opinions. There are no differences in ideology. The differences in opinions can be resolved,” he added.
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