Senior BJP chief Mukul Roy’s return to the Trinamool evoked combined reactions within the BJP on Friday, with its state unit president Dilip Ghosh asserting that the transfer can have no affect on his organisation, and former MP Anupam Hazra claiming that “lobby politics at play is adversely affecting the party”.
BJP state unit vice chairman Joyprakash Majumder, on his half, prolonged his greatest needs to Mr Roy, and stated that he ought to instantly stop all saffron celebration posts.
“Mukul babu is a veteran leader, he is a known face in Bengal politics. We wish him the best in his new innings but shouldn’t he forthwith quit from the primary membership and all other posts of the BJP? Should he not resign as the MLA as he had won a seat on the Lotus (BJP) symbol,” Mr Majumder stated.
Mr Roy, who held the publish of nationwide vice chairman within the BJP, alongside along with his son Shubranshu Roy, was welcomed again to the Trinamool by celebration supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
and different senior leaders. He had joined the BJP again in 2017.
Taking a dig at Mr Roy’s claims that not many leaders would have the ability to keep put for lengthy within the BJP, Mr Majumdar stated, “We wonder if he was referring to TMC’s new politics of wiping out members of its main political rival.
“At least 18,000 ”karya kartas” (employees) of the BJP have been compelled to go away houses on account of TMC terror. Tribal ladies in Malda district have change into homeless. There have been different cases of assaults on ladies, which is unparalleled in India. These incidents in West Bengal aren’t coming to gentle. The intellectuals, maybe, have run out of cash to purchase candles to take out protest rallies,” Mr Majumdar added.
Mr Ghosh, while talking to reporters, said he was not sure if the BJP would lose anything from Mr Roy’s decision, given that he was “uncertain whether or not we gained something” from his entry three-and-half years back.
“Right now, we’re bothered about extra severe points because the cycle of violence goes on unabated within the state. We are bothered concerning the security of our employees, who’re being focused by TMC activists,” he pointed out.
Mr Hazra, earlier in the day, said lobby politics within the saffron camp has led to such a situation, hours before Mr Roy made his re-entry in the Mamata Banerjee camp.
Taking to Twitter, he said that it was high time that the state unit of the BJP put an end to the practice and utilise leaders according to their merit.
The former MP, who had switched over from the TMC to the BJP in 2018, however, asserted that he will continue to be a part of the saffron camp under all circumstances.
“Too a lot significance has been accorded to 1 or two leaders whereas ignoring and humiliating the remaining. That has led to the current unhappy state of affairs. There can also be no hint of the royal passengers who had taken a chartered flight,” the academic-turned-politician, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, said.
Mr Hazra was possibly referring to Trinamool turncoats Baishali Dalmiya, Rajib Banerjee and Prabir Ghosal, who had taken a chartered flight to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence in Delhi earlier this year.
He further said, “Please don”t give me the tag of a disgruntled chief for this publish. I’m with the BJP and can stay within the BJP. But the soiled foyer politics ought to come to an finish. This is all I need.”
A section of state BJP leaders are of the view that Mr Roy and other senior leaders, including Sabyasachi Dutta, were not accorded due importance by the BJP’s top brass during the assembly elections, and only a handful of leaders, such as Suvendu Adhikari and actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty were given all responsibilities.
Hinting he was not made a part of important discussions in the party, Hazra said, “Hoping to get an invitation to state unit conferences of the BJP as per protocol.”
Meanwhile, Sayantan Bose, the state general secretary of the BJP, said that a disciplinary action committee has been formed on June 8, which would take note of the “anti-party” remarks made by some leaders on social media.
BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya also said that action might be initiated against those members who have aired their views without holding a discussion within the party.
“We do not approve of those feedback as those posting them have not mentioned the issues inside the celebration. The high management is being attentive to such posts and can provoke mandatory motion,” Mr Bhattacharya added.