BJP to re­struc­ture Ben­gal unit after Gu­jarat polls

‘The party’s Cen­tral lead­er­ship is miffed with the state unit for fail­ing to mo­bilise mass sup­port on the ground’.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

With an eye on the up­com­ing Pan­chayat elec­tions and by­polls to some Par­lia­men­tary and Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly seats in West Ben­gal, the Bharatiya Janata Party lead­er­ship at the Cen­tre is likely to over­haul the en­tire state unit of the West Ben­gal BJP after the Gu­jarat As­sem­bly elec­tions this year, ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources within the party. On Satur­day, se­nior Tri­namool Congress (TMC) lead­ers from North 24 Par­ganas dis­trict, in­clud­ing Mad­husu­dan Mon­dal and Deb­das Mon­dal, along with 300 party work­ers who have a strong mass base in the re­gion, joined the BJP at the state party of­fice. The lead­ers were in­ducted into the BJP in the pres­ence of BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary and West Ben­gal in-charge Kailash Vi­jay­vargiya. The TMC lead­ers who joined on Satur­day were sup­port­ers of Mukul Roy, who has re­cently joined the BJP.

The party’s cen­tral lead­er­ship is keep­ing a close watch on pol­i­tics in Ben­gal. It is not sat­is­fied with the way the state unit of the party has not been able to do much on the ground in the last two years, ac­cord­ing to sources.

The state unit of the BJP would also be re-or­gan­ised, keep­ing in mind the gen­eral elec­tions of 2019, where the party is ex­pect­ing to bring about some ex­cep­tional re­sults from the state. The cen­tral BJP lead­er­ship and na­tional party pres­i­dent Amit Shah want the party to win the max­i­mum num­ber of seats from the state (at least 50%) in the 2019 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. The BJP cur­rently has only one seat from the state in the Lower House, while the to­tal num­ber of seats from the state is 42.

A se­nior BJP leader told The Sun­day Guardian: “The cen­tral lead­er­ship of the BJP is com­mit­ted to­wards Ben­gal and an over­haul of the en­tire state unit is likely to hap­pen any­time after the Gu­jarat elec­tions. The party is not sat­is­fied with the way the BJP has been per­form­ing in the state over the last two years and it is miffed with the state unit and its lead­er­ship for not be­ing able to mo­bilise mass sup­port on the ground.”

The party is also fo­cus­ing on in­creas­ing its pres­ence across all booths in the state, and it would achieve this through its new team that it is go­ing to build.

A party func­tionary said: “The party is look­ing for a strong face, with a huge mass ap­peal, who has the ca­pa­bil­ity to take on the Ma­mata Baner­jee gov­ern­ment strongly. The re­struc­tur­ing of the party will hap­pen not only at most of the dis­trict lev­els, but also at the top level in the state unit. The BJP is strongly con­vinced that the party can make strong in­roads into the state through a strong lead­er­ship at the state level.”

How­ever, with the in­duc­tion of Mukul Roy into the saf­fron party ear­lier this month, the party hopes to gain sup­port­ers in the state. Roy, ac­cord­ing to sources, has been given the charge to build po­lit­i­cal strate­gies for the BJP in the state to take on the Tri­namool Congress gov­ern­ment.

Cur­rently, the party is also wit­ness­ing se­vere fac­tion­al­ism within its cadre at the state level, and this has been brought to the notice of the Cen­tral lead­er­ship and even to the level of the na­tional party pres­i­dent Amit Shah.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the party is go­ing to take into cog­ni­sance sev­eral of th­ese issues when it de­lib­er­ates and forms the new re-struc­tured state unit of the party for West Ben­gal.


A taxi driver cov­ers his face as a mu­nic­i­pal worker fu­mi­gates a mar­ket to pre­vent the spread of dengue fever and other mosquito­borne dis­eases in Kolkata, on Mon­day.

Mukul Roy

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