The absence of three BJP stalwarts Mukul Roy, Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajeev Banerjee at a recent meeting of the party’s West Bengal unit after a fierce battle between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the recently held assembly elections has fueled rumors in state politics. air is given. .
This comes at a time when several turncoat politicians who switched from TMC to BJP ahead of the assembly elections have expressed regret over their decision to quit the Mamata Banerjee-led party.
The Bengal unit of the BJP on Tuesday held a high-level organizational meeting in which party leaders were required to be physically present.
Speaking on the absence of three BJP leaders in the meeting, West Bengal BJP Vice President, Joy Prakash Majumdar said: “BJP National Vice President Mukul Roy could not attend the meeting as his wife is unwell and is in hospital. On the day the meeting was scheduled, Bengal BJP chief spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya’s father died of Covid and hence could not attend the meeting. Rajiv Banerjee could not attend due to personal reasons.
Rajiv Banerjee had recently said that the people chose the government, apparently referring to the TMC that came to power in the state, and added that the threat of imposition of President’s rule to oppose the chief minister is under constant threat. They will not take it well.
Rajiv Banerjee had tweeted, “Enough is enough with the criticism. The people elected the government with a majority, if the threat of Article 365 is constantly hung against the Chief Minister, they will not take it well.
Commenting on Rahul Banerjee’s tweet, Mr Majumdar said that the BJP does not support the former minister’s statement.
Majumdar said, “This is completely his personal opinion and in no way does the BJP support his statement at the state and national level. Whatever stand Rajiv Banerjee has taken, it is completely his personal opinion. “
The West Bengal BJP vice-president said that the leaders who want to go back to Trinamool Congress are greedy for power.
“It is their primary right. Those who want to go to their old party can go back. They can decide whether they want to stay with this party and work for the people or go to that party Where they came from. They want to go back to Trinamool Congress because they are greedy for power.”
Before rising to prominence in the BJP, Mukul Roy was a founding member of the TMC, which he left in 2017. Rajiv Banerjee quit the TMC in January this year and contested the West Bengal Assembly elections on a BJP ticket.
Several leaders, including Suvendu Adhikari, who was once close to Mamata Banerjee, joined the BJP ahead of the assembly elections. The BJP lost the election, but emerged as the second largest party with 77 seats in the 294-member state assembly. Trinamool Congress registered a landslide victory in 213 seats.
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