Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy’s return to the Trinamool evoked mixed reactions in the BJP on Friday, with its state unit president Dilip Ghosh saying the move would have no impact on his organisation, and former MP Anupam Hazra claiming Said that “playing lobby politics is adversely affecting the party.”
BJP’s state unit vice-president Joyprakash Majumdar, on his part, wished Mr Roy and said that he should immediately give up all posts in the saffron party.
“Mukul Babu is a seasoned leader, he is a well-known face in Bengal politics. We wish him all the best in his new innings, but shouldn’t he immediately resign from primary membership and all other BJP posts? Should he Shouldn’t resign? As an MLA, he won a seat on the lotus (BJP) symbol,” Mr Majumdar said.
Mr Roy, who took over as the national vice president in the BJP, along with his son Shubhranshu Roy, was welcomed back to the Trinamool by party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
and other senior leaders. He had joined BJP in 2017.
Taking a jibe at Mr Roy’s claims that many leaders would not be able to stay in the BJP for long, Mr Majumdar said, “We wonder if he is referring to the TMC’s new politics of wiping out members of its main political rival. Were.
“At least 18,000 ‘karyakartas’ (workers) of BJP were forced to leave their homes due to TMC terror. Adivasi women have become homeless in Malda district. There are other examples of attacks on women, which have happened in India. It is unique. These incidents are not coming to the fore in West Bengal. Intellectuals probably have run out of money to buy candles for holding protest rallies,” Mr. Majumdar said.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Ghosh said he was not sure that Mr Roy’s decision would hurt the BJP at all, noting that he was “unsure whether we gained anything” from his admission three-and-a-half years ago.
“Right now, we are concerned about more serious issues as the cycle of violence is going on unabated in the state. We are concerned about the safety of our workers who are being targeted by TMC workers,” he said.
Mr Hazra had said earlier in the day that lobby politics within the saffron camp had created such a situation, hours before Mr Roy re-entered the Mamata Banerjee camp.
He said on Twitter that the time has come for the state unit of the BJP to end this practice and use the leaders according to their ability.
The former MP, who had switched over to the BJP from the TMC in 2018, said he would continue to be a part of the saffron camp under all circumstances.
“Too much importance has been given to one or two politicians while ignoring and humiliating the rest. This has led to the present sad situation. There is also no trace of the royal passengers who took the chartered flight,” said the academic. The politician, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, said.
Mr Hazra was probably referring to Trinamool exchanges Baishali Dalmiya, Rajeev Banerjee and Prabir Ghoshal, who earlier this year took a chartered flight to the Delhi residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
He further added, “Please don’t give me the tag of disgruntled leader for this post. I am with BJP and will be in BJP. But dirty lobby politics should end. That’s all I want.”
A section of state BJP leaders is of the view that Mr Roy and other senior leaders, including Sabyasachi Dutta, were not given due importance by top BJP leaders during the assembly elections, and only a handful of leaders, such as Suvendu Adhikari and actor Mithun Chakraborty, who became a politician, was given all the responsibility.
Indicating that he was not made a part of important discussions in the party, Hazra said, “As per protocol, BJP’s state unit meetings are expected to be invited.”
Meanwhile, BJP state general secretary Sayantan Bose said a disciplinary action committee has been constituted on June 8, which will look into “anti-party” comments made by some leaders on social media.
BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya also said that action can be initiated against those members who have expressed their views without discussion within the party.
Bhattacharya said, “We do not accept these comments as those who posted these have not discussed matters within the party. The top leadership is looking into such posts and will initiate necessary action.”