BJP’s Bengal unit convened on Tuesday for a high-powered organizational meet where party leaders were required to be physically present. However, the absence of heavyweights like Mukul Roy, Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajib Banerjee is being remarked upon.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was quick to assert that the senior leaders’ absence at the crucial meeting was not a matter of concern. He clarified that BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy could not make it as his wife is unwell, while spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya’s father has passed away. TMC minister-turned-BJP leader Rajib Banerjee could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons.
At a time when several turncoat politicians are expressing regret at quitting Trinamool Congress and joining the BJP, the fact that these influential party leaders did not attend the meet has sparked intense speculation. Last weekend, Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy had taken to Facebook to thank chief minister Mamata Banerjee for reaching out to his family in their “hour of need”. Roy himself was a founder-member of the TMC before quitting the fold in 2017 and rising to prominence in the saffron party. On the other hand, Rajib Banerjee jumped ship from the TMC in January this year and contested the Bengal assembly polls on a BJP ticket.
In fact, TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee recently hinted that some BJP leaders had been in touch to explore the possibility of joining his party
BJP MP Arjun Singh, however, dismissed Banerjee’s remarks as “childish statements”.
Singh added that the day-long meeting of the Bengal unit was to set the party agenda for the coming months. The matter of “state sponsored” post-poll violence was discussed at length; the challenges of returning party workers to their homes and approaching courts for compensation were also deliberated.
“People are grappling with post-poll violence and false cases. The police is slapping false charges against them. CPI(M) voted for TMC to keep the BJP out of power and now their houses are also being ransacked,” the BJP leader alleged.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Rajib Banerjee took to Twitter to say that imposing president’s rule in West Bengal, amplified in response to incidents of post-poll violence, would be going against the people’s mandate.
“Enough with the criticism. The people elected the government with a majority, they will not take it well if the threat of Section 365 is constantly dangled to oppose the chief minister,” the BJP leader tweeted.
— Rajib Banerjee (@RajibBanerjeeWB) June 8, 2021
While the Bengal BJP is busy with its organizational meet, West Bengal assembly Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, is in Delhi meeting with the top brass like home minister Amit Shah and national president JP Nadda to discuss various issues concerning the state. Adhikari is all set to meet PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday.