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BJP''s north Bengal leader, seven others join TMC

BJP''s north Bengal leader, seven others join TMC
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Kolkata, Jun 21 (PTI) In yet another jolt to the BJP,

the party''s Alipurduar district president, Ganga Prasad

Sharma, joined the TMC on Monday, as senior leader of the

state''s ruling party Mukul Roy, who also switched sides two

weeks ago, claimed that this was the "beginning of the saffron

party''s end" in the state.

Seven other BJP leaders from the region, too, followed

in Sharma''s footsteps and joined the Mamata Banerjee camp.

Roy, addressing a press meet here, said the BJP''s rise

in the state began with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when it

managed to bag several seats in north Bengal, and its

downfall, too, will start from the region.

"This is just a glimpse of what lies ahead... The

BJP''s fall in the state is imminent," Roy, who was the saffron

partys national vice president until recently, underlined.

Asked what he might have to say about BJP MLA Suvendu

Adhikari''s insistence that he quit as an MLA, having won the

Krishnanagar Uttar assembly seat on a saffron camp ticket, Roy

said, "He should first find out what his father (Sisir

Adhikari) was up to."

Roy was referring to the TMC''s demand for

disqualification of Kanthi MP Sisir Adhikari, who crossed over

to the BJP, much like his son, ahead of the polls.

Sharma, on his part, alleged that the BJP has ignored

the sentiments of grassroots workers while choosing candidates

for the assembly polls, "inducting people at its own will and

flying them to Delhi".

"We felt neglected but still gave our best to the

organisation and ensured that five saffron camp candidates

from Alipurduar district get to win the assembly elections.

Now, however, I intend to work for people under the leadership

of Mamata Banerjee," he stated.

Rejecting Suvendu Adhikari''s assertion that Sharma

changed sides as he was denied a saffron party ticket in the

assembly polls, Sharma said, "Let me ask him why he chose to

join the BJP ahead of the polls? Also, I wish to know why he

was made the leader of opposition in the Assembly and not

Manoj Tigga, who is a senior and loyal member of the camp."

Coming down heavily on local MP John Barla, who has

recently sought a separate union territory comprising north

Bengal districts, the BJP turncoat pointed out that the

parliamentarian, instead of doing something constructive for

the region, is "fanning the flames of division".

TMC chief whip in the Upper House, Sukhendu Sekhar

Roy, who was also present at the press conference, said the

people of the state will distance themselves from the BJP even

further due its demands of "separatism".

Echoing him, education minister and senior TMC leader

Bratya Basu noted that the saffron camp, on one hand, is

observing ''Poschimbongo divas'' (West Bengal Day), and on the

other, its MP is seeking a bifurcation of the state, with no

regard for its integrity.

Talking about Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar''s visit to

north Bengal, the TMC''s Rajya Sabha MP said, "He is free to go

anywhere he wishes to... but he should have taken the state

government in confidence."

Dhankhar has embarked on a week-long visit to north

Bengal earlier in the day amid the controversy that has

erupted in the region in the wake of Barla''s demand.

Slamming state BJP president Dilip Ghosh over his

claim that Bengal is becoming a "safe haven of terrorist

outfits due to inaction of the state government", the TMC MP

said, "There are central agencies to keep a check on terrorist

activities. If we were to believe him, the obvious question

would be what are these agencies doing."

"Are the agencies only there to harass and arrest

student activists and the ones who raise their voice against

the policies of the BJP government?" the MP added. PTI SUS

RMS RMS


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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