National vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J P Nadda, promoted the West Bengal party president Dilip Ghosh to national vice-president of BJP, along with former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya.
Lok Sabha MP from Balurghat, Sukanta Majumdar was appointed as the new West Bengal BJP President on Monday. With the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, BJP has been changing its strategy with a strong Dalit face as Ms Maurya. The former governor of Uttarakhand resigned from her position only two weeks back and consequently got promoted to the Vice president of the party.
Meanwhile, Sukanta Majumdar’s first step as the new BJP chief in the state of West Bengal was to lock horns with the Mamta Banerjee government. He said that BJP will do its best at fighting the “Taliban” government in the state and will not let it become “Afghanistan”.
“TMC has become a family-owned property in the garb of a political party. Yet, the BJP is the party that gives important responsibilities to ordinary people. I thank people who are trying to save West Bengal from becoming Afghanistan,” he added.
Taking a dig at Babul Supriyo, who recently changed his camp and went to TMC after claiming he is leaving politics, Majumdar said that those who leave the party should understand that their leaving doesn’t end it.
“If some people think that by leaving BJP they will finish the party, it won’t happen. Our fight has to continue against the ‘Taliban’ in West Bengal. If TMC dares to let us vote using central forces in local body polls, we’ll show them what BJP can do… We’ll perform better in upcoming elections, including panchayat, municipalities and Lok Sabha,” he said.
“Bharatiya Janata Party doesn’t run on a single leadership, and it is the team that takes a decision, not an individual,” the newly elected party chief added.
The decision to change leadership at different levels are speculated to have been influenced by the recently exiting MLAs from BJP and joining TMC.However,Dilip Ghosh claimed that it was done as he is more experienced and hence made the national vice-president of the party.
“I have gained more experience, so the party has given me a bigger responsibility.I held a meeting with the party national president after the polls and told him about my duties.
My mission is now half complete. When we started 5 years ago, things in Bengal were different.No one uttered BJP’s name. Now, it has become the chief opposition party. Our power is equal to that of the TMC.I think the party has taken a far-sighted decision by giving such responsibility to Sukanta babu,” Ghosh said.