BJP’s unit in West Bengal with an eye on assembly polls has thoroughly revamped its party organization inducting new faces for the top posts to place itself as a credible opposition.
“We have revamped the organization with an eye on 2016 assembly polls. We have chalked out a plan to achieve our goal. The people are with us and it was proved in recent law violation programmes across the state,” who assumed the post last month”, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.”
RSS pracharak Ghosh, within weeks of taking over cracked the whip and removed several office bearers and district presidents.
The change appears to have infused a new lease of energy, hitting the streets with BJP cadres in various parts of the state as part of law-violation programme.
As per party insiders who spoke on condition of anonymity, Ghosh has full support of RSS behind him has thrown its full strength after placing its men in key positions.
Rupa Ganguly, Actress-turned-politician who reportedly shared a strained relationship with for former BJP state president Rahul Sinha, was made the chief of state BJP women’s wing.
Several top leaders of state BJP like general secretary Ashim Sarkar, media convenor Ritesh Tiwari have lost their berths with the new leadership cracking.
Before the 2014 general election party’s youth wing President Amitava Roy and several former bureaucrats who joined BJP did not find any berth in the state unit.
Although, Roy was made a new one, Tiwari retained his post seat as secretary.
In Bengal after 2014, the changes were made in the backdrop of growing dissent in the rank and file over outsiders, who had joined the party being given important positions at the expense of old-timers.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, after a good show when it garnered about 18 percent vote share. In Bengal, BJP appears to have lost its steam within a year due to lack of leadership, infighting and its alleged understanding with the ruling Trinamool Congress.
“Yes, it is true that the euphoria created after our performance in last Lok Sabha polls, has taken a beating in the last few months. It is due to several confusions and misconceptions spread by the opposition about our alleged change of stand on Saradha scam, bonhomie between the state and the Centre,”a senior BJP leader told PTI on the condition of anonymity said.
He also added that they are confident of fighting those vested propaganda and surge ahead.
In February 2015, BJP’s fortune started to slip with the party’s defeat in the by-poll to Bongaon Lok Sabha. Left Front managed to secure the second position and TMC retained the seat.
Central BJP leadership is going soft on Saradha scam as it has entered into a deal with TMC in lieu of its support in Rajya Sabha has further eroded the BJP’s credibility as per senior state BJP leader.
“The new president and his team have the full support of RSS, unlike Rahul Sinha. So we are hopeful of fighting these misconceptions and Dilip Ghosh also has a free hand to take several decisions,” a newly appointed office bearer said.
TMC and CPI (M) have mocked the changes in BJP and said it would not bear any results.
About the growth of BJP, lot of things has been said.
“But after one year you won’t find BJP in any of the elections. Because there has been a match fixing between TMC and BJP,” CPI (M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim said.
The change of leadership in BJP won’t bear any results as there is no place for a communal party in Bengal TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.