Another setback for BJP in West Bengal. Alipurduar’s party district president Ganga Prasad Sharma has joined the Trinamool Congress. He joined the party on Monday afternoon in the presence of several senior TMC leaders including Mukul Roy. Along with him, many other leaders of the district have joined the TMC. Ganga Prasad Sharma was working as the president of BJP in the district since 2015. Seven other BJP leaders from the region, too, followed in Sharma’s footsteps and joined the Mamata Banerjee camp.
In the recent assembly elections, BJP had performed brilliantly in this district and won all the 5 seats. But now Sharma leaving BJP is a big setback. Mukul Roy’s presence during Sharma’s joining TMC suggests that he may also play an important role in this. When Mukul Roy joined BJP in 2017, a large number of TMC leaders had joined the saffron party. In such a situation, there is now speculation that a large number of leaders will leave BJP due to his joining TMC once again.
On the occasion of Sharma joining TMC, Mukul Roy claimed that this was the “beginning of the saffron party’s end” in the state. 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.
Leaving BJP, Ganga Prasad Sharma said that the leadership of the party did not listen before any decision made in the district. Unilateral decisions were taken. Sharma said that I had taken the decision to leave BJP many months back, but did not do so due to the elections. Sharma said that the people of North Bengal have reposed faith in the BJP, but it has not been able to fulfill their expectations. Alipurduar district president is believed to be part of Mukul Roy’s strategy to quit BJP. Earlier this month, Mukul Roy had joined TMC. CM Mamata Banerjee herself and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee were present on the occasion.
Joining TMC, Ganga Prasad Sharma also attacked the BJP leadership. Sharma said, “Old party workers were not getting respect in BJP. There were differences of opinion in the decision-making process. Only 2 to 3 people were distributing all the tickets there. Kailash Vijayvargiya has been one of them. He should answer for the party’s current situation and defeat. He should resign from the post of general secretary of the party. Let us tell you that in Bengal, there has been a stir within the BJP about getting less seats than expected. Many leaders, including senior leader Tathagata Roy, are targeting some senior leaders of the party for this.