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BJP leader in North Bengal, seven more join TMC

Calcutta, June 21 (PTI) In a further shock for the BJP, the party’s Alipurduar district chairman, Ganga Prasad Sharma, joined the TMC on Monday as the top leader of the state’s ruling party, Mukul Roy, who also switched sides two weeks ago, claimed it was the “start of the end of the saffron festival” in the state.

Seven other BJP leaders from the region also followed in Sharma’s footsteps and joined the Mamata Banerjee camp.

Roy, speaking at a press conference here, said the rise of BJP in the state began with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when he managed to win multiple seats in North Bengal, and his fall will also begin in the area.

“This is just a glimpse of what lies ahead… The fall of the BJP in the state is imminent,” said Roy, who until recently was national vice president of the saffron parties.

When asked what he might have to say about BJP MP Suvendu Adhikari’s insistence on resigning as MP, after winning the Krishnanagar Uttar assembly seat on a ticket from Saffron camp, Roy said, “He should first find out what his father (Sisir Adhikari) was up to.”

Roy was referring to the TMC’s request to disqualify Kanthi MP Sisir Adhikari, who joined the BJP, just like his son, ahead of the elections.

Sharma, for her part, alleged that the BJP ignored the feelings of grassroots workers while choosing candidates for the legislative elections, “inducting people as it pleases and transporting them to Delhi”.

“We felt neglected but still did our best for the organization and ensured that five candidates from the saffron camp in Alipurduar district won the legislative elections. Now, however, I have the intends to work for people under the direction of Mamata Banerjee, ”he said.

Dismissing Suvendu Adhikari’s claim that Sharma switched sides because he was denied a ticket for the Saffron party in the assembly polls, Sharma said: “Let me ask him why he chose to join the BJP before the elections? Also, I want to know why he was appointed leader of the opposition in the Assembly and not Manoj Tigga, who is a senior and loyal member of the camp. ”

Tackling heavily with local MP John Barla, who recently demanded a separate union territory comprising the districts of North Bengal, the BJP renegade stressed that the parliamentarian, instead of doing something constructive for the region, ” fan 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 would distance themselves even further from the BJP because of their demands for “separatism. “.

Echoing him, Education Minister and senior TMC official Bratya Basu noted that the saffron camp, on the one hand, observes the “divas of Poschimbongo” (West Bengal Day), and on the other hand, his deputy seeks a bifurcation of the state, without regard for his integrity.

Speaking of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s visit to North Bengal, TMC MP Rajya Sabha said: “He is free to go where he wants … but he should have taken the state government in confidence.”

Dhankhar began a week-long visit to North Bengal earlier today amid controversy that erupted in the region over Barla’s request.

Criticizing BJP State President Dilip Ghosh for his claim that Bengal is emerging as a “safe haven for terrorist groups due to the inaction of the state government,” the MP said from TMC: “There are central agencies to control terrorist activity. If we were to believe this, the obvious question would be what these agencies do.”

“Are the agencies only there to harass and arrest student activists and those who speak out against the policies of the BJP government?” Added the deputy. PTI SUS RMS RMS

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

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