From having to shave their heads to be sprayed with disinfectant, it is a shame for BJP workers in West Bengal who are trying to revert to their old party, the Trinamool Congress, after the state election results in May.
While the return has been easier for people like Mukul Roy, a senior Trinamool lieutenant who moved to BJP ahead of the 2019 general election, it’s a whole different experience for many of the party’s infantrymen.
Those who are reinstated have been seen to undergo blatant loyalty tests and bow down to please the powers that be.
Recently, six BJP employees shaved their hair when they exchanged party flags at Hooghly.
The move was condemned by BJP MP Rajya Sabha, Swapan Dasgupta, who managed to secure a seat in the upper house of parliament after an unsuccessful run for state elections.
The public humiliation is reminiscent of 1960s China, he said.
Many will remember the horrors of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the mid-1960s: massive denunciations, self-criticism and other forms of public humiliation of people by the Red Guards and destruction of shrines. These scenes are now reproduced throughout W. Bengal against the BJP workers.
– Swapan Dasgupta (@ swapan55) June 23, 2021
Today, in Birhum district, 150 BJP workers were thoroughly sprayed with disinfectant before receiving the Trinamool flag.
The leader of the local party that hosted the tipping event said he “wanted to disinfect the BJP virus from these people.”
After boldly declaring that it would win more than 200 of West Bengal’s 294 constituencies, the BJP was restricted to less than 80 seats in the March-April elections by the Trinamool Congress of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Since then, several Trinamool defectors have expressed interest in returning to Mamata Banerjee’s team, in addition to Mukul Roy.
Although the Trinamool was slow and selective in letting the defectors in, during Mr. Roy’s homecoming ceremony, Mamata Banerjee said somewhat cryptically, “More will come.”
Trinamool, sources said, are eager to “strike while the iron is hot” and smash a piece of BJP, preferably one bigger than the section that left Trinamool before the election.