Kolkata: In another setback to the BJP, the party’s Alipurduar district president, Ganga Prasad Sharma joined the TMC on Monday. The development comes close to the heels of former national vice-president of BJP, Mukul Roy, returning to TMC on June 11. Roy targeted the BJP today, and said it is the “beginning of the saffron party’s end” in the state.
Seven other BJP leaders from the region also joined the TMC.
Roy, while addressing the press, said the BJP’s rise in the state began with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and the party’s 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,” stated Roy.
Ganga Prasad Sharma alleged that the BJP has ignored the sentiments of grassroots workers while selecting candidates for the assembly elections.
“We felt neglected but still did our best and ensured that five BJP candidates from Alipurduar district win the assembly polls. Now, I intend to work for people under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership,” he stated.
He rejected Suvendu Adhikari’s claims he switched sides on being denied a party ticket in the assembly polls. Sharma said, “Let me ask Adhikari, why he chose to join the saffron party ahead of the polls? ”
He also raised question on Adhikari being made the leader of opposition in the Assembly and not Manoj Tigga, who is a senior member of the party.
TMC chief whip in the Upper House, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, who was also present at the press conference, said the
people of the West Bengal will distance themselves from the BJP even further due its demands of “separatism”.
Education minister and senior TMC leader Bratya Basu said that the BJP, on one hand, is observing ‘Poschimbongo divas’ (West Bengal Day), and on the other, its MP is seeking a bifurcation of the state, in complete disregard to its integrity.
(With PTI Inputs)