The by no means ending speculations on who could be the Bharatiya Janata Get together’s (BJP) chief ministerial face in poll-bound West Bengal received a brand new spin on Wednesday when the get together fielded Bengali actor Hiranmoy Chattopadhyay from the Kharagpur Sadar meeting seat that Dilip Ghosh, the get together’s state president, had gained in 2016.
The BJP misplaced the meeting seat within the 2019 by-election which needed to be held as a result of Ghosh had contested and gained the native Midnapore Lok Sabha seat earlier that yr. Kharagpur Sadar went to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the primary time. The victory was thought-about a landmark. The winner, Pradip Sarkar, secured 72,893 votes or 47% of the polled votes towards 39.29 % that Ghosh secured in 2016. Sarkar has been fielded once more by Mamata Banerjee.
Quickly after Chattopadhyay, popularly referred to as Hiran, was named by the BJP on Wednesday afternoon, leaders of the ruling get together stated that by not fielding Ghosh the BJP made it obvious that he’s not within the race for the chief minister’s chair. Some TMC leaders even stated Hiran’s nomination indicated that the BJP doesn’t hope to win the Bengal polls.
The eight-phase polling for Bengal’s 294 seats will start on March 27.
Final week, the BJP named its candidates for the primary two phases. Since no candidate was named for Kaharagpur Sadar, the place polls will likely be held on April 1, there have been speculations that Ghosh is likely to be fielded once more as he has the political benefit of being the native MP.
The speculations gained momentum when some BJP leaders, together with nationwide basic secretary and observer for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya, stated Ghosh would possibly contest the approaching elections.
“It’s obvious that Ghosh just isn’t the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate as a result of it was the get together that determined to not area him. We’ll win the elections anyway. The BJP has felt the heart beat of the folks. It’s not able to challenge anybody towards Mamata Banerjee,” Bengal’s deputy parliamentary affairs minister Tapas Roy instructed HT.
A senior Bengal BJP chief, who didn’t wish to be named, stated Kharagpur Sadar was a trigger for concern for his get together due to the humiliating defeat within the 2019 by-polls.
“The defeat turned a humiliation for the BJP. Ghosh had gained it by a margin of 45,000 votes. Within the by-poll, he fielded Prem Chand Jha, his election agent in 2016. Whereas campaigning for Jha, Ghosh instructed voters that it was he who was contesting. However Jha was going through a prison cost. An area resident lodged a police criticism saying his ancestral land was illegally bought by Jha to 3 Kolkata-based businessmen. Jha needed to transfer the Calcutta excessive court docket to hunt aid from arrest,” the BJP chief stated.
Jha’s defeat got here solely three years after Ghosh gained the seat by defeating veteran Congress chief Gyan Singh Sohanpal who had gained 10 occasions from 1969 to 2011, dropping solely in 1977. Sohanpal, who was lovingly referred to as ‘Chacha’ (uncle) by the younger and previous died in 2017 on the age of 92.
Defending the get together’s choice to area an actor, BJP state basic secretary Sayantan Basu stated, “Who will contest and from the place is a choice solely the BJP management takes. It’s not the TMC’s headache. The ruling get together is worried about our chief ministerial face as a result of it has given up the hope of ruling Bengal.”
Ghosh didn’t touch upon this problem.
Throughout the day, some TMC leaders and a tv actor joined the BJP.
Distinguished amongst those that joined the saffron camp is Bachchu Hansda, minister of state for north Bengal improvement and legislator from Tapan in South Dinajpur district and Gouri Shankhar Dutta, legislator from Tehatta in Nadia district and eight district-level leaders. The 2 legislators weren’t fielded by the TMC for the approaching polls.
Shankar Ghosh, a CPI(M) youth entrance chief at Siliguri in north Bengal, additionally introduced that he had resigned from the get together and would be part of the BJP.