West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday mentioned that the occasion has to fulfil its long- cherished mission of profitable the state not solely to broaden its ideological footprint but additionally to safe India’s japanese borders, which have became a “transit level for terror parts” attempting to create unrest within the nation.
Amid an exodus of TMC members to the BJP forward of the meeting elections, Ghosh conceded that the saffron occasion wants folks from different political outfits to return to energy within the state, after which it’ll put an finish to the follow.
In an interview with PTI, Ghosh mentioned the BJP’s ideology, its increasing organisational power, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recognition are its strengths, whereas the dearth of in style faces within the occasion at numerous ranges within the state is without doubt one of the drawbacks for the saffron camp within the elections.
Allaying apprehensions of occasion old-timers that turncoats have gotten extra essential than them, he mentioned that switching political allegiance does not all the time assure management positions and occasion tickets.
“West Bengal is essential for the BJP not solely due to our origin within the state as Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was born right here but additionally as a result of the nation’s safety is linked with it. We now have waited for lengthy for a possibility to return to energy within the state. That is our mission and problem,” he mentioned.
“India’s border with Bangladesh that West Bengal shares is essentially the most unsafe within the nation. The Centre has been capable of deliver peace in Kashmir and different disturbed areas however the japanese borders have became a transit level for terror parts to infiltrate into the nation to create unrest,” he mentioned.
Exuding confidence of coming to energy in West Bengal with a two-thirds majority, Ghosh mentioned the TMC authorities has failed and betrayed the aspirations of the folks of the state, who had voted it to energy in 2011.
Elections to the 294-member meeting, poised to be a stiff contest between the BJP and the TMC, shall be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The outcomes shall be declared on Might 2.
The BJP has been capable of “knock the door of the seat of energy” as a result of martyrdom of tons of of occasion staff and the indomitable spirit of the activists within the state however lack of in style faces at numerous ranges is a disadvantage for the occasion within the elections, he mentioned.
“Our ideology, Modiji’s recognition and the indomitable spirit of our staff are our strengths however we want a number of in style faces at numerous ranges to tackle the TMC. The ruling occasion within the state has a number of faces not as a result of they’re environment friendly however as a result of they’ve been in energy for 10 years,” he mentioned.
Requested whether or not the rift between old-timers and newcomers will have an effect on the BJP within the elections, he mentioned that everybody has to abide by the occasion’s guidelines and laws.
“The BJP is getting strengthened in West Bengal with every passing day. Folks from different events together with the TMC are becoming a member of us. If we do not take them, how will we develop?
“All people cannot get a ticket. Just some shall be candidates and others must work as per the duties assigned to them. Nobody is above the occasion,” he mentioned.
Saffron occasion sources and media reviews have indicated that the RSS will not be pleased with the BJP inducting sure leaders from different political outfits.
Ghosh mentioned though occasion hopping cannot be supported, there are specific requirements in electoral politics.
“We’ll put an finish to the follow of occasion hopping after we’re voted to energy in West Bengal. However numbers play an essential position in democracy. We have to get the numbers. With leaders, their supporters too come to our occasion,” he mentioned.
For the reason that 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when the BJP bagged 18 seats, simply 4 lower than the TMC, 26 MLAs of the ruling occasion within the state, two of its MPs and three legislators every from the Congress and CPI(M) and one CPI MLA have joined the saffron occasion.
Nevertheless, barring former state cupboard ministers Suvendu Adhikari and Rajib Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi, none have resigned from their posts.
“Tickets are given on the premise of winnability. It’s not needed that each one the elected representatives who’ve joined from different events will get tickets,” he mentioned.
Ghosh mentioned inducting tainted TMC leaders won’t influence the occasion’s anti-corruption narrative in West Bengal.
“Folks vote for the BJP due to our ideology and insurance policies and never by politicians becoming a member of us from different outfits.
“We can’t choose anybody. Regulation will take its personal course. Of their earlier occasion, there was a tradition of corruption so that they labored accordingly, however within the BJP, they need to work as per our ideas,” he mentioned.
Ghosh dismissed allegations that id politics has risen in West Bengal concurrently with the BJP’s progress and blamed the TMC’s “appeasement politics” for the rise of communal politics within the state.
“Growth for all is our election plank. However communal politics has grown within the state as a result of TMC’s appeasement politics. The TMC is solely accountable for this,” he mentioned.
Noting that it’s as much as the highest BJP management whether or not to mission a chief ministerial candidate forward of the elections, he mentioned, “In states the place now we have a robust organisation, we do not mission a CM face as a result of we do not want one to win the elections however in states the place now we have a weak presence, now we have generally projected a CM face. Now, now we have a robust organisation in West Bengal.”
He dismissed media reviews that newly inducted actor Mithun Chakraborty could be projected because the occasion’s chief ministerial candidate within the state.
Requested whether or not he’ll take up the problem if the occasion anoints him because the CM face, Ghosh mentioned he’s a loyal soldier of the BJP and has all the time taken up the duties bestowed upon him.
“No matter duty the occasion bestows upon me, I’ll carry out my obligation diligently,” he mentioned.
On the ‘outsider versus insider’ debate in West Bengal, the state BJP chief mentioned that the TMC has raked up the difficulty because it has nothing else to speak about.
“The TMC, after remaining in energy within the state for a decade, has nothing else to speak about, it appears. Ours is a nationwide occasion, and our leaders will come right here to help us. However these preventing the elections and the bottom staff are from this state. So, the TMC’s allegations are baseless,” he added.