Mukul Roy and Rajib Banerjee’s absence from BJP Bengal sparks rumors

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Mukul Roy was a founding member of the Trinamool Congress which he left in 2017 (File)

Calcutta:

The absence of three BJP heavyweights Mukul Roy, Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajib Banerjee during the party’s recent West Bengal unit meeting sparked rumors in state politics after the bitter battle between BJP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the recent legislative elections. .

It comes at a time when several defector politicians, who switched from TMC to BJP ahead of the assembly elections, have expressed regret over their decision to quit the party led by Mamata Banerjee.

The BJP’s Bengal unit held a high-level organizational meeting on Tuesday where party leaders were required to be physically present.

Speaking on the absence of the three BJP leaders from the meeting, Joy Prakash Majumdar, vice president of the BJP West Bengal, said: “BJP national vice president Mukul Roy was unable to attend. at the meeting because his wife is ill and is in a hospital. On the day the meeting was scheduled, the father of Bengal BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya died of Covid and was therefore unable to attend at the meeting Rajib Banerjee was unable to attend for personal reasons.

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Rajib Banerjee had recently said that people elected the government, apparently referring to the TMC which has returned to power in the state, and added that they would not take it well if the threat of imposing the presidential regime was constantly suspended to oppose the chief minister.

“Enough with the critics. The people elected the government with a majority, they will not take it well if the threat of Article 365 is constantly used to oppose the chief minister,” Rajib Banerjee tweeted.

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Commenting on Rahul Banerjee’s tweet, Mr Majumdar said the BJP did not support the former minister’s statement.

“This is entirely his personal opinion and in no way does the BJP at the state and national levels support his statement. Whatever position Rajib Banerjee takes, it is entirely his personal opinion,” Mr. Majumdar.

The West Bengal BJP vice president said the leaders, who want to return to Trinamool Congress, are hungry for power.

“That’s their main right. Those who want to go to their old party can go back there. They can decide if they want to stay with that party and work for the people or go to the party they came from. They want to there. go. to the Trinamool Congress because they are power hungry. “

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Before rising to prominence in the BJP, Mukul Roy was a founding member of the TMC which he resigned in 2017. Rajib Banerjee left the TMC in January this year and contested the West Bengal assembly elections on a ticket from the BJP.

Several leaders, including Suvendu Adhikari, who was once a close associate of Mamata Banerjee, joined the BJP ahead of the assembly elections. The BJP lost the elections but became the second party with 77 seats in the assembly of 294 member states. The Trinamool Congress recorded a landslide victory by winning 213 seats.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by The Bharat Express News staff and is posted Platforms.)

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