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Need to induct leaders from other parties to expand base: Bengal BJP chief

According to the saffron camp sources and media reports, several party cadres and the RSS the BJPs ideological parent are not very happy with the induction of certain leaders in the party.

Published: 25th January 2021 09:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th January 2021 09:20 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

KOLKATA: Amid a spate of defections from the ruling TMC to the saffron camp in Bengal ahead of the assembly polls, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday allayed apprehensions of the turncoats getting more importance than the old timers,saying switching political allegiance doesnt always guarantee leadership positions.

Ghosh, however, insisted that the party, in order to expand its base for coming to power in Bengal, needs to induct people from other political outfits.

In an interview to PTI, he also clarified that everybody has to abide by the rules and regulations of the party, be it the old-timers or the newcomers.

"The BJP is a growing force in West Bengal. Our organisation is getting strengthened with each passing day; people from other parties including the TMC are joining us. If we dont take people from other outfits, how will we grow? "No matter who joins the camp, I would like to add that everyone has to abide by the rules and regulations of the party. No one is above the party," he said, when asked about reports of infighting in certain pockets of the state over induction of leaders from the Trinamool Congress.

According to the saffron camp sources and media reports, several party cadres and the RSS the BJPs ideological parent are not very happy with the induction of certain leaders in the party.

"There could be complaints against some leaders, but you have to understand one thing that whoever is joining us will not become a leader immediately. In a democracy, numbers play an important role. We have to get the numbers (to come to power)," he said.

Ghosh further said and "regarding the question of getting a leadership position, it will be decided later by the party who will be the leader or the face."

Ghosh assured the old-timers that they have nothing to worry about, as each of them will be accommodated according to their ability.

"Everybody be will be accomodated according to their ability and will get respect. All of us have to work together to oust the TMC," he said.

Many senior TMC leaders, including political heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, 14 other MLAs and a sitting MP, have switched over to the saffron camp in the last two years.

Three Left MLAs and four Congress legislators have also joined the saffron camp.

Talking about Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees allegation that the BJP has turned into a "washing machine" that cleanses corrupt turncoats after inducting them, Ghosh said taking someone into the party fold does not mean justifying his/her wrong deeds.

"We are not certifying or justifying anyone or anything. If someone is proven guilty, he or she will have to face the consequences. Its the TMC that believes in the culture of corruption."

"In our society, a section of people are into politics, and wherever this section goes, that party grows from strength to strength. If there are some politicians who are willing to join us, we will welcome them.Law, on the other hand, will take its own course," he stated.

Ghosh, however, maintained that the party has put in place a mechanism to look into the profile of cadres and workers before inducting them.

"We are not here to judge anyone. But, that doesnt mean we will induct each and every one. There is a screening process and everybody has to go through it. We can never deliver good governance if we dont come to power. For that, we need to expand our base," he said.

Referring to the "outsider versus insider" debate in West Bengal, the state BJP chief said the TMC has raked up the issue as it has nothing else to talk about.

"The TMC, after a decade in power in the state, has nothing to talk about, it seems. Ours is a national party, and our leaders will come here to assist us. But, those who are fighting elections or are working at the grassroots level are residents of this state. So the allegations are baseless," he underlined.

Exuding confidence that the BJP will come to power with more than two-thirds majority, Ghosh said the party would draft a road map for the development of the state.

Speaking on the issue of projecting a chief ministerial candidate before the assembly polls, Ghosh said it is for the leadership to decide.

"In states where we were in opposition, we chose our CM candidate after winning the elections. Our party believes in collective leadership. Naming a chief ministerial candidate is not important," he pointed out.

Asked if he would take up the challenge if the party anoints him as its CM face, Ghosh said, he is a loyal soldier of the BJP, and has always taken up all responsibilities bestowed upon him.

"When I was asked to become the state president of the party, I accepted it. I worked hard. When I was asked to contest for an MLA or an MP post, I agreed. Whatever responsibility the party assigns me, I will perform my duty diligently," he added.



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