'I want to thank you...': Bengal BJP chief's message to people trying to save state from 'becoming Afghanistan'

© Provided by Hindustan Times West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar (ANI)

Sukanta Majumdar, the newly-appointed chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit, on Tuesday thanked people who, he said, “are trying to save the state from becoming Afghanistan.” Majumdar, whose predecessor Dilip Ghosh was made a national vice-president of the party in a reshuffle on Monday, also warned those leaving its Bengal unit for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), that their defection won’t finish the BJP.

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“TMC has become a family-owned property in the garb of a political party,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying, in reference to party supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, and her nephew Abhishek. He added that it is only the BJP which gives important responsibilities to ordinary people. 

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“I thank the people who are trying to save West Bengal from becoming Afghanistan. Our fight has to continue against the Taliban in West Bengal,” the parliamentarian from Balurghat further said, adding that those who have jumped ship should not think that their act would finish the BJP in the state, as “it won’t ever happen.”

“If central forces are deployed for local body polls, then we will show them what we can do,” Majumdar also said.

If some people think that by leaving BJP they will finish the party, it won’t happen. Our fight has to continue against the ‘Taliban’ in West Bengal. If TMC dares to let us vote using central forces in local body polls, we’ll show them what BJP can do: WB BJP chief

— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2021

“If central forces are deployed for local body polls, then we will show them what we can do,” Majumdar also said.


The assembly elections in the state took place across an unprecedented eight phases, from late March to late April, and in the shadow of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The TMC secured a third consecutive term by winning 213 seats, while the BJP finished second, registering its best-ever finish with 77 seats. Banerjee, however, lost to her former protege, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, from Nandigram. She now faces a by-election against Priyanka Tibrewal on September 30, from Bhabanipur.

In the wake of election results, several leaders jumped ship to Banerjee’s camp. Two high-profile exits from the BJP are those of Mukul Roy and Babul Supriyo. While Roy’s entry marks his return to the Trinamool, Supriyo is in his first stint.


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