NEW DELHI: Balurghat MP Sukanta Majumdar was on Monday appointed West Bengal BJP president, replacing Dilip Ghosh who has been elevated as national vice-president of the party.
The appointment of Majumdar is significant as it comes when the party is pitted in a tough battle against CM Mamata Banerjee who is contesting assembly bypolls from Bhabanipur and also amid internal strife in the wake of party MP Babul Supriyo joining TMC.
In another important development, BJP chief J P Nadda appointed Babyrani Maurya as national vice-president. She was the Uttarakhand governor and resigned recently. Both Ghosh and Maurya are OBCs and their appointment is seen as part of BJP’s continued outreach to the community which has the largest chunk of voters in the country.
Surprisingly, senior leaders like Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad, who had been dropped as Cabinet ministers in the recent rejig, have not made it to the organisation, in contrast with the speculation doing the rounds since then.
Ghosh’s tenure was to last till the end of next year and his premature exit comes in the wake of reports of internal differences within the state unit. Supriyo was also at daggers drawn with Ghosh and his resignation from the party was also seen as a fallout of the same. Supriyo had outrightly said he didn’t want to continue with the party under Ghosh’s leadership.Internet Explorer Channel Network