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Bengal BJP eyes film, TV artistes

Express News Service | Kolkata | Posted: June 11, 2014 12:57 am

Taking a cue from the Trinamool Congress that successfully fielded celebrities in both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the BJP has formed a unit to rope in people from TV and film world.

“Actor George Baker, who is already in the party, would be made the head of the unit, which would be named soon to bring in actors, musicians, producers and even technicians from the small and big screen,” said state BJP president Rahul Sinha as a slew of actors formally joined the party Tuesday.

Actors Santana Basu, Sucheta Chakraborty, Subhadra, Sriparna Ghosh, Priyanka Das and filmmakers Prabir Ray and Bikas Banerjee became party’s formal members on the day.  Referring to Monday’s meeting between the TMC and members of the Left Front delegation, Sinha said it was a meeting to save Left supporters from post-poll violence.

“In effect, it was a meeting between the two parties to find a way to save themselves from the BJP, which is emerging as a formidable force in the state,” he said, adding he felt the TMC and CPM workers who had worked dedicatedly for the respective parties had been cheated.  “TMC and CPM have united in betraying party workers. It is time now that these people, who had given their blood and sweat to the party, considered leaving the party,” he said.

On the sidelines of the event, he also said the BJP would welcome such people. “They are coming and would eventually come,” he said.

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