Sudip Sinha, the brother of state BJP president Rahul Sinha was, till December 1 an unknown figure in state politics. He had suddenly been catapulted into media focus thanks to Trinamool MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who announced during a party youth wing rally that Sudip — though being the state BJP president’s brother — would join the TMC.
Speaking to The India Express, Sudip said his joining had been planned by senior Trinamool leaders. “I had met Arup Biswas in October first week at a blood donation camp where I had expressed my willingness to join TMC. After giving me a patient hearing, he assured me that I would be given a call at the right time,” he said.
Sinha has been appointed as the general secretary of the party’s south Kolkata wing. Asked what his responsibilities would entail, he said: “I will have to be in touch with all the presidents of the youth wing in Jadavpur and Tollygunge and ensure that organisational structure is strengthened. Arupda knows my association with a non-profit association and thus, thought I would have the capacity to build a team.”
He has already had a meeting with south Kolkata president Swarup Biswas. “It was a close-door meeting, fixing our party strategies for the 2015 municipal election,” said Sudip. On BJP’s presence in Bengal, Sudip said it was trying to portray a picture of popularity with the help of a few CPM cadres who have defected to the BJP. “It is so much like an India-Pakistan cricket match where even if one of the team is playing its under-17 team against the other national team, before the game, they would claim that they would win the match. The same thing can be said about the state BJP. They know they don’t stand a chance but at the same time, they don’t want the morale of their party workers to sink,” Sudip said.
“Initially, it was Trinammol versus the CPM and now it is the same fight on a different platform. The entire party is based on communalism — a principle which I had never been able to stomach,” said Sudip. He also negated Rahul’s claim that Sudip had always been an active TMC worker. “Dada (Rahul) must have got confused. I used to be friendly with local TMC workers near my residence in Raipur, in ward 99, where I have been living with my wife and son for the last four years. That must have led him to think that I have joined TMC.”
Asked if Rahul has spoken to him about him joining the TMC, Sudip said: “No, he hasn’t so far, but he might. We normally don’t discuss politics.”
Sudip added that while Rahul had followed the principles of their maternal uncle Prafulla Sinha and joined the BJP, he himself followed another paternal uncle of theirs, Bhupendra Kumar Sinha, and supported Congress. “Later, when several cases of corruption against the Congress came to the fore, I found Mamata Banerjee was the only alternative and started following her,” he said.