New West Bengal state president likely by Nov end: BJP minority cell chief

Speaking to The Indian Express, Ansari said by October 16, party’s organisational elections in Bengal, till the booth level, will be completed.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published:September 17, 2015 12:18 am
Shakeel Ansari in Kolkata on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Partha Paul) Shakeel Ansari (Source: Express Photo by Partha Paul)

A day after a section of BJP leaders demanded the removal of state unit president Rahul Sinha, minority cell chief Shakeel Ansari said on Wednesday that is it is likely that a new party president will be elected by the end of November.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Ansari said by October 16, party’s organisational elections in Bengal, till the booth level, will be completed. “Following this, there will be leadership changes in the block, zilla and state levels. I think by end of November, a new president will be elected,” the BJP leader added.

Ansari further claimed that according to discussions within the party, if no suitable candidate was found for the post, a RSS leader will be brought in as the new state BJP president.

Meanwhile, more party leaders, especially bureaucrats, who had joined BJP recently, voiced a similar concern on Wednesday.

Sudipta Nandi, former chief commissioner (Customs and Excise), who had joined joined the BJP sometime ago, said he has already left the party. “I left the party because I did not agree with some views of senior BJP leaders. Till the leadership changes in Bengal, things are not going to improve for the party here,” he claimed.

A former DG, who had joined the party recently, said the party was “sluggish” in the state. Claiming that it will be difficult to oust the Trinamool Congress at the moment, he added: “Mamata Banerjee is still very popular, especially in the rural areas… People are not ready to switch loyalty.”

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