BJP leader Prodyut Bora quits party, blames PM Modi for his functioning style

Assam leader Prodyut Bora quits BJP, hits out at Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for being 'arrogant'.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: February 19, 2015 9:51 am
Prodyut Bora, BJP, Narendra Modi, Assam BJP leader quits, Prodyut Bora Assam Bora also hit out at the BJP state leadership, including president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya and two Assam MPs amongst others. (Source: facebook.com)

BJP national executive member and former IT cell national convenor Prodyut Bora on Wednesday quit the party after complaining against the style of functioning of its leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Amit Shah. Modi, he alleged, had damaged the democratic tradition of the party, while Shah was arrogant and his style of functioning highly individualised and centralized.

Reacting to the allegations leveled by Bora, Assam BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya said these allegations were baseless and leveled by a person who hardly had any mass contact.

“Prodyut Bora’s allegations are baseless and highly personalized. He had never aired his grievances in any party forum. Putting out grievances through Facebook, Twitter, SMS and press releases are useless until and unless one attends party meetings and places them there. Bora mostly lives outside the state and is hardly seen among the masses,” Bhattacharyya said.

The Assam BJP president particularly pointed at the party’s significant victory in the state’s civic elections and said, “Had Bora’s allegations been true, the BJP would not have won majority in 39 of the state’s 74 town committees and municipal boards,” he said.

The first ever IIM graduate to have ventured into politics, Bora also hit out at the BJP state leadership, including president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya and two Assam MPs Bijoya Chakravarty and Rajen Gohain amongst others. While many MPS and MLAs in Assam are remote-controlled by the Congress, the BJP was now considering induction of controversial Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma into the party, he alleged.

Bora (40), who today shot off a long resignation letter to BJP president Amit Shah – copies of which were also made available to the media apart from being put up in the social media – particularly hit out at both Modi and Shah for being arrogant, and said the situation had reached such a passé that no cabinet minister, national officer bearer or MP can muster courage to question Modi.

“The Indian people have embraced democracy not just in form but also in spirit. In the ‘cabinet system’ that we have adopted, the Prime Minister is the ‘first among equals’, not the first among unequals. But, if my understanding is correct, hasn’t Modi-ji damaged this democratic tradition?” he asked.

Bora, who was national convenor of the BJP IT Cell during 2007-09 and a member of the back-room boys during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, had also contested, though unsuccessfully, in the Assam assembly elections in 2011. He was also BJP’s national media cell member in the past.

“Today the Foreign Minister barely knows that the Foreign Secretary is about to get fired; Cabinet Ministers cannot even appoint their own OSDs (Officers on Special Duty); and power is increasingly being centralised in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This makes me wonder: does the Cabinet System still exist in this country? I am mortified to see that no Cabinet Minister, no National Office Bearer, no Member of Parliament has demonstrated the courage to question Modi-ji on the subversion of this fine democratic tradition,” Bora said.

Bora also complained that while the BJP government at the Centre had remained indifferent towards the flood and erosion problem of Assam, it had also scrapped the North-East Industrial and Investment Policy, leading to loss of about Rs 30,000 crore worth prospective investment in the state. He also wanted to know what happened to Modi’s announcement during the Lok Sabha election campaign that Bangladeshi infiltrators would have to pack up after the polls.

Yet another allegation he has leveled is that the party was preparing to admit controversial Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, who, he alleged, was once with the ULFA and now implicated in the Saradha scam. He also pointed out that the state BJP Kishan Morcha today has two vice-presidents who are former ULFA leaders.

“What great virtue do you see in Himanta Biswa Sarma, apart from winning elections by hook or crook, that you are considering inducting him into the party? Is he going to be BJP’s paradigm of a model karyakarta? Or do the considerations of winning elections make you overlook a person’s antecedents completely?” he asked.

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    R Roshan
    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm
    There is certain amount of suffocation among many insiders but you can't quit a party until it becomes a breathing problem... If the current style will not change many more such cases will come-out.
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      Ram A
      Feb 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm
      he did not become OSD of A minister that so hew is crying.
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        Ronald
        Feb 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm
        Dont we see Fascism??
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          A.J. Auti
          Feb 19, 2015 at 1:49 am
          The Duo is ruling the country like they did in Gujarat. Arrogance of the Don Shah, has cost the BJP a huge face off. Delhi will repeat in many more states.
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            Aronite
            Feb 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm
            This is a very pertinent question that this Personality Cult must answer- “What great virtue do you see in Himanta Biswa Sarma, apart from winning elections by hook or crook, that you are considering inducting him into the party? Is he going to be BJP’s paradigm of a model karyakarta? Or do the considerations of winning elections make you overlook a person’s antecedents completely?”
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              S. Deb
              Feb 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm
              This Pradyut Bora is a loser. He never won any election till date. He just thought that because of his qualifications, he will be made the state candidate for CM. It is better if such ambitious losers quit BJP, Congress or any othyer political party.
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                SonOfIndia
                Feb 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm
                nothing wrong , he just told what is true, even common people can feel it now.
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                  S.PADMARAJAN
                  Feb 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm
                  My sympathies to bora.one can't expect any good deeds except long superlative speeches from this party.
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                    Anon
                    Feb 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm
                    Its a wake-up call for people of India, that everything that's painted in fair-and-lovely campaigns (read Rs. 5000 crores campaigns) need not be the fairest of the lot! Mr. Modi's government has already started showing their true colours, on what was touted as the 'Change Masters' by the numerous U-turns to their own promises, e.g. 'Acche Din' has moved to 2023 now, Aadhar Card has emerged to be an important card now, Black money is not yet back in 100 days, Rs. 15 Lakhs hasn't yet reached my account, but Mr. Modi is roaming around in Rs. 10 Lakhs designer suits, Hindu women are mandated to produce 4 babies, HDFC chairman complaining nothing has changed at the ground level for business owners, without any signs in the last 9 months! I hope people of India, do not soon have to choose BJP-mukt Bharat!
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                      James
                      Feb 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm
                      Indira hi lost the election after the emergency.Modi lost the Delhi election when his actions did not match his words.People do learn from history.BJP after promising development started ghar vapsi ,love jihad and mythology masquerading as science
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                        baburao
                        Feb 19, 2015 at 1:09 am
                        whatever the system was in place for last 67 years has failed completely , and now whatever Modiji is doing is new, get it?
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                          Mohan
                          Feb 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm
                          are you the watchman at the Secretariat ?
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                            Mohan
                            Feb 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm
                            Where was this guy during the emergency days - when judges were suded, more than half the opposition was in jail, freedom of press was curtailed and Congi MPs would be saluting Madam
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                              noface
                              Feb 19, 2015 at 9:43 am
                              ya itne sal ke kamchori ke bad koi kam karane dekega toh I know acha nai lagega...
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                                Parth Garg
                                Feb 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm
                                Took 3 years to realize what is ever writ large on the faces of the two.
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                                  Pramod
                                  Feb 19, 2015 at 7:09 am
                                  No, the people of Delhi simply said "Na Mo = No More". and he can take Motu Amit Shah with him ! Good dialogue, I will note it down! So you do not like fat people! Some of them are good. You certainly deserve free water & electricity (who is fat?) I do not. I earn everything in my life & pay for it! It is that simple for me
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                                    Pramod
                                    Feb 19, 2015 at 7:11 am
                                    So he does not learn from history! I was also a 8 yrs old kid in 1975
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                                      Padmesh Kumar
                                      Feb 18, 2015 at 2:25 pm
                                      Well. Narendra Modi, the PM is certainly a misfit in the democratic set up of the country. It is an open secrete that the Cabinet system and Modi's RSS philosophy can not go together. He had exhibited it in his rule in Gujarat. It is a matter of time that people will start getting disillusioned with Modi-Shah team. The better it will be for the country the early it happens.
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                                        indian
                                        Feb 19, 2015 at 1:26 am
                                        Looser
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                                          Purush
                                          Feb 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm
                                          This all smacks of Politics rather than actual grievance. Being against a style of functioning is Ok. Resigning because of it is also OK. But to post resignation letters on public platforms or social media tells that the person is more interested in playing politics rather than quit in disgust.
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                                            naveenk
                                            Feb 19, 2015 at 10:32 am
                                            In Delhi 40% government servants voted against modi. u know why, modi told them do ur duty correctly and come office earlier. its main reason bjp lost in delhi. government servants always against good government.
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