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Bengal BJP workers brawl in front of state leadership

Talking to reporters, both Ghosh and Majumdar refused to attach much importance to the incident and blamed “Trinamool Congress agents” for the fracas.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: October 23, 2021 5:04:42 am
Two factions within the party brawled in the presence of state BJP President Sukanta Majumder and his predecessor Dilip Ghosh at Katwa in Paschim Bardhaman on Friday. (Videograb)

Two factions of the BJP in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district were involved in a brawl at an event in Katwa’s Daihat area on Friday in the presence of state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar and his predecessor Dilip Ghosh. The two leaders were there to attend an organisational meeting and a felicitation ceremony.

Talking to reporters, both Ghosh and Majumdar refused to attach much importance to the incident and blamed “Trinamool Congress agents” for the fracas. They asserted that the BJP rank and file was behind the party’s new state leadership. The two are on a tour of various districts to meet party workers.

As the two leaders arrived for the meeting, one group started shouting slogans against the leadership of Dilip Ghosh, who had been the BJP state president till mid-September. They held him responsible for not standing by party workers facing attacks from the TMC.

As the shouting continued before the media, another faction tried to push away the protesters, resulting in a scuffle where, besides fisticuffs, chairs were also thrown. Ghosh, who was appointed the BJP’s national vice-president after being replaced as the state BJP chief, and his successor sat through the pandemonium stoically.

Hitting out at the ruling party, Sukanta Majumdar said, “The TMC sent their men here to create this situation and disrupt our meeting. We will identify them. If any of our workers are involved then we will take action against them.”

Ghosh claimed the ones initially protesting were “new to the party and not true BJP workers”. He added, “They don’t believe in our ideology. They came for gains ahead of the Assembly polls.”

A district Trinamool leader denied the BJP’s accusations and said “the squabble within the party is now a public knowledge”. He added, “Unable to stem dissent and keep its house in order, BJP is blaming TMC.”

Since it lost the Assembly elections earlier this year, a large number of workers and regional leaders have deserted the BJP, most of them moving to the TMC. Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo was among the prominent names who recently joined the ruling party in the state.

(With PTI inputs)

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