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VHP urges BJP to groom workers into leaders for Bengal

Meanwhile, veteran BJP leader Tathagata Roy insinuated that Mamata Banerjee should take Kailash Vijayvargiya in her team, now that 'his friend' Mukul Roy was back with the Trinamool Congress

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is different from other parties, believes the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and so, it says the party that stands on the ideological pillars of patriotism and Hindutva must also stand apart. When people from a disintegrating party join the BJP, they may not understand the “nationalist” ideology of the BJP, a senior leader of the unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who did not want to be named, told Sirf News.

The BJP should make leaders out of ideologically driven lower-rung workers; or else, even they might return to other parties in the future, the VHP functionary said.

Mukul Roy’s return ‘eye-opener’: VHP functionary

After the BJP’s unexpectedly good results in the last polls in West Bengal, Mukul Roy was praised by many even in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the functionary said. “Many were also in favour of giving major responsibilities to Roy, but after the 2021 assembly election, his return to the Trinamool Congress is an eye-opener,” he said.

“Naturally, the Sangha Parivar wing wants Hindutva to assume pre-eminence in the BJP,” the VHP leader said.

He said, “There is still time. We should understand that it is not possible to come to power without creating a leader from among the cadre, especially the lower rung party workers.”

Rantidev Sengupta, a BJP leader believed to be close to the Sangh and also the party’s Howrah candidate, had recently opened up on social media. He said in a statement on YouTube that the “war could not be won with bharate soinik (mercenaries)”.

However, not only the VHP or the RSS but also BJP supporters from almost all walks of life in Bengal are demanding that homegrown leaders and workers be brought to the forefront with important responsibilities.

Tathagata Roy wants Kailash Vijayvargiya out

Stirring a hornet’s nest, BJP leader and former governor of Tripura (2015-18) and of since August 2018, Tathagata Roy said yesterday, “Mukul Roy came to the BJP and got Kailash Vijayvargiya as his ‘friend’. But now he is back in the Trinamool.” The translated a tweet by a supporter after Mukul ‘home return’, which had requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to include Vijayvargiya in her team.

Vijayavargiya has been left alone after Mukul Roy joined the Trinamool, Tathagata Roy insinuated. “Please take him to the Trinamool,” an apparent supporter of the BJP from Bengal tweeted. Tathagata Roy translated the tweet into English, indicating he was never happy with the man put in charge of the Bengal campaign of BJP by the party’s leadership.

Bringing the BJP’s infighting to the fore again, Tathagata Roy translated the Bangla epithet “bhoda bedal” into a “stupid cat” to describe Vijayavargiya.

Divakar Debnath, the Twitter user, had posted this message with a picture of Mukul Roy with Vijayvargiya. He had written Mukul and Kailash used to gossip and whisper among themselves all the time and added that the BJP’s campaign leader deputed by the central leadership of the party was now “disappointed”.

Even earlier, Tathagata Roy had pointed a finger at the leadership of Vijayavargiya, Shiv Prakash, Arvind Menon and Dilip Ghosh. Making an acronym of their names, the referred to them as “KSAD”.

Even now, he did not mention the name of Vijayvargiya.

Meanwhile, even as a disciplinary committee has been formed by the BJP, the infighting in the party’s unit is going on unabated. Earlier, the central leadership had summoned Tathagata Roy, asking him to tone down his critiques, sources said. Looks like he doesn’t care.

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Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar
This consulting editor of Sirf News is a senior journalist with more than 20 years of experience in reporting and editing, has worked with Hindusthan Samachar (news agency), Mail Today, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, etc

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