Sukanta Majumdar replaces Dilip Ghosh as West Bengal BJP chief
The BJP on Monday replaced Dilip Ghosh as its West Bengal unit president with Lok Sabha MP from Balurghat Sukanta Majumdar, amid infighting and a string of defections from the party to the state's ruling Trinamool Congress.
In a statement, the party announced that Ghosh, also a Lower House MP, has been made a national vice president of the saffron party.
The change of guard comes 15 months ahead of the expiry of Ghosh's term as BJP state chief.
According to party sources, Majumdar's name for the Bengal BJP president's post had been doing the rounds for the past few months, following the party's defeat in the March-April assembly polls.
''I thank my party leadership for giving me this opportunity. The party has grown from strength to strength in the last few years. I would aim to fortify its base even further,'' he told reporters.
Asked about his plans to deal with the defections and infighting in the party, Majumdar, who has strong links with the RSS, said those committed to the BJP ideology would never leave the party.
Four BJP MLAs and an MP have switched over to the TMC since the declaration of assembly election results on May 2. The sources in the BJP said that the top brass decided to appoint Majumdar as the state president as the party managed to weather the TMC storm and put up a good show in north Bengal.
With Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, hailing from south Bengal and Majumdar from north, the saffron camp seems to be making efforts to reinvigorate the organisation in the state after the assembly poll debacle.
He also thanked the central leadership for the new role.
''I was informed this morning that I will be given a new assignment at the national level. I am thankful to the party for giving me an opportunity to serve the masses. I wish Sukanta Majumdar success on his new journey,'' the 57-year-old BJP leader said.
Ghosh, who took over the party's reins in December 2015, was re-elected unopposed to the post of state BJP chief in January 2020. Under his leadership, the party, for the first time in 2016, won three seats in the Assembly. The BJP had also registered a spectacular performance in 2019 when the party bagged 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. In 2021, however, the party failed to achieve its much-hyped target of 200 seats in the assembly, but managed to increase its tally from three to 77.
Ghosh, over the years, courted several controversies with his remarks.
He has also been subjected to criticisms by his detractors in the party.
The TMC declined to comment on the internal development in the BJP.
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