Bengal BJP to make sweeping organizational changes to crack the whip on dissidents
Bolstered by the electoral defeat of the Assembly, the West Bengal BJP is likely to provoke a radical organizational reshuffle to crack the whip on recalcitrant leaders and a section of defectors, who joined the Saffron party ahead of the elections.
The BJP state is also considering setting up a “filter window” while inducting leaders of other parties and adopting a “Bengal-specific policy line” in tandem with its pan-Indian policy to combat sub- TMC nationalism, party sources say. mentionned.
The BJP decided to reorganize the organization by rewarding effective workers and party leaders and to suppress several defectors at the local and district levels. He also decided to curb dissent with a two-pronged approach.
The proposed measures come against a backdrop of poll reversals, growing infighting and a reverse exodus, the latest being the move of BJP national vice president Mukul Roy to the ruling party in the state.
After its defeat in the parliamentary elections in May, the state BJP has become a divided house with constant feuds between top leaders who blame each other for the failure, party sources said.
“Discussions are underway for some changes at different levels of the organization. There have been some problems. It would have been better if such things could have been avoided,” BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told PTI.
When asked if the BJP was going to take action against TMC dissidents and defectors who speak out against the Saffron Party, Ghosh said, “No one is above party discipline.” .
“There are people who had joined the party in the hope of getting something if the BJP came to power. But now, as we failed, they speak in a different tone. We all have to follow the rules and the rules. discipline of the party, ”he said.
There is growing resentment among the grassroots as no action has been taken against TMC renegades like Rajib Banerjee and Saumitra Khan who have spoken openly against the BJP leadership since the polling debacle, party sources said. .
The situation worsened after state leaders took action against some district leaders, but failed to touch state-level renegades who openly challenged the party.
“There has been a lot of pressure from the workers to take action against the wandering leaders because that is not how a disciplined party like the BJP works. We have already focused on the dissidents and prepared a list, and action will be taken as soon as we get the green light from central management, ”said a senior BJP official who is familiar with the development.
The party decided to take a two-pronged approach to curb dissent: ignore statements from some misguided leaders so that they will be silent, and issue vindication notices to the loudest, with the eventual goal of getting them out of the league. Party.
“We don’t want people who don’t want to stay with us,” he said.
Several other defectors like Sonali Guha, Sarala Murmu, Dipendu Biswas and Bacchu Hansda have expressed their desire to return to TMC.
Learning from the assembly’s poll “errors”, the party decided to form a “selection team” whose approval would be mandatory for anyone wishing to join the party.
“We made a big mistake by admitting anyone and everyone from the TMC. As a result, we haven’t been able to benefit from anti-function in many areas, while in other places, party units filled with defectors thus alienating our trying – workers and tried leaders, ”said another top state BJP leader.
He pointed out that of the 149 seats where the BJP fielded newcomers from other parties, the strike rate was only nine, while the old ones were lined up in 68 of the 77 seats it won.
“This figure shows that the strategy of taking leaders from other parties has been a complete failure,” he said.
The state unit also decided to adopt a “specific Bengal policy line” after the approval of the central leadership to counter the TMC narrative that the “BJP is a party of foreigners”.
“One of the main reasons for our defeat in the polls was that we couldn’t strike a chord with the masses because we were seen as outsiders.
“As a national party, we cannot have an approach like a regional party, but we will have a specific political line in Bengal in tandem with the national policy of our party to confront TMC in the state,” he said. he declares.
Although the BJP improved its score from three to 77 in the state assembly, it failed miserably to meet its high-profile target of over 200 seats, as the TMC seized power for the third consecutive term. by winning 213 seats out of the 294 members. Assembly.
The ruling TMC, while reacting to the changes the Saffron camp is planning, said the party would fall like a game of cards as it seeks “inorganic growth by inducting leaders of other parties.”
“The end of BJP in West Bengal has already started. It will fall like a deck of cards. They wanted to build a castle on the sand allowing inorganic growth. Now they face the music because the party has no base in the state, ”said TMC senior executive Sougata Roy.
Political scientist Suman Bhattacharya believes that the BJP will not be able to stop its fall because it has “lost the plot”.
“Not just TMC defectors, even veteran BJP leaders like Ganga Prasad Sharma are joining the ruling party in the state because the saffron party has lost the intrigue and narrative in West Bengal,” he said. declared.