Published On: Thu, Dec 24th, 2020

BJP’s Bengal Mahila Morcha chief issued show-cause for anti-party statements

Kolkata: The fight between the old and new members of West Bengals Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has intensified as the high-voltage Assembly elections scheduled in 2021 draws closer.

Paul heads the women’s arm of the party, Mahila Morcha

In a measured tactical move, the party has apparently sent out a clear signal to a section of BJP state leadership about their outrageous comments on the social media. Recently, it has sent show-cause notices to two prominent BJP West Bengal unit leaders – Sayantan Basu and Agnimitra Paul – for allegedly making anti-party statements.

While Basu is the sitting general secretary of BJP in Bengal, Paul heads the women’s arm of the party, Mahila Morcha, in the state.

The show-cause notice came a few days after Trinamool Congress heavyweight and former state Transport and Irrigation Minister Suvendu Adhikari joined the saffron brigade in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a grand rally in West Midnapore last week.

With more and more political turncoats joining the state BJP from other parties, including Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the situation has turned into a veritable mishmash with seeds of discontent arising within the party.

The BJP has also clipped the wings of both Basu and Paul for their random media bytes to TV channels which constituted derogatory and anti-party statements reflecting severe anti-organisation sentiments. Some of their remarks went directly against certain decisions taken by the party, BJP sources said.

Both Basu and Paul, however, refused to comment on the issue dubbing it an internal matter of the BJP. Sources said that Basu reportedly apologised for his comments and sent a written reply to the party leadership in Delhi. BJP state unit President Dilip Ghosh said: “Their statements to the media are against the discipline of the party and they have been cautioned for that.”

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