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It is not necessary for only the acting MLA to become CM when BJP wins in West Bengal: head of state unit Dilip Ghosh | India News


NEW DELHI: Claiming that a “strong undercurrent” for the BJP has surfaced in West Bengal, its state unit chief, Dilip Ghosh, on Tuesday expressed confidence that the party will form the next government in the state, saying that It is not necessary. that only a sitting MLA will become prime minister.
Ghosh, acting MP for Medinipur, said the push “in favor” of the BJP will continue until the last phase.
“After the first phase of the vote only the BJP is confident of their victory, while the TMC and its leaders are frustrated. As the elections progress, the trend set by the BJP in the first phase will gain momentum and with each phase from the survey TMC workers will realize their defeat, “Ghosh told PTI in an interview.
The BJP has introduced four sitting MPs, three from Lok Sabha, including Union Minister Babul Supriyo, and Swapan Dasgupta, who was in Rajya Sabha, in the Assembly elections, but Ghosh is not among them.
Asked whether a sitting MLA will become prime minister if the BJP wins, Ghosh, who in turn is seen as a strong contender, said: “It is up to the party to decide, but it is not necessary for an MLA in functions to become chief minister … when Mamata ji became chief minister, she was not an MLA. ”
Referring to top party leader and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah that the BJP won 26 of the 30 seats that went to the polls in the first phase on March 27, Ghosh said that the people of the state now ” he is not afraid “to cast his vote. freely. Therefore, the “strong undercurrent for BJP has now turned into an overcurrent” and will be reflected in the result, he said.
He said the BJP has worked in areas like Kolkata and its adjacent districts where it was relatively less strong and the result of its hard work would now be visible.
Ghosh, who recently sparked controversy by suggesting that Supreme TMC and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should wear shorts to show off her injured leg instead of wearing a sari, defended her comments, saying Banerjee’s gesture did not it was in accordance with the Bengali culture. .
“She is a West Bengal chief minister and the people of the state expect from her a bit of decency that goes well with the culture and tradition of Bengal, and with the values ​​of a Bengali woman. I found her gesture objectionable and so did the people. of the state, “he said.
Speaking of the BJP ticketing some of its sitting MPs, Ghosh said the party featuring its top leaders shows its sincerity and commitment to the people of the state.
To a question about the BJP motto ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Ghosh said: “It is not simply a chant. It is a motto of the common man in Bengal yearning for change and an expression of anguish against the oppression of TMC.”
Ghosh began his public life as a ‘pracharak’ to the BJP’s RSS ideological mentor. He joined the BJP in 2014 and became general secretary of its West Bengal unit in 2015 and later president of the state unit.
He made his electoral debut in the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections by competing in the Kharagpur Sadar constituency in Paschim Medinipur. He won the elections by defeating Congressman MP Gyan Singh Sohanpal, who had won the seat in the assembly seven times in a row.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a political rally in Kharagpur, praised Ghosh saying that a state president like him is the pride of the party as he had sacrificed so much in his personal life to work for the party.
After winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019, the BJP emerged as a strong rival for the ruling TMC in the current assembly elections.
Elections for the 294-member assembly are being held in eight phases, the first on March 27 and the last on April 29.

Times of India