- Prabhakar Mani Tiwari
- From Kolkata, to PRESS24 NEWS Hindi
Are most of the leaders who went from TMC to BJP before the elections, are now going to return home? So far, at least four leaders, including former assembly speaker Sonali Guha, have publicly apologized to Mamata Banerjee and appealed to give her a chance to serve the party again.
But TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh has claimed that ten BJP MLAs and three MPs are in touch with TMC. Particularly after Mukul Roy’s alleged displeasure with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to him, the period of speculation in Bengal politics has suddenly intensified.
The saying that repeats itself in history is old. But in the politics of West Bengal, this history would repeat itself so soon, hardly anyone could have imagined it. Before the assembly elections, there was a competition to move from TMC to BJP. Almost every day some leader was joining BJP.
From Amit Shah’s rally to Delhi by chartered plane, people were taking membership of the party at the BJP headquarters. Now after the election results, such leaders are in efforts to come back.
Till the rest of the leaders, it was fine. But now after the speculation that Mukul Rai’s name will also be included in this list, the central leaders of the party have started saving their clan.
By the way, the issue of Mukul Rai’s homecoming had cropped up soon after the election results. Then Mukul had to clarify through a tweet that he was, is and will be in BJP. BJP President JP Nadda also praised Mukul while retweeting his tweet.
But the speculation of his return home suddenly got a boost on Wednesday when Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee reached the hospital to see the corona infected wife of Mukul Rai.
What is Mukul’s complaint?
Both Mukul and his wife got corona infected. Mukul recovered but his wife Krishna Rai has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata since last month. But no BJP leader in the state or at the center had taken his good news. Mukul is said to be very angry with this. He had also mentioned this to his close friends.
After that, after Abhishek suddenly reached the hospital and met Mukul’s son Shubhranshu Rai there, the activity in the BJP increased. State President Dilip Ghosh reached the hospital in advance on the same day and the next day Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah also called Mukul and inquired about the well being of his wife.
Shubhranshu told reporters, “It is normal for party leaders to come to the hospital or make phone calls. But being in the opposition, Abhishek has set an example by coming here. He has known my mother since childhood and called her ‘kaki maa’ i.e. aunty. Huh.” Are you planning to return to TMC? On this question, he said, “First the mother should get healthy. After that these issues will be considered. Politics goes on.”
Political observers say that the hopes with which Mukul Roy had joined the BJP were not fulfilled. At first, the state leadership did not give him special attention. After that the matter of selection of the leader of opposition came, in his place, Shubhendu Adhikari, who recently joined the party, was placed on this post. For an experienced leader like Mukul, it was kind of an insult.
This is the reason why he has almost cut himself out of politics after the elections. After taking oath as an MLA, he has not been seen in public in any program. However, a BJP leader says on the condition of anonymity, “Mukul da Corona was infected. Due to illness of his and wife, he is isolated from active politics these days.”
So far, the BJP leaders who have expressed their desire to return to TMC include Sonali Guha, Sarla Murmu and Deependu Biswas, besides many names. Amol Acharya, who was the MLA of Uttar Dinajpur, has broken ties with the BJP in protest against the arrest of TMC leaders at the hands of the CBI. He also wants to return to TMC.
TMC spokesperson claims
Former minister Rajiv Banerjee, who lost by contesting on a BJP ticket in Domjur of Howrah district, is also missing from the political scene after the election. He has not been seen in any BJP meeting or program. A TMC leader says, “Rajeev has also pleaded for his return.”
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh says, “Many leaders who have gone to the BJP have expressed their desire to return home. At least 10 BJP MLAs and three-four MPs also want to join the TMC. But no decision has been taken on this as of now.” has been taken.”
Actually, a faction of TMC is against the re-inclusion of such leaders in the party. His question is that if the performance of BJP had been better, would such leaders return to TMC?
A senior TMC leader says, “Those who betrayed the BJP before the elections should not be taken back into the party.”
But experts say that this issue can be considered in the important meeting of TMC on Saturday. If not immediately, such leaders may return after a few months.
What is BJP saying?
No BJP leader has commented on Mukul Roy’s case. BJP Bengal affairs in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya neither picked up the phone nor gave any answer. This report will be updated after receiving their comments.
But state BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya told NDTV this week, “There was an impression that TMC would be out of power and BJP would form the government. Many people joined BJP before the elections and now they are talking of returning.” People are seeing all this. People know why such leaders had come to the party and why they are leaving now.”
BJP’s state spokesperson Ritesh Tiwari says, “Mukul Rai is a senior leader of the party. At present his wife is ill. That’s why other leaders including state president Dilip Ghosh went to the hospital to know about his health. The Prime Minister has also talked to him over the phone. .BJP is a family. As far as speculations are concerned after Abhishek’s hospitalization is concerned, it is politics.”
But many BJP leaders including Sonali Guha have publicly spoken of returning to TMC?
On this question, BJP’s state spokesperson Ritesh Tiwari says, “The answer should be given to those leaders why they had come after all and why are they talking about leaving now. Sonali had also campaigned against Mamta.”
A BJP leader, on the condition of anonymity, says, “The entire election strategy was in the hands of the central leaders. It was their decision to include defectors and give tickets to the party. All the decisions were taken from Delhi. Whatever happened, the role of central leaders was prominent. After the results, the way the central leadership has stopped paying attention to the state organization, many leaders are getting disillusioned. If such people return to TMC, then there will be no surprise. needed.”
Political observer Professor Samiran Pal says, “Neither friendship nor enmity is permanent in politics. In such a situation, some leaders including Mukul Roy may return to TMC. Mukul’s place in TMC is still vacant. He is called Chanakya.
According to Pal, as part of the strategy for the next Lok Sabha elections, if the TMC includes Mukul again in the party, then the BJP is sure to get a setback.
But the question of lakhs of rupees is what will Mukul do?
For now, he has kept his lips sewn. But their silence and their son’s statements are increasing the speculation of father-son’s return home.
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