The BJP unit of West Bengal had seen party leader Amit Shah's advise has gone in the air after witnessing a pile of resignations in one go. When Amit Shah has advised strengthening the party to take on Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the development of resignations had stirred a furore with the saffron camp. The unprecedented level of quitting has drawn national attention even the party leaders denying the claims of a political crisis in the state unit.
According to reports, days after BJP MP Arjun Singh had rejoined the Trinamool Congress, at least 20 BJP leaders in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district have resigned from their respective party posts. They had accused the district leadership of taking money in lieu of inducting members into a local panel. BJP's Jalpaiguri district secretary Amal Roy, who is among the league of dissenting leaders, had cited that those who had worked hard for the party are being sidelined.
He said that the cadres who worked hard for the party and fled their homes due to the post-poll violence in the state didn't get a place in the newly formed Maynaguri South Mondal committee. Roy has further alleged that the posts of the local panel have been handed out in lieu of money to those who were inducted into the party recently. He said that the dissented leaders had tendered their resignations to the district chief.
The reports say that weeks earlier, BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had strongly advised the BJP West Bengal unit to work towards strengthening the party to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress. However, the latest drama of resignations had gone against his advise and spurred a furore and have led to a major setback.
The resignations had happened in Jalpaiguri, which is a stronghold of the BJP as the party had won four of seven constituencies in the district in the last assembly polls. The resignations have come days after Arjun Singh had joined Mamata's party. Singh had joined TMC on May 22 and he has been a prominent political figure in the state. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he had joined the BJP and won from the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal.
As the BJP has been witnessing the exit of several leaders in recent times, the party has said it will look into the matter. BJP's state unit spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya had denied the allegation of members being inducted into the local committee in lieu of money but admitted that there are differences of opinion in the organization. He further said that the party would sort out the problem soon.