21 June, 2021

A Scrimmage Amongst Challengers

Scandal and discontent consume BJP’s Bengal unit

BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose
A Scrimmage Amongst Challengers

A series of tweets last month by Chandra Kumar Bose, the vice president of the BJP’s West Bengal unit, laid bare the deep chasm within the party in a state it is desperate to win. “What is the party President @BJP4Bengal doing? Is he sleeping?” Bose wrote in the micro blogging site, accusing Dilip Ghosh, the state unit president, of not doing enough to bail out an arrested youth leader. “He (Ghosh) doesn’t hesitate to use abusive language against our opponents, which is having a detrimental effect on the electorate,” Bose wrote.

The Twitter storm was the latest in a ser­ies of incidents which appears to have put the BJP on the back foot and dented its efforts to beat the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in next year’s Lok Sabha elections and assembly polls. For a party which has vowed to give a “fresh perspective on what good governance is all about” if it’s voted to power, the rot seems to run very deep, as it is rocked by one scandal after another that ranges from factional squabbling to...

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