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With new chief, BJP makes waves with major stirs in Bengal

Four national leaders injured in police caning, hundreds of workers and leaders arrested, tear gas shells and alleged warning shots — scarcely has Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agitations attracted such vigour and energy in West Bengal as it did in the past 10 days when Dilip Ghosh, former Sangh Pracharak, was appointed the state president of the party.

kolkata Updated: Dec 23, 2015 13:03 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya
BJP workers confront the police at Esplanade on Tuesday.
BJP workers confront the police at Esplanade on Tuesday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT photo)

Four national leaders injured in police caning, hundreds of workers and leaders arrested, tear gas shells and alleged warning shots — scarcely has Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agitations attracted such vigour and energy in West Bengal as it did in the past 10 days when Dilip Ghosh, former Sangh Pracharak, was appointed the state president of the party.

According to party sources, the renewed energy on display in the streets has much to do with the Sangh that has now thrown its might behind the party after placing its men in key positions.

Ghosh, 51, has a difficult task cut out for him.

The party has very little time in hand to regain the momentum it had generated in the 2014 Lok Sabha general elections when it garnered 16.8% of the votes, a historic high in the state.

“When was the last time you saw BJP hitting the streets in such a mood in Bengal and four central leaders being lathicharged and injured?” asked the new state president former Sangh Pracharak Dilip Ghosh.

“Our aim is to be a credible and vigourous opposition in the state first. Then we will be in the position to challenge the ruling party,” added Ghosh.

According to sources in the party, the resurgence plan was chalked out about three to four months ago, when leaders with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh background in the state Bharatiya Janata Party were playing a major role.

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According to party sources, the renewed energy on display has much to do with RSS that has now thrown its might behind the party after placing its men in key positions.

The party has very little time in hand to regain themomentum it had generated in the 2014 Lok Sabha general elections when it garnered 16.8% of the votes, a historic high in the state.

According to party sources, the resurgence plan was chalked out about three to four months ago, when leaders with RSS background in the state Bharatiya Janata Party were playing a major role.