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Adhir Chowdhury is welcome to join BJP, says Dilip Ghosh

The BJP state president was reacting to Adhir Chowdhury’s statement a day ago that he will not accept a situation where Trinamool Congress supporters keep attacking Congress workers in Bengal while the two parties tie up in Delhi.

kolkata Updated: May 17, 2017 16:35 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times
Dilip Ghosh,BJP,Adhir Chowdhury
Adhir Chowdhury is a staunch opponent of Mamata Banerjee and recently wrote to Sonia Gandhi cautioning her against any understanding with the Trinamool Congress chief.(HT Photo)

“If Bengal PCC president Adhir Chowdhury wants to join the BJP, we will accept him gladly,” BJP state president and Kharagpur MLA Dilip Ghosh said on Wednesday.

The statement -- an apparent move by the BJP to ridicule the Congress -- came a day after Chowdhury said that his party would have no tie-up with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, as long as he remained the state president. Chowdhury was speaking in reference to chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Tuesday over election of the next President.

“I do not accept a situation where Trinamool supporters will assault Congress workers in Bengal and forge alliance with us in Delhi. As long as I am the state president there will be no understanding with Trinamool Congress in the Bengal,” Chowdhury told the media.

Chowdhury even urged the Congress president to keep the condition of Congress workers in Bengal in mind before holding any political dialogue with Trinamool Congress . “I urge the Congress high command to keep the political situation in Bengal in mind before discussing anything with Trinamool Congress,” he said. Last week, he had even wrote to Sonia Gandhi, informing her about attacks on Congress workers.

On Wednesday, Dilip Ghosh did not miss the opportunity. “He (Adhir) is a leader of a big stature. He is an experienced politician and not a state-level leader. I have not talked to him but I have talked to several Congress leaders and they said that they are willing to join us,” Ghosh said in Kharagpur.

“We believe in having a broad mind and door of our party is big and always open. We don’t have too many rooms in our office so that one can be provided to him. But if Adhir Chowdhury wants to join the BJP we will accept him gladly,” said Ghosh.

Ghosh came to Kharagpur on Wednesday to meet railway officials and discuss some projects.

First Published: May 17, 2017 16:35 IST