Can Bengal BJP swallow Nadda’s prescription for revival of state unity?
By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Kolkata, Jun 12 (SocialNews.XYZ) During his two-day tour of West Bengal last week, BJP National Chairman JP Nadda made a number of suggestions to state party leaders to stretch the hand to the people in more depth. bearing in mind the panchayat elections in 2023 and more importantly the Lok Sabha polls in 2024.
Political observers believe that Nadda’s suggestions, which are extremely logical in the current political outlook of West Bengal, will be difficult proposals for state leaders to implement unless they act in a more structured way. and united, allowing “suspect” elements to be weeded out. automatically from the organizational configuration.
Nadda’s most important suggestion was that the BJP state leaders should refrain from making separate state demands for West Bengal, especially a separate state demand for North Bengal, because such demands often prove counterproductive for the party in other parts of the state.
Expert on North Bengal and North East India, Nirmalya Banerjee believes that, as logical as Nadda’s suggestion is, it is still doubtful that all BJP leaders, especially those in North Bengal, would follow it. in his true spirit.
“During the 2019 elections in Lok Sabha, there was an overall wave in favor of the BJP dispersed in North and South Bengal. It is since then that demands for a separate state for North Bengal have started to come from various BJP leaders in North Bengal, especially Lok Sabha party members John Barla and Jayanta Roy from Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri constituencies respectively,” Banerjee pointed out.
He added that in the 2021 National Assembly elections, the BJP wave remained almost untouched in North Bengal, especially in the hills and Terai-Dooars regions, while it failed considerably in d other pockets of the state.
“Now, after keeping the tide intact in North Bengal in 2021, elected BJP Lok Sabha members and North Bengal MPs have more aggressively pushed forward their demands for a separate state, which has often embarrassed the party leadership elsewhere in the state. Now here the bigger question is whether these North Bengal leaders will follow Nadda’s suggestion or continue with their demands for separate statehood?” Banerjee interrogates.
The second suggestion that the BJP national chairman gave to the leaders of the state party was that the latter should develop mass movements in the state keeping in mind the imperatives of the state and not replicating the BJP strategies in other states.
According to political analyst Rajagopal Dhar Chakraborty, BJP moves on any state issue have always had a subtle Hindu cover.
“BJP leaders in West Bengal had hardly been as active in the streets on other state-related issues as they had been on the issue of a series of communal riots in West Bengal. like the Basirhat-Baduria riots in 2017 and the Asansol riots in 2018. The BJP leaders probably thought that a campaign on these religious issues would give them positive long-term results, as has happened in many other states but this has not really happened as evidenced by the results of the West Bengal Assembly polls of 2021. So Nadda rightly advised the state leadership to organize movements of mass on state-specific issues. At the same time, I personally believe that the BJP leadership should come up with popular Bengal-specific slogans to get out of their overreliance on slogans like “Ek hi Nara”. hey hello naam, Jai Sri Ram Jai Sri Ram,” he said.
Nadda’s third suggestion was that the BJP state leadership end its over-reliance on the center, whether to resolve factional infighting or resist attacks by ruling Trinamool Congress activists.
A BJP state leader told IANS on condition of anonymity that the party’s national chairman seemed quite unhappy that different faction leaders regularly approached the party high command with complaints against rival faction leaders. . “The message from our National President was clear that we will have to fight our own battles locally in the state and no one outside will win the battle for us. It was a message clear enough that we had to overcome our own differences through mutual discussions between us without involving the party high command. The message was also clear that we should come up with our own state-specific strategies instead of always asking the high command to do it for us,” said said the member of the State Committee.