BJP Banks On Shah, Forms Team Bangla To Revive Fortunes In Bengal

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By: Joymala Bagchi
Updated: 31 May, 2022 4:02 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a bid to revive its sagging fortune in Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned to Union home minister Amit Shah, known for his political acumen, as the party formed Team Bangla to restore the lost ground in the politically important state.

Eyeing the 2024 general election, ‘Team Bangla’ sets an aim to strengthen BJP, which appeared to have lost the plot after the state assembly elections in 2021.

According to BJP sources other than Shah, Team Bengal has five top brass national party leaders who will travel to the state at regular intervals to understand the situation. Later, the number of members might be increased by accessing the ongoing circumstances and work.

Divided among five, each of the members has been assigned the responsibility to look after one zone.

‘Team Bengla’ will soon begin its work after the party’s national president JP Nadda’s scheduled visit on June 7 for a meeting with the party workers.

The move came after the state BJP sent a report on the organisational situation of the party in the state to the central leadership. In recent times, BJP had suffered reverses as many top politicians, who had joined the party ahead of the Bengal elections, had returned to TMC in the past few months.

Despite the BJP bringing in their heavyweights to revive the party in the state, the rule of Trinamool Congress seemed unperturbed.

Speaking to The New Indian, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, MP, Trinamool Congress said, “Bengal BJP do not have anybody. Whom will they train? They bought 2 lakh people from outside Bengal who created unrest during last year’s assembly election. They are finding it hard to arrange party members for 50 per cent booths. If they want to train their leaders, that is the party’s internal matter.”

TMC has already started projecting West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee for a pan India role as they launched the ‘India wants Mamata Di’ campaign recently.

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