The TMC turncoat who’s BJP’s candidate from Mamata Banerjee’s dwelling constituency Bhabanipur additionally alleged that MPs and MLAs within the TMC cannot even spend welfare funds for the event of their areas due to the cut-money enterprise
New Delhi/Kolkata: Clad in an outsized kurta and blue denims a 20-year previous boy alongside together with his pals used to write down political slogans on the partitions of Kolkata with pink ink. Those lanes and bylanes are nonetheless there. Some of these partitions are nonetheless there whereas some have vanished with the urbanisation of Kolkata. But now, it’s a story of a brand new world, and his title is being written on these partitions with saffron color.
From being an lively Left-wing pupil chief from Howrah’s Narasinha Das College to being a detailed confidante of Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, one of many most interesting Bengali theatre and movie actor, Rudranil Ghosh is now a BJP chief. Ghosh is combating the 2021 election from the Bhabanipur constituency the place Banerjee lives and has been elected MLA twice.
“Fighting from Bhabanipur constituency is a big responsibility,” says Ghosh after ending a day-long marketing campaign schedule.
Munching his dinner at half-past midnight, Ghosh says, “I was disillusioned with the Left because they were saying something and doing something else. I was tired and pained to see the hypocrisy. After quitting the Left, I was just observing the political dynamics of Bengal and then the Banerjee-led government came into power. I saw some ray of hope within her, but I was wrong indeed.”
Under the TMC authorities, Ghosh headed the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education and Training, thereafter he was the Commissioner of Right to Public Service.
During the 2014 election, Ghosh was additionally a star campaigner for the TMC.
This time, Banerjee, has left the Bhabanipur constituency for veteran TMC chief Sobhandeb Chattyopadhay, and is combating from the Nandigram constituency in opposition to her former right-hand man Subhendu Adhikari who joined the BJP earlier than the election.
Ghosh says that his standing as a Bengali superstar shouldn’t be the rationale why he was picked as a candidate from the Bhabaniur constiteuncy.
“Bhabanipur constituency has 40 percent Bengali speaking voters and 60 percent non-Bengali speaking voters. I am not a celebrity candidate from this seat because I have only worked on Bengali movies. If the BJP wanted to field a celebrity candidate why would they nominate me from a seat where 60 percent of voters have never watched my movies? They gave this responsibility because the BJP leadership knows that I am a people’s person,” says Ghosh.
Some months in the past when reviews over Ghosh becoming a member of the BJP got here to the sunshine, the TMC hit again saying that the actor-turned-politician was a “shubidhabadi (opportunist)”.
“After quitting Left politics, I was one of the few actors of Bengal who did not join the TMC. I was observing the politics of Mamata Banerjee. If I am an opportunist then I should have had jumped into the TMC car immediately. During my tenure at the West Bengal government, I have repeatedly raised questions against the functioning of the departments. An opportunist should take benefit and never question. So, how can they say that I am an opportunist?” he says.
Accusing the TMC of lower cash, corruption, killings, harassments, and misgovernance to autocracy, Ghosh says that at this time’s Mamata Banerjee is a really completely different individual from the one he used to admire. He alleges that the West Bengal chief minister by no means took actions in opposition to the complaints of corruption.
He additionally alleged that as a result of Banerjee has been defending the corrupt leaders, leaders who need to work for the folks of Bengal are becoming a member of the BJP.
“The so-called heavyweight leader and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could not safeguard her own constituency. During the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the TMC was in Bhabanipur, and BJP was at the top. People of Bhabanipur are tired of the corruption of the TMC and have made up their mind to throw the TMC out of Bengal to make Bengal Shonar Bangla under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah,” he says.
Ghosh alleges that the TMC, the Left and Congress have come collectively to painting the BJP as a communal get together.
“Have you heard Modi in Kolkata talking about Hindu-Muslim? He is talking about Shonar Bangla and the Opposition is defaming the BJP as a communal party. I am learning about their ideology, but I have never heard about any communal statement from my leaders,” says Ghosh.
Slamming the Banerjee-led TMC, Ghosh additionally alleges that the ruling get together doesn’t enable its superstar MLAs and MPs to work. This time additionally the TMC has given tickets to many celebrities similar to the BJP.
“TMC gives tickets to the celebrities to get votes in rural Bengal. Not a single celebrity MLA or MP is allowed to work. They cannot even spend the money of MLA or MP welfare funds for the development of their areas because of the cut-money business. On the other hand, look at the BJP. Babul Supriyo who is a celebrity and also Central Minister is working relentlessly for the people,” he claims.
Fully assured about his victory, Ghosh needs to work within the training sector as he has prior expertise in working the vocational training council. He says that underneath Banerjee’s rule and in addition underneath the 35-year of Left rule, the training sector of Bengal suffered loads. He says that training and producing employment could be the important thing focus of his work.
“We will make Shonar Bangla. Defaming the BJP and killing our supporters will not be accepted by the people of Bengal. Banerjee has cheated the people and today it is the time to give her a befitting response. BJP under the leadership of Modi will work on the development of Bengal. We will create employment, ensure education and good healthcare. That is the Shonar Bangla and not Bangla of cut-money,” he says.
The creator is a fellow on the Delhi Assembly Research Centre and a contract journalist who writes on problems with governance and politics. He might be reached at @sayantan_gh
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the primary 12 months. Use code PRO499. Limited interval provide. *T&C apply