Was not into electoral politics earlier than however RSS taught me to serve nation, says Bengal BJP chief
New Delhi/Kolkata: Before 2014 in Bengal’s political circle nobody ever heard his identify. Moreover Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party was additionally not a lot conscious of his identify. But now Bengal BJP has develop into synonymous with this identify, Dilip Ghosh.
Born in Kuliana Village of Paschim Medinipur district Ghosh was an RSS Pracharak from 1984 however has largely stayed and labored out of Bengal. He was near veteran RSS chief KS Sudarshan and served because the RSS in control of Andaman throughout 1999-2007.
With a slight Hindi accent, Ghosh’s uncooked language (at instances unfiltered) and picture within the Bengal’s political enviornment of “Bhodrolok” (gents) was just a little misfit. But in 2014 RSS despatched Ghosh to affix the Bengal BJP and gave the duty of the enlargement of the celebration.
“I was not into electoral politics for sure but I have witnessed politics very closely. RSS taught me to serve the nation, earlier I was serving as a pracharak and now as a politician. Politics to me and us is serving the nation and holy work,” says Ghosh.
How RSS helped BJP by inducting Dilip Ghosh in Bengal’s politics
As quickly as he joined the BJP, Ghosh was made common secretary of the celebration. In the e book, Mission Bengal writer and journalist Snigdhendu Bhattacharya writes, “The appointment was made on 11 December 2015. The very next day, 12 December, Ghosh was felicitated at Keshav Bhavan by Atul Kumar Biswas and Keshob-ji–Keshav Rao Dikshit–the senior-most RSS pracharak in West Bengal, in the presence of Subrato Chattopadhyay, another pracharak, who had been deputed to the state BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”
Ghosh believes that after Narendra Modi grew to become the prime minister, the BJP geared toward enlargement of the celebration at each state and West Bengal was in focus as a result of the situation of the organisation was not in a fine condition.
“The BJP under Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah is a very strong political force. The party leadership thought that I might be of help and that is why brought me to Bengal. In the last few years I have been working relentlessly and with the blessings of people today we are the number one political party in Bengal,” says Ghosh.
Expansion of BJP in Bengal and Mission 2021
Ghosh was assigned with the important thing activity of the enlargement of the celebration in Bengal. Before he grew to become the president of the Bengal BJP, Rahul Sinha was the longest-serving BJP president of Bengal. However, he was not an RSS man and a bit of political analysts imagine that the RSS needed to present the enlargement work of the celebration to an RSS pracharak, due to this fact, Ghosh got here into the image.
One of the important thing achievements of Ghosh is taken into account as bringing the right-hand man of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy. Under the Ghosh-Roy duo, the BJP began increasing in Bengal. At the grassroots degree and on the prime degree many TMC and Left leaders additionally joined the BJP.
As a consequence, the BJP gained 18 out 42 seats within the 2019 Lok Sabha election, with the very best ever vote share. Now the BJP has Mission 2021 by which they wish to rule Bengal.
“You cannot run the party with limited people. We have built our credibility in Bengal and today people are trusting us. Mamata Banerjee has devastated Bengal with cut money and corruption. We will change this. Looking at the work of Prime Minister Modi, leaders from across the spectrum who really wanted to work for the people have joined our party. Everyone is welcome this is the only way to grow a political party. In 2021 we will win the election with over 200 seats,” says Ghosh.
How BJP is wooing the Matua voters
Among the important thing methods of BJP to win Bengal has been wooing the Matua voter base. The Matuas are a backward caste neighborhood that initially got here from Bangladesh. Matua is a sect and Matua Mahasngh was established by Harichand Thakur which empowered a big part of the Namashudra neighborhood. Namashudras are Dalits who had been earlier often known as Chandal.
The Matuas dominate in round 30 Assembly seats of Bengal the place the BJP has achieved fairly nicely in Lok Sabha. Earlier the Matuas had been a powerful vote base of the TMC however then it’s shifting to the BJP.
The BJP is promising citizenship to the Matuas by way of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which is taken into account as the important thing issue of getting Matua assist.
Significantly the Matua motion which passed off among the many Namasudras underneath Harichand Thakur was anti-Brahminical. However, with the absence of the hardline of the Matua Mahasangh, the proximity with BJP has advanced.
“There is a wrong idea about RSS and BJP that we are anti-Dalit. But I agree that there has been a distance and that is why we are establishing our credibility within the Matuas and now they have realised that Mamata Banerjee and Left seculars have cheated them. We do not discriminate against people based on religion or caste. We have promised that with the help of CAA after we come to power Matuas will become citizens of India. We have many development projects for them in our mind,” Ghosh explains.
The 70-30 equation of Bengal election
Bengal has round 30 p.c Muslim voters who’ve been regular supporters of Left events earlier however with the change within the authorities, the Muslim vote share shifted to Mamata Banerjee. In this election, although the Left events have shaped an alliance with cleric turned politician Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front, it’s thought of that the Muslim vote share might be with Banerjee.
“I do not believe in such a 70-30 equation. These are all stereotypes in the minds of a section of people. The BJP has won Assam where a large number of Muslims have voted for us. In Bengal also Muslims will vote for the BJP because we are the only alternative,” says Ghosh.
Dilip Ghosh and his controversial remarks
Ghosh is thought for his controversial remarks. Recently he made a controversial remark in opposition to Mamata Banerjee the place Ghosh advised the Bengal chief minister put on Barmuda if she needs to indicate her leg.
“I do not think I have said anything wrong. In Bengal’s culture, our women do not show their legs while wearing saree. It is against our culture and that is why I have suggested what you are saying. As an elected representative of people its is my duty to uphold the culture and tradition of my state,” says Ghosh.
In the politics of Bengal, Ghosh is certainly a charismatic and vibrant chief. From RSS to Bengal BJP chief whether or not his journey will attain the final word objective of ruling Bengal is one thing the time will converse. But it’s undoubtedly true that Ghosh is without doubt one of the only a few leaders who’ve achieved such a giant identify in Bengal politics inside a brief span of eight years.