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Suspended from party, Jaiprakash Majumdar attacks BJP's central leadership

India Today logo India Today 25-01-2022 Rittick Mondal

The din in the Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party reached Delhi on Tuesday as the suspended leader Jaiprakash Majumdar attacked the party's central leadership in a press conference in Kolkata.

Majumdar, a veteran of the saffron party, accused that the leaders in the central leadership of ignoring the core issues and deserting the workers in time of need.

"During the Bengal poll, I was given the task of communicating the pulse of the state to the central leadership. However, some central leaders were trying to put down the Bengal brigade of the party. I told them it was not right," Majumdar told media on Tuesday.

Jaiprakash Majumdar, who was suspended from the BJP on Monday for violating the party discipline, claimed that Delhi leaders abandoned party workers during the post-poll violence.

"Everyone knows what happened right after the election results were declared. After 12 PM on May 2 [2021], Delhi leaders were desperately looking for returned tickets to Delhi. Meanwhile, many BJP workers were being attacked across Bengal and no prominent leader was there to stand beside them," Majumdar said.

The miffed leader said that even though several BJP leaders claim that they have risen from the ABVP movement, none of them stood up for student issues in Bengal, such as reopening of schools.

He also highlighted that there were fresh faces in BJP offices in at least 32 districts. "No one knows any of them. And I wonder how come not a single minority member has been picked," Majumdar pointed out.

Ritesh Tiwari, who was also suspended with Majumdar on Monday, questioned the suspension. "We were issued a show cause notice by the disciplinary committee of state BJP. But as per we know, all committees have been dissolved," he said.

Majumdar told media that even though he has been served a show cause notice by the party, they have not been told the reason for the same.

"I was informed on January 23 that we have been issued show cause notice. But the notice did not mention the allegations. I want to ask, who violated the party decorum. I didn't make any anti-party remarks.

Was my only fault was to stand beside a rebel central minister [Santanu Thakhur) during a press conference, I wonder," Majumdar said.

Ritesh Tiwari and Jaiprakash Majumdar were suspended by the Bengal BJP on Monday.

A statement issued by the West Bengal BJP unit said Tiwari and Majumdar have been suspended till the party's disciplinary committee completes its investigation under instructions of BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar.

Reacting to his suspension, an infuriated Tiwari told a news channel that "a coterie of leaders" who had joined BJP in recent times are acting as "agents of TMC" and are harming its interests.

The two senior BJP leaders, who were dropped from the reconstituted office bearers committee last year, were on Sunday issued a show-cause notice by the state unit.

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