Dilip Ghosh to head state BJP unit for second term
Kolkata/IBNS: BJP leader Dilip Ghosh has been given the charge of the state party unit for the second term amid controversy over his "shoot like dogs" comment.
The decision comes seven months after BJP' s spectacular performance in Lok Sabha elections, in which the party won 18 out of 42 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party had managed just two seats.
Ghosh will continue in the post till 2023.
Ghosh has been embroiled in a controversy over his comments on CAA protesters being shot like dogs in BJP ruled states. While criticising Mamata Banerjee government at a public meeting in West Bengal's Nadia, for not opening fire and ordering a lathi-charge against those who destroyed public property during CAA agitation, he had said, "Mamata Banerjee has no guts to take action against those who had resorted to arson. Those who damaged the public properties must be shot to death like dogs like our governments did in Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka."
However, he said he had not spoken anything without thinking though was criticised by BJP Asansol MLA Babul Supriyo for being "irresponsible" with his words.
Refusing to apologise, Ghosh cited the Congress rule in West Bengal from 1972 to 1977, when Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray had many young men killed on the suspicion of being Naxalite. He said those who cheered Siddhartha Shankar Ray then are now talking of Ahimsa(non-violence).
He also cited the police violence against the Gorkhaland supporters in Darjeeling.
"Mamata raised slogan like 'Jo hamse takrayega chur chur ho jayega' in Darjeeling.
Police firing killed 11 Gorkhas after that. Communists, too, killed six Forward Block members and many refugees at Morirjhapi," he argued.