West Bengal unit president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Dilip Ghosh was on Thursday re-elected as the president for the second consecutive term. Mr. Ghosh has been heading the party since 2015.
With his re-election, Mr. Ghosh, a Lok Sabha MP, is set to lead the BJP during the Assembly polls in Bengal scheduled for 2021.
After being re-elected, Mr. Ghosh addressed party leaders and said the people of the State have already selected the party as an alternative. It is for us to pass the examination. We have to keep in mind that opportunities do not come knocking again and again, Mr. Ghosh said. He added that the fight of the BJP in the country will be complete with an electoral victory in Bengal.
The re-election of Mr. Ghosh as Bengal BJP president was a foregone conclusion as only one nomination was submitted for the post of the State BJP president. Under Mr. Ghoshs leadership in Bengal, the BJP won 18 out of 42 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the partys vote share doubled to 40%. The 54-year-old BJP leader hails from Jhargram in West Bengal and was a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) till he joined the BJP in 2014. He was appointed the BJP State president in December 2015.
While there was speculation that a section of the party was against Mr. Ghoshs leadership style and his controversial comments, the central leadership reposed their full faith in his leadership. Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who criticised Mr. Ghosh for his recent comments on shooting outsiders, said that he too repose trust on Mr. Ghosh, who has managed to boost the confidence of party cadres in a relatively short time.
We may have difference of opinion, but it does not mean that I will not congratulate him, Mr. Supriyo said.