Srabanti Chatterjee leaves BJP

Srabanti Chatterjee

Srabanti Chatterjee leaves BJP

Srabanti Chatterjee “severes ties” with BJP, the political party she joined 8 months ago. Srabanti Chatterjee joined BJP during the last assembly elections. 

She contested the highly heated chief ministerial elections on the BJP ticket contesting from the Behala Paschim seat. 

On Tuesday, she tweeted expressing discontent with the party. She was unsatisfied with how the party was handling the Bengal campaign. 

“Severing all ties with the BJP, the party for which I fought the last state elections.Reason being their lack of initiative and sincerity to further the cause of Bengal…” tweeted Srabanti to her 1.4 million twitter followers. 

However, Srabanti Chatterjee still has not formally resigned from the party. 

Srabanti Chatterjee joined BJP on 1st March, 2021 in the presence of party seniors like Kailash Vijayvargiya and Dilip Ghosh. 

Kailash Vijayvargiya was the BJP head for the assembly elections that took place in March-April this year. The results were announced on 2nd of May. While, Dilip Ghosh is the state BJP chief.

Dilip Ghosh has often made controversial statements. Recently, his convoy was attacked in West Bengal. However, no harm was caused to anyone even though guns were pulled out by the bodyguards of the politician.

Srabanti, along with other Bengali film industry actors faced criticism when they all joined Madan Mitra, leader of their opposition TMC, in a nouka bihar (boat journey).

Srabanti Chatterjee lost the election to the legislative assembly. Former Meghalaya Governor and prominent BJP leader Tathagatha Roy blasted at the actress and others for losing the elections. He called them all as “nogorer noti”.

A top Bengal BJP leader said that “actor-turned-politicians” such as Srabanti Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar, Tanushree Chakraborty, and Yash Dasgupta – all of who unsuccessfully contested the polls – had not been seen at any BJP programme in recent months. Two other actors from Bengali television and cinema, Rupa Bhattacharjee and Anindya Banerjee, declared in August that they had severed ties with the BJP. Several other popular actors have also started distancing themselves from the BJP, party leaders said.

This statement might not have any political implications, but it does show a side of BJP which might be concerning for people who join them in the future. The BJP is infamous for only supporting the people who follow its ideology, which stems from RSS.

RSS is a right wing hindu nationalistic group. RSS is the unofficial head of BJP. The newcomers in BJP are treated with suspicion obviously. But they also have to work harder to set their ground.

The lambasting received by the descendents of BJP is going to bump into their future in West Bengal, where they have made serious growth in past 5 years. The party grew from single digits to almost 75 seats.

Bollywood singer-turned politician Babul Supriyo, who won the Asansol Lok Sabha seat twice and served as Union minister of state, also quit the BJP last month and switched over to the Trinamool.

He is one of the many instances where BJP supporters or cadres have moved to Trinamool Congress after TMC got a spectacular win, winning more than half of all the seats. The TMC outperformed itself from its past win in 2016.

Before the elections, in which the BJP secured only 77 of the state’s 294 assembly seats, more than a dozen television and cinema actors with no political background joined the saffron camp. However, with the overwhelming victory of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the state elections, the BJP started running out of its celebrity faces as the host of actors, who joined the party prior to the March-April assembly polls, began either lying low or quit right away.

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