BJP MP John Barla on Wednesday once again raised the controversial demand for a separate union territory comprising the districts of North Bengal. However, his party has cautioned him against such statements. The Alipurduar MP alleged that people who voted for the BJP were being denied 100 days of work under the ration and employment guarantee scheme.
To avoid such atrocities, Barla said, ‘I have demanded to declare North Bengal as a Union Territory. I will take up this matter with Delhi (leadership),” he said at his Laxmipara tea garden residence in Jalpaiguri.
Many BJP leaders went to TMC
In a setback to the BJP, party’s Alipurduar district president Ganga Prasad Sharma along with seven other local BJP leaders joined the Trinamool Congress on Monday. Barla claimed that nine members of Kumargram panchayat and one Zilla Parishad member from Alipurduar along with their family members have taken shelter at his residence after pressure to quit BJP and join Trinamool. The Trinamool’s district leadership denied the allegation, saying it did not need to induct BJP people into the ruling party to win the recent assembly elections with a thumping majority.
Everyone should follow party line: Dilip Ghosh
On Barla’s repeated demands to declare North Bengal as a separate union territory, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “everyone should follow the party line”. Along with this, he said that there is a place in the party for personal opinion.
BJP adopting dual policy: Kunal Ghosh
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh accused the BJP of adopting a dual policy and said the saffron party was trying to create unrest in the state. “It is not clear whether BJP wants these leaders to stop making such statements or continue their sharp statements on dividing West Bengal,” he said.