West Bengal BJP leader Rajib Banerjee  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- West Bengal BJP leaders have been clamouring for imposition of Section 356 in the state
- Many TMC turncoats have expressed their willingness to rejoin TMC
- Rajib Banerjee had quit the Trinamool Congress in January 2021
Kolkata: Rajib Banerjee, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, on Tuesday warned his new party members over a social media post that “people will not take kindly to threats of President’s rule” against The Trinamool Congress government which has been elected with a huge mandate.
BJP had fielded the TMC turncoat from Domjur Assembly seat in Howrah district in the recently concluded polls, however, Banerjee failed to win it.
Amid murmurs over many former TMC leaders who had joined the saffron unit ahead of the elections are planning to return back to the Trinamool fold, Banerjee on Tuesday skipped the state BJP leadership meeting over post-poll violence.
Banerjee pined that everyone should rise above politics and help people who have been affected by Cyclone Yaas and COVID-19.
“People will not take kindly to it if, for the sake of opposing a government elected with huge popular support, threats of Delhi and Article 356 (President’s rule) are used at the drop of a hat.
“We should rise above politics and stand by the people of Bengal, who have been devastated by COVID and Yaas,” Banerjee, who failed to bag the Domjur seat in Howrah district, tweeted.
Banerjee’s statement comes as many Bengal BJP leaders are demanding imposition of Section 356 in the state alleging that the post-poll violence which led to the killing of many saffron workers was orchestrated by the Trinamool.
After attending the party’s functionaries on post-poll violence in West Bengal, West Bengal BJP president said, “nearly 33 of our workers have been killed after the new government was sworn-in.”
Several TMC turncoats, including former MLAs Sonali Guha and Dipendu Biswas, have expressed their willingness to rejoin the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool.