Several names, especially from Bengal, have been included in a new NEC committee announced under the leadership of BJP national president JP Nadda. Mithun Chakraborty, Anirban Ganguly, Roopa Ganguly, newly appointed president Sukanto Majumdar and others are included in this list. But one name that caught everyone’s attention was that of a former minister. Mamata Banerjee Govt. Rajiv Banerjee.
Ahead of the 2021 assembly elections in Bengal, Rajiv had jumped from TMC to BJP and contested on a BJP ticket from his constituency Domjur in the recently concluded elections, where he lost the election.
Since then, in several of his public posts on social media, Rajiv has expressed his reservations about staying in the BJP and has consistently praised the leadership of the TMC, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee has often expressed her desire to return to her party, the TMC, except for the fact that so far the TMC has not given any direct indication and many people in the TMC ranks have objected to her return home.
But why Rajiv Banerjee has been given a place in the national executive is a question that is not only being asked by the media at large, but it is a question that is haunting the BJP state leadership in Bengal.
A BJP MP from Bengal, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN News 18, “Some of our leaders in Delhi think Rajiv is a big deal, but they fail to understand that he is a BJP leader for a long time. Will not be together and it is some time before he will go back to TMC.”
Another senior party functionary of Bengal BJP tells CNN News18, “It will soon be an embarrassment as Rajiv will not be with the BJP and will soon move to the TMC… This is in a way to dilute the gravity of the situation. NEC”
Despite our efforts to reach out to Rajiv Banerjee on the matter, he did not respond to our queries on the issue.
Among the many tweets and social media posts that Rajiv Banerjee has put out include a recent tweet in which he has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for her landslide victory in the recently concluded Bhawanipur by-election.
From PM Narendra Modi to veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, there are names in the list of 80-member national executive.
Apart from 80 regular members, the executive committee will have 50 special invitees and 179 permanent invitees.