Ex-babus, industry captains join Bharatiya Janata Party in Bengal

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: Jan 30 2014, 16:34pm hrs
Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra ModiBikram Sarkar, who was a two-time MP from the Trinamool Congress, has also joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reuters
Days ahead of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modis rally in Kolkata, the West Bengal BJP received a shot in the arm as several retired IAS and IPS officers, industry captains and a former Trinamool Congress MP joined the party Wednesday.

Among those who took the membership of the party are former DGP of Bengal Armed Police R K Mohanty, former additional chief secretary Radha Kant Tripathy, former state chief electoral officer S K Magan, former joint director of CBI Sujit Ghosh, retired assistant commissioner, RPF, R N Das and former chief of customs and excise department Bishwajit Dutta.

From the corporate sector, industrialist Sushil Kumar Agarwal, former MD of Tata Group R N Das and former CMD of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Ltd S C Saxena also joined the BJP formally.

Bikram Sarkar, who was a two-time MP from the Trinamool Congress, has also joined the BJP. The day Rahul Sinha took charge as state BJP chief, he came to my place and asked me to join his party. As an MP from 1998 to 2004, I had realised that to maintain unity and integrity in the country, either the BJP or the Congress should form government with absolute majority, he said in reply to a query on what prompted him to join the saffron party.

Meanwhile, Sinha said retired IPS officer R K Handa, known for his service during the Gorkhaland agitation in the late 80s, was also to join the BJP but could not make it to the function owing to personal reasons.

The Modi wave is now transforming into a tsunami. These people had occupied important offices. Their joining the BJP would boost the morale of the cadres and give a fillip to the party in the state, Sinha said.

He claimed that the Muslim community too has shaken off its inhibition and its members are joining the BJP. Muslims from almost all the villages of the state have found employment in Gujarat and have returned to tell their fellow villagers about how peacefully they stayed there and worked. People are resting their faith in Modi, Sinha claimed.

He said the online registration for seats during Modis rally, to be held at Brigade Parade Ground on February 5, had already crossed 18,400 mark.

He said from February 1, party supporters would sport Modi masks at the Kolkata Book Fair to raise awareness about the rally.