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Mamata Banerjee is installing Ex-Maoist in TMC to counter BJP : Dilip Ghosh

To counter the growing presence of the BJP, the TMC is installing former Maoist leaders and cadres in the party, said Ghosh

Siliguri: After Trinamool Congress leadership expressed willingness to install Chhatradhar Mahato to the party, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday charged the ruling party with trying to revive its “dwindling fortunes” in Junglemahal area by taking in former Maoist cadres.

Mahato, a former leader of Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was in limelight during the Lalgarh movement in the tribal-dominated Junglemahal area at the fag end of the erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left Front government in the state.

“Mamata Banerjee is afraid of the growing base of the BJP across West Bengal. Earlier, she is used to saying Junglemahal is smiling and suddenly stopped commenting after a complete whitewash in the last Lok Sabha polls in Junglemahal,” Ghosh said while addressing a pro-CAA rally in Jalpaiguri district.

To counter the growing presence of the BJP, the TMC is installing former Maoist leaders and cadres in the party, said Ghosh.

He added, “I want to make everything very clear that neither Maoists nor the TMC would be able to stop the BJP in West Bengal,”.

Chhatradhar Mahato was set free at the beginning of this month by the TMC government following a reduction in his life term to 10 years by Calcutta High Court for his good behavior.

There are speculations made over the past few months that Mahato is likely to join the TMC once he is set free. Partha Chatterjee, TMC secretary-general on Tuesday said he will be glad if Mahato joins the party.

Mahato had refused to speak anything on his joining to TMC. If Mahato adds to TMC  could change the political scenario in West Bengal’s tribal Jangalmahal area which comprises the tribal districts of Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura, and Purulia.

The BJP has made deep inroads there from the past two years and bagged all the seven seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

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