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BJP workers returning to the grassroots were sprayed with sanitizer in Birbhum, Bengal.

Highlights

  • BJP workers are trying to get their old party back to the grassroots
  • The switch back was easy for Mukul Roy but not for the soldiers on other legs
  • Swapan Dasgupta said China was reminded of the humiliation of the 1930s

Kolkata:

From shaving their heads to drowning them in sanity, it is a literal walk of shame for BJP workers in West Bengal who are trying to get their old party back to the Trinamool Congress after the results of the state elections in May.

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Prior to the 1992 general election, the journey was smooth, according to the choice of top Trinamool Lieutenant Mukul Roy, although it was a completely different experience for many of the party’s ranks.

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Those who are being taken back have been seen through severe tests of obedience and have tried to prostrate to please those forces.

Recently, six BJP workers were shaved while exchanging party flags in Hooghly.

The move was condemned by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, who was able to regain a seat in the upper house of parliament after the failure of the state elections.

He said the humiliation of the people was reminiscent of 1920s China.

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Today, in Barhum district, more than one and a half hundred BJP workers were sprayed well with sanitizer before the Trinamool flag was hoisted.

The local party leader who organized the switchover event said he “wanted to sanitize the BJP bug from among these people”.

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After boldly declaring more than 200 of the 294 seats in West Bengal, the BJP was tied in less than 80 seats by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the March-April elections.

Apart from Mukul Roy, several other grassroots players have since expressed interest in returning to Mamata Banerjee’s team.

Although the Trinamool has been slow and selective in returning the turncoats, Mamata Banerjee jokingly said at Mr Roy’s repatriation ceremony, “More will come.”

Sources said the Trinamool was keen to strike “while the iron is hot” and to isolate the BJP, probably larger than the part left by the Trinamool before the election.

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