Kunal Ghosh, Now Ex Trinamool Leader, On Why Its A 'BJP vs BJP Contest In North Kolkata'

Kunal Ghosh claimed in North Kolkata, the contest is between BJP and BJP as "Sudip Bandopadhyay is hand-in-glove with the saffron camp". "Across West Bengal, TMC is fighting against the BJP in 41 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. But in North Kolkata, it is BJP versus BJP as Sudip Bandopadhyay is hand-in-glove with the saffron camp," he said, according to PTI.
Kunal Ghosh.

Kunal Ghosh was state general secretary and spokesperson in Trinamool Congress. (File photo)

Kolkata: Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh, who quit from the Mamata Banerjee-led party on Friday, has accused the old guard of the party of having secret talks with the BJP. Kunal Ghosh was the spokesperson and state general secretary of the Trinamool Congress.
"I don't want to stay in the post of state general secretary and spokesperson. I am a misfit in the system. I am unable to continue like this. I am a soldier of the party and will continue to work for the party. Please stop this rumour that I am planning to join another party," he posted in X.
Speaking to a Bengali news channel after resigning from the party, he said some leaders treat the party as their personal fiefdoms and named Trinamool leaders like Sudip Bandopadhyay of acting like "a BJP leader than a TMC MP."
"He is behaving like another Shajahan Sheikh. He is soft towards the BJP because of corruption cases, which are being probed by the BJP," he said.
A former TMC leader, Shajahan Sheikh is one of the key accused in the Sandeshkhali case. He was arrested by the police recently.
Kunal Ghosh claimed in North Kolkata, the contest is between BJP and BJP as "Sudip Bandopadhyay is hand-in-glove with the saffron camp".
"Across West Bengal, TMC is fighting against the BJP in 41 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. But in North Kolkata, it is BJP versus BJP as Sudip Bandopadhyay is hand-in-glove with the saffron camp," he said, according to PTI.
Sudip Bandopadhyay, who is a Member of Parliament from Kolkata Uttar, was unavailable for comment.
Last year, Ghosh, considered close to Abhishek, had said that the old guard needs to know when to step aside for the next generation.
Following this, Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee herself cracked the whip and issued a stern warning instructing party leaders to abstain from publicly discussing differences, emphasising that any violation may lead to disciplinary action.
The controversy erupted in November when Banerjee advocated for respecting senior members and dismissed the notion that old leaders should retire from active politics.
TMC national general secretary and Banerjee's nephew, Abhishek, endorsed a retirement age in politics and cited a decline in work efficiency and productivity with advancing age.
The party appears divided on the issue, with senior leaders not willing to embrace the maximum age limit theory proposed by Abhishek, and the youth brigade seeking more space in the party.
This ongoing controversy recalls a two-year-old internal struggle within the TMC between the old guard and the younger faction.
In January 2022, amidst rumours of an alleged power struggle, Mamata Banerjee dissolved all national office-bearer committees, including the post of National General Secretary held by her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Subsequently, a new committee was formed, and Abhishek was reinstated as the party's National General Secretary.
Since then, Abhishek has not only gained prominence within the party, but is also considered the de facto number two in the state's ruling dispensation.
With inputs from PTI
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