West Bengal BJP Considers Successor as Sukanta Moves to Delhi

With Sukanta Majumdar moving to Delhi, the West Bengal BJP considers Adhikari, Ghosh, Chatterjee, and Mahato for state chief, possibly appointing an interim leader amid internal disputes.
West Bengal BJP Considers Successor as Sukanta Moves to Delhi

With Sukanta Majumdar transitioning to Delhi as the Minister of State (MoS), the West Bengal BJP faces the urgent task of selecting a new state president. Several prominent names are being considered as potential successors.

Suvendu Adhikari, a key figure in the Nandigram movement and former Trinamool Congress (TMC) heavyweight, is a strong contender. His defection to the BJP before the 2021 Assembly elections and subsequent victory over Mamata Banerjee have strengthened his position within the party. Adhikari's deep-rooted connections and political acumen make him a favorable choice.

Dilip Ghosh, the fiery former state president known for his tough stance against the TMC, is another significant candidate. A section of BJP leaders is advocating for Ghosh's return, highlighting his successful tenure during which the party secured 18 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, marking its best performance in Bengal. "He is a grassroots leader who expanded the organization and effectively challenged the Mamata Banerjee government," a senior BJP leader remarked.

Locket Chatterjee, an actress-turned-politician and sitting MP, is also under consideration. As the BJP's prominent woman leader in Bengal, Chatterjee is seen as a strong contender who can take on Mamata Banerjee directly. Her appeal to urban voters and active party involvement enhance her prospects.

Jyotirmay Singh Mahato, a young and dynamic MP from Purulia, is another potential candidate. His appointment could signify a move towards nurturing new leadership within the party.

 Party sources reveal that an interim working president is being considered, with a full-time president potentially selected later based on evolving circumstances. State BJP leaders believe that internal disputes could make it challenging for the central leadership to identify a suitable candidate before the Assembly elections.

 The decision on the next president will be crucial in shaping the BJP's strategy to challenge the TMC's dominance in West Bengal, requiring a balance of experience, electoral appeal, and grassroots mobilization.