Division of Bengal: BJP leaders Rahul Sinha and Locket Chatterjee against the decision

News Desk: With Dilip Ghosh’s support in the decision of division of Bengal, a rift took place in the BJP unit of West Bengal. Leaders Rahul Sinha and Locket Chatterjee made it clear that they do not support this decision.

Sinha said “Rabindranath Tagore had started Raksha Bandhan to protest against the partition of Bengal. Since then, the occasion has had historical and cultural values. It has political and geographical significance as the occasion was celebrated to keep people and the province united. A conspiracy to divide Bengal must not be entertained. There is no question of dividing the state as there is no such issue. There is also no national or state-level policy to divide the state. Our party too has no stand to divide the state. Bengal will remain as it is today”

Chatterjee said “Rabindranath Tagore had started the Raksha Bandhan ceremony during the Partition movement. I don’t know what Dilip Ghosh or John Barla have said, but Bengal can never be divided”

Dilip Ghosh: If people demands for separate state, then it is not unjust

Blaming chief minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday said “Today, if people in Junglemahal and north Bengal want separate states then Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have to take responsibility…The situation is the same in Junglemahal. Why do women there have to sell sal leaves for two square meals a day? Why do people from there go to Jharkhand, Odisha, and Gujarat for work? Now if people have made such demands (for separate states) then it is not unjust”

State minister Firhad Hakim on Sunday said “To suit our political interests, we are bringing doom to the country by making such demands. If we begin to divide the country into smaller pieces, it will be ruined. This is the same reason why the country was divided into two nations after Independence. On this occasion of Raksha Bandhan, we don’t want any more division of the country or its states”

John Barla: Creation of a separate state of North Bengal is the voice of the people of the region

Alipurduar MP John Barla, in the month of June, sought a separate union territory comprising all north Bengal districts. He again repeated the demand last week and said the creation of a separate state of North Bengal is the voice of the people of the region.

Addressing a press conference in Siliguri, as part of the BJP’s ‘Shahid Samman Yatra’, Barla said “Creation of a separate state of North Bengal is the voice of the people of the region. I will raise the issue at the appropriate level”