In recent days, a schism within the BJP’s West Bengal chapter has surfaced over the issue of establishing president’s rule in the state. While some BJP officials support applying Article 356 in the state, citing post-election violence, others, such as party state unit head Dilip Ghosh, seek to boost the party’s grassroots organisation.
Suvendu Adhikari, the state’s leader of the opposition, and three BJP MPs from the state, Nishith Pramanik, Saumitra Khan, and Arjun Singh, met with the party’s national leadership and demanded the president’s rule in West Bengal. Following his meeting with Amit Shah on Tuesday, Adhikari stated that the post-election violence in West Bengal is far worse than the circumstances that warrant the imposition of Article 356 in any state.
Meanwhile, Ghosh advised party workers at a meeting of the party organisation that they should oppose the TMC politically. Those who oppose enforcing Article 356 argue that it would be a bad judgement. ‘’It would be an affront to the people’s verdict if we disrupt the government. Instead, we should organise grassroots movements involving ordinary people to address a variety of challenges, said a leader of the BJP.
Another faction within the party is willing to go to any length to impose the president’s rule, even enacting the CAA in the state. The West Bengal administration would not accept it since Mamata has stated repeatedly that the CAA will never be allowed in Bengal. When the state administration opposes the CAA, it can readily be utilised to enforce Article 356 in Bengal, said a BJP worker.
Rajib Banerjee, a BJP leader, has also spoken out against applying Article 356 in the state. ‘’Repeated calls for the establishment of presidential authority will be met with hostility. In a social media post, he remarked, “It will be a dumb move.”