#Kolkata: He was in the first row among the Ekushey election party changers. Before the election, Rajib Bandopadhyay, a former minister and MLA from Domjur, left the grassroots to join the BJP on the issue of ‘not being able to work’. But like many other defecting leaders in the election, he had to endure defeat. The people of Domjur did not rule in his favor. And from then on, little by little, Rajiv started to be inactive in the team and disharmonious on social media. He openly criticized the party on social media.
He clearly wrote in his Facebook post, ‘People will not take it well if Article 357 is shown repeatedly. We should stop criticizing the ruling party and criticize ourselves. Etc. Also, his ‘courtesy meetings’ with grassroots heavyweight leaders have repeatedly hinted at a change of tone. After the announcement of the results of the election, dissonance means the thought of changing the party again, that is what a section of the political circles assumed. Due to which the protests started inside the grassroots. Many grassroots activists in Domjur also took to the streets to protest against Rajib Bandopadhyay.
On the other hand, he was also increasing the distance with the Gerua camp. But on Saturday, the speculation turned upside down. In a letter to the BJP state office, Rajiv Banerjee said he was in the BJP. Doing team work. As a result, it started a new equation for some sections of the political establishment.
According to BJP sources, two letters from Rajib Bandopadhyay reached the party’s state office on Saturday. In an open letter, Rajiv said how many BJP workers were still homeless due to post-poll violence in his constituency of Domjur. He wrote the names in a letter listing them. The former Domjur MLA has sent two letters to the party’s state general secretary Amitabh Chakraborty and co-editor Pratap Banerjee. He said the list has been sent to the BJP state office seeking compensation for those who have suffered in various ways in the unrest that has erupted across the Dom since the polls.
After the third Trinamool government came to power, BJP leaders were constantly criticizing and attacking the ruling party. At that time Rajiv was heard as ‘Besuro’. He sided with the grassroots in response to the BJP leaders’ criticism in a Facebook post. Then Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh rushed to the house of Minister Perth Chatterjee and many thought that Rajiv might want to go back to his old house after seeing the face of failure in the BJP. But like a section of the political establishment after Saturday, he may not have been able to pave the way for a return to the grassroots as expected. So again Gerua is showing activism in the camp. According to sources, he is being invited to the party’s executive meeting in Kolkata on the 29th. However, as soon as you receive the invitation, you will decide whether to join the meeting or not. That is what Rajiv Banerjee said.