Union Minister Subhas Sarkar Temporarily Confined by Protestors Inside BJP Office in West Bengal's Bankura.
In West Bengal’s Bankura, a contingent of BJP activists made headlines on Tuesday by briefly confining Union Minister Subhas Sarkar within their party’s local office. The protestors voiced allegations of his “autocratic” style in overseeing the district unit.
Subhas Sarkar, who serves as the Minister of State for Education and is a Member of Parliament representing Bankura, found himself in this predicament during a meeting around 1 pm. A group of BJP supporters entered the district party office, chanting slogans and temporarily locking him inside. A video capturing the incident was shared by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which took the opportunity to criticize the BJP for its internal strife.
Sarkar remained confined for approximately half an hour before being released by the party activists.
One of the demonstrators, Mohit Sharma, characterized Sarkar as “ineffective” and asserted that he was neglecting hardworking party members. He alleged that the Union Minister had appointed individuals close to him as members of the district committee.
“Some of us have been issued show-cause notices. We are protesting to safeguard the integrity of the party. This time, the BJP failed to secure any seats in the Bankura Municipality due to his ineffectiveness. In the previous election, the BJP had won two wards, but this time, they were unable to field candidates in numerous panchayat seats. It’s shameful,” he claimed.
Another group of BJP supporters arrived at the party office, resulting in a confrontation between the two factions amid the chaos.
A police team swiftly responded to the situation and facilitated Sarkar’s release, according to an officer.
Samik Bhattacharya, spokesperson for the #, characterized the incident as regrettable and confirmed that action would be taken against the protesting party members.
“Such incidents are unacceptable in a disciplined party like the BJP. If there are any grievances, there is a proper channel to address them. We will investigate the incident, and appropriate action will be taken against those involved,” he stated.
Furthermore, Bhattacharya emphasized that Sarkar had no involvement in the district unit and attributed the allegations against him to “misunderstandings.”
In response, the TMC asserted that the West Bengal BJP division “is increasingly disintegrating, with internal conflicts reaching their peak with each passing day.”