'Promises not fulfilled': Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew resigns from BJP
Chandra Bose quits BJP: Chandra Bose, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew, resigned from the BJP on Wednesday, claiming that the party failed to meet its promises of propagating the nationalist leader's vision.
Chandra Bose joined the BJP in 2016 and ran for office twice, first in the 2016 assembly election and once in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"When I joined the BJP, I was promised that I would be allowed to propagate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Sarat Chandra Bose's inclusive ideology. But nothing like that happened," he added.
Bose, who was appointed vice-president of the West Bengal BJP in 2016, was ousted at the 2020 organisational reshuffle.
"My discussions (with BJP) then centred on the inclusive ideology of the Bose Brothers (Netaji and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, also a freedom fighter). My understanding, both then and later, had been that I would propagate this ideology across the country on the BJP Platform. It was also decided to form an Azad Hind Morcha within the framework of BJP with the primary objective to propagate Netaj's ideology of uniting all communities as Bharatiyas, irrespective of religion, caste and creed," he said.
He stated that this was necessary to keep the country united.
"My ardent promotional efforts to achieve these laudable objectives have not received any support from the BJP, either at the Centre or at the state level in West Bengal. I had put forward a detailed proposal suggesting a Bengal Strategy to reach out to the people of the state. My proposals were ignored."
Bose had often criticized the state leadership on a variety of issues, and he also opposed the CAA in 2019, going against the party line. In response to his resignation, BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya stated, "For quite a long time he was not at all in touch with the party."
- With inputs from agencies