By A Special Correspondent
First publised on 2020-09-15 19:25:22
It is amazing how the BJP has an army of leaders all over India who are given to put their foot in their mouth and embarrass the party. Let alone the incendiary remarks (Go to Pakistan) which are vile enough to inflame passions, these people also make horrible statements that are not backed by facts and are unscientific. The latest in the line is West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. Addressing a well-attended rally in Hooghly district of the state , Ghosh said that "corona has left" and Didi (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) was imposing lockdowns in the state only to prevent the BJP from holding rallies ahead of the state elections next year.
When the country is witnessing a spurt in new coronavirus cases which are now hovering around the one lakh mark and the death toll is more than 1000 every day, when the state is witnessing 3000 new cases and nearly 50 deaths every day and when the Prime Minister says that people should not let down the guard till a remedy is found (jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilai nahi), people like Ghosh are making statements that even a school child knows are not true. Apart from proving his own lack of knowledge, Ghosh has proved nothing by making such a stupid statement.
Whatever the political compulsions be, whatever the need be of painting the Chief Minister and the TMC as anti-Hindus, any statement that makes light of the threat posed by the pandemic is downright anti-national. When the need is for politicians of all hue to stand together and impress upon the people to follow all health protocols as the threat has not gone away, Ghosh has tried to trivialize the issue for cheap political gain.
It is not known if the party has taken him to task for making such a gross claim. But it is very surprising that before making the claim, Ghosh did not think about how he was undermining Prime Minister Modi's untiring efforts of warning the people not to lower their guards. The party high command should issue a stern warning to him to steer clear of making such statements. Only God can help the BJP if it wants to displace the TMC in the elections next year with a person like Dilip Ghosh at the helm.