A day after the Trinamool Congress leadership expressed willingness to induct Chhatradhar Mahato to the party, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said that the ruling party was inducting former Maoist cadres.
Chhatradhar Mahato, a former leader of Maoist-backed People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), had hogged the limelight during the Lalgarh movement in tribal-dominated Junglemahal area.
"It seems (TMC supremo) Mamata Banerjee is afraid of the growing mass base of the BJP across the state. Earlier she is used to say Junglemahal is smiling. She has stopped saying so after a complete whitewash in the last Lok Sabha polls in Junglemahal," Mr Ghosh said while addressing a pro-CAA rally in Jalpaiguri district.
In a bid to counter the growing presence of the BJP, the TMC is inducting former Maoist leaders and cadres in the party, he said.
"But let me make one thing very clear - neither Maoists nor the TMC would be able to stop the BJP in the state," Mr Ghosh said.
Chhatradhar Mahato was set free in the beginning of this month by
the West Bengal government following a reduction in his life term to 10 years by Calcutta High Court for his good conduct.
TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday said he will be happy if Chhatradhar Mahato joins the party.
However, the former Maoist leader had refused to say anything on this issue.
His joining the TMC could change the political equation in West Bengal's tribal Jangalmahal area which comprise the tribal districts of Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
The BJP has made deep inroads there in the last two years and bagged all the seven seats in the Lok Sabha polls.