Since the general elections of 2014, the Bhartiya Janta Party has emerged as a powerful political outfit that won more than 50 per cent seats in the parliament. The party presently rules in 12 out of 31 states and union territories and has its alliance government in a total of 18 states (including UTs).
Considering its strengthening political power, a lot of politicians from other political parties have joined BJP or formed an alliance with it in the recent past. Some of the leaders have neither joined the party nor formed an alliance with it yet but have expressed their desire of joining it.
Earlier this week, The Indian Express had reported BJP leaders of Kolkata claiming that 20 Trinamool Congress Leaders have expressed the intention of joining them. On the other hand, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has been seen opposing BJP publicly on many occasions. In fact, Banerjee had raised slogan “BJP hatao desh bachao” recently on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement and urged support for her “BJP Quit India” movement.
West Bengal: TMC leader Lipon Kar says while addressing locals in Jalpaiguri ‘Will rip you apart if you join BJP’ pic.twitter.com/Q2JFp3sthu
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2017
It is understandable that the rivals of BJP, including TMC, would be doing their best to stop their members from joining their opponent. But Lipon Kar, a leader of Trinamool Congress (TMC) has, reportedly, gone a few steps ahead and has savagely warned people against joining BJP. As reported by Jansatta, Lipon Kar, while addressing a public meeting at Jalpaiguri has said that the people who join BJP will be ripped off.
Threatening people publicly of ripping them off for doing or not doing something has perhaps been done for the first time in the political history of India. At any point in time, during the political game or otherwise, it is important for the leaders of a country to remember that public is the king of democracy and it is morally and politically incorrect to threaten someone against being a part of any political organization.
TMC has, however, not made any comments on the unethical statement of Lipon Kar so far. It will be interesting to see the response of the political party on its member’s “warning”.