Hindu Samhati set to enter politics in West Bengal ahead of assembly polls, may divide the Hindu right voters base of BJP

Hindu Samhati, the indigenous Hindutva outfit of West Bengal is all set to enter politics before the assembly is elections next year. Saying that they have lost hopes from BJP, Samhati leader Debtanu Bhattacharya announced that the organization is all set to float a political outfit before Kali puja.

Bhattacharya said that his organization has strong presence in 30 State legislative assembly constituencies and that people from both RSS and BJP would join once the outfit is launched.

“We have a sizeable presence in 30 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the state. In north Bengal, we have a good presence in 15 assembly seats. We are in touch with RSS pracharaks. Once a new party is floated, members from BJP will also join us,” said Samhati president Debtanu Bhattacharya.

Bhattacharya complained that Bengal BJP had lost its focus on the Bengali Hindu population. “We have had enough of BJP, which seems preoccupied with the non-Bengali speaking voters in the state. The Bengali Hindu population that was once the driving force of the party has now been pushed to the margins. We have decided to break our ties with BJP and float a new political outfit,” he said, making it clear that BJP was going to have a contender from the Right for the first time in Bengal.

“We started working with social resistance, economic empowerment, countering false narratives. But we cannot make the mission successful without a strong political backup. We thought BJP will carry the agenda forward. But it seems they have fallen prey to appeasement politics in Bengal. So we decided to sever our ties with the party,” Bhattacharya added.

Hindu Samhati aims to focus on the Bengali Hindu identity. “We cannot allow Bengal to dilute its identity. Presence of people from other states is getting translated into creating different narratives. The time has come to have a political outfit that will speak for Hindus in Bengal. It is likely to happen before Kali Puja,” Bhattacharya said.

However, if experts are to be believed, Hindu Samhati entering politics may be a bad news for BJP as they will make a dent in the Hindu right voters base.

Founded and headed by former RSS pracharak Tapan Ghosh, Samhati had championed the cause of Hindu resistance against Islamic aggression in rural Bengal, especially in the areas bordering Bangladesh.

In 2018, Ghosh left the outfit alleging it had fallen into BJP’s trap. The organization had then decided to keep equal distance from both BJP and Trinamool. Later, it decided to campaign for Modi during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Ghosh passed away earlier this year.

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