New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Dr. Sukanta Majumdar has been appointed as the West Bengal BJP chief and the current head Dilip Ghosh has now been made the national vice president of the party. The appointments have been made by BJP National President JP Nadda. This decision comes into immediate effect from September 20. 

"BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda has appointed Dr. Sukanta Majumdar, MP as state president of West Bengal BJP. The appointment comes into immediate effect," said a statement issued by BJP national general secretary Arun Singh.

While Majumdar is a first-time lawmaker from Balurghat parliamentary seat in Bengal, which he won in the 2019 general elections, Ghosh had taken over the reins of the party in Bengal in 2015. Under the latter's tenure, the BJP ended up winning 3 assembly seats, after getting zero seats in the previous polls.

The appointments come 10 days before the assembly by-polls in the state, including in the crucial Bhabanipur constituency where West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee faces BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal.

Dilip Ghosh took to Twitter and congratulated the new West Bengal BJP chief in Bengali. In addition, the West Bengal leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari congratulated Ghosh and Majumdar.

"Heartiest congratulations to both Shri @DilipGhoshBJP for being appointed as National Vice President of @BJP4India & Shri @DrSukantaMajum1 for being appointed as President of @BJP4Bengal. I wish them very best & believe that both would give their best to strengthen the Party," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that 4 BJP MLAs and 1 MP have switched over to the ruling side of Mamata Banerjee-headed Trinamool Congress following the 2021 poll results. The latest to switch was Asansol lawmaker Babul Supriyo, who was reportedly discontented on being dropped as a Union Minister.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha