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Dilip Ghosh
Dilip Ghosh MP.jpg
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded bySandhya Roy
ConstituencyMedinipur
Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
2016 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byGyan Singh Sohanpal
Succeeded byPradip Sarkar
ConstituencyKharagpur Sadar
9th President of Bharatiya Janata Party - West Bengal
Assumed office
2015
Preceded byRahul Sinha
Personal details
Born (1964-08-01) 1 August 1964 (age 55)
Kuliana, West Bengal, India[1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
affiliations
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
ResidenceKolkata
Websitedilipghosh.online

Dilip Ghosh (born 1 August, 1964) is an Indian politician from West Bengal. He is the incumbent Member of Parliament representing the Medinipur constituency in Lok Sabha and also currently serving as the president of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[2][3][4][5]

Ghosh held charge of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014. In 2016, he was elected as the Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Kharagpur Sadar, defeating former speaker Gyan Singh Sohanpal of Indian National Congress.

Early life

Ghosh was born into a Bengali Yadav family at Kuliana village near Gopiballavpur of Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal on 1 August 1964. He was the second of the four sons of Bholanath Ghosh and Puspalata Ghosh.

After completing his secondary schooling, Ghosh claims to have pursued diploma in engineering from a polytechnic college in Jhargram over an affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India; however the lone polytechnic institute in the region – Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Polytechnic has since denied the claims over a RTI reply.[6][7][8]

In 1984, he formally joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist organisation as a volunteer.[9]

Political career

Early Political Career

Ghosh started his political journey as a “Pracharak” of RSS in 1984.He was the in-charge of RSS in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 1999 to 2007, and worked as an assistant to former RSS chief K. S. Sudarshan. In 2014, Ghosh was loaned into BJP[10] and was appointed as the General Secretary of the West Bengal unit. In 2015, Ghosh was appointed as West Bengal State President of the BJP.[11]

Ghosh started his electoral debut in 2016 contesting the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Kharagpur Sadar,He won in the Kharagpur Sadar constituency of Paschim Medinipur district by defeating his nearest rival Gyan Singh Sohanpal, an Indian National Congress candidate. Gyan Singh Sohanpal of Congress had won the Kharagpur Sadar assembly seat seven times in a row from 1982 to 2011.[12]

In September 2016, Ghosh went on a BJP-sponsored seven-day trip to USA, to highlight "oppression" of the Hindus in West Bengal and infiltration of Muslims from Bangladesh; other speakers in the programme were Subramanian Swamy and Hukum Singh.[13]

Ghosh won the Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha General Elections by a margin of 88,952 votes and a vote share of 48.62% by defeating Trinamool Congress candidate Manas Bhunia.[14]In August 2019, Ghosh accompanied Ramnath Kovind to an official seven-day visit to the African countries of Benin, The Gambia and Guinea as a part of the official Indian delegation, which also consisted of Pratap Chandra Sarangi, the Minister of State in the Government of India for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.[15]

In January 2020 Dilip Ghosh was re-appointed as West Bengal BJP president.[16]

Positions Held

Elected Offices

Year Description
May, 2019-incumbent Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha (1st term) - Medinipore
24 July 2019 Member, Committee on Estimates
13 September 2019 Member, Standing Committee on Home Affairs
09 October 2019 Member, Committee of Privileges
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
2016-2019 Member, West Bengal Legislative Assembly (1st term) - Kharagpur
2018-2019
  • Member, Transport Committee, West Bengal Legislative Assembly
  • Member, Library Committee, West Bengal Legislative Assembly

Executive Offices

Year Description
None

Political Offices

Year Description Party/Organization
2020 - incumbent President, West Bengal BJP
2014 - 2020
2014-2015 General Secretary, West Bengal
1999-2007 In-Charge,Andaman and Nicobar Islands RSS

Controversies

He is known for his intemperate language and repeated calls to violence.[17] In May 2016, he raised a controversy when he said girl students of Jadavpur University "below standard and shameless who are always in search of opportunity to be in the company of male students".[18][19][20] In August 2019, he declared that the Trinamul Congress workers’ families would be wiped out if he would start killing them. Triggering controversy, he even ordered his party workers rather to take revenge against TMC and even the police through violence.[21][22][23] In September 2019, terming the Left and ultra-Left students of Jadavpur University “anti-nationals" and "terrorists", he insinuated that his party would conduct a “Balakot-like surgical strike” on the JU campus to “drive out the communists”.[24][25][26][27] In November 2019, he stirred up a controversy with his remark stating that foreign cows are aunties, Indian cows produce gold. “The characteristics of Indian cows is that its milk has gold which is why its colour is yellow to some extent. “The Indian cows have hump. But the foreign cows do not have it,” he said while addressing a gathering at an event Gopa Ashtami Karyakram organised by him and Gavikalyan Samity at Burdwan.[28][29][30] He also courted controversy when he attacked "few intellectuals" for having beef on roads and asked them to consume 'dog meat' at their homes.[31][32] In December 2019, he was embroiled in a controversy when he said his party allows people to create trouble because the media looks for news.[33][34] He drew criticism when he turned away an ambulance which tried to make way through a rally he was addressing in Nadia.[35][36][37] While the ambulance was actually carrying a patient.[38][39] He claimed that " TMC are doing it purposely. It is their tactic to disrupt the rally". On January 2020, he again raised controversy by remarking that West Bengal has turned into hub of anti-nationals.[40][41] He also courted controversy when he said anti CAA intellectuals are 'devils' and 'parasites' who don't know about their parents.[42][43][44][45] On January 28, 2020, he raised another controversy when he questioned why nobody was dying at the Shaheen Bagh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act when several people had lost their lives waiting to withdraw money from banks during the demonetisation initiative over three years ago. "What surprises me is that people were dying after standing in line for two to three hours. But now women and children are sitting in temperatures as low as 4-5 degrees Celsius but nobody is dying! What nectar did they have? I am astonished! What is their incentive (for staying alive)?" he said at an event organised by the Kolkata Press Club.[46][47][48][49] On January 30, he courted yet another controversy with his remark stating that, "Unless you visit jail, you cannot be a political leader".[50][51] His comments drew widespread criticism from opposition parties when a lone woman carrying anti CAA poster was heckled by his partyman. Later while speaking to newsmen, Ghosh justified the heckling of the woman saying "Our men did the right thing. She should thank her stars that she was only heckled and nothing else was done to her".[52][53][54] On February 16, he raked up yet another controversy with his remark on anti CAA protesters. He said, "some uneducated, unaware, poor people have been lured with money and are being fed Biryani with foreign funds to continue with the protests.”[55][56] On March 11, he claimed that, "Corona attacks only by staying away from nature, we who live with nature do not have this disease," he added, "To avoid corona, people should dry their clothes in sunlight for 2 hours, which kills the Coronavirus."[57][58][59]On March 16, he again claimed that, there is no harm in drinking cow urine and he has no qualms in admitting he consumes it. He said that, "For ages, people in our country have consumed urine, all of them have been fit and fine. I have no qualm in accepting that I consume Cow Urine and will again do so".The claim that consumption of cow urine can cure coronavirus drew sharp criticism from the ruling Trinamool Congress.[60][61]

References

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  2. ^ "Dilip Ghosh appointed West Bengal BJP chief". The Hindu. PTI. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
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  5. ^ "Dilip Ghosh re-elected West Bengal BJP chief". The Hindu. 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ "RTI reply contradicts BJP Bengal president's education qualification claims". Hindustan Times. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  7. ^ Ali, Arshad (8 April 2017). "RTI reveals BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh gave incorrect info about education in poll affidavit". DNA India. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Fake Educational Credentials: Ex-BJP leader moves HC against Dilip Ghosh". The Indian Express. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Dilip Ghosh". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ Andersen, Walter; Damle, Shridhar (17 August 2018). The RSS: A View to the Inside. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. p. 149. ISBN 978-93-5305-159-4.
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  14. ^ "General Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". results.eci.gov.in. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  15. ^ "President Ram Nath Kovind departs for official seven-day visit to Africa; MoS Pratap Chandra Sarangi, MP Dilip Ghosh accompany". Firstpost. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Dilip Ghosh re-elected as West Bengal BJP president". Economics Times. 16 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Can Dilip Ghosh's Foul Rhetoric Make Inroads with Bengal's Bhadralok Gentry?".
  18. ^ "Jadavpur University girl students 'shameless', 'below standard': BJP leader Dilip Ghosh - Times of India".
  19. ^ "Dilip Ghosh remark on JU girls, Congress supporters demand apology". 16 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Jadavpur University women students are 'shameless': BJP's Dilip Ghosh". 16 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Dilip Ghosh threatens to kill TMC workers' kin". 28 August 2019.
  22. ^ "Bash up TMC workers, cops: BJP Bengal chief to party workers".
  23. ^ "Bengal BJP chief threatens TMC with 'mass murder'".
  24. ^ "Wait for surgical strike on Jadavpur University: BJP".
  25. ^ "Jadavpur University, a hub of anti-nationals, will be destroyed in a Balakot-like surgical strike: BJP's Dilip Ghosh". The Hindu. 20 September 2019.
  26. ^ "West Bengal BJP chief says surgical strike in JU will destroy groups that assaulted Babul Supriyo".
  27. ^ "'JU a Hub of Anti-national Activities, Our Cadres Will Conduct Surgical Strike to Destroy Them': Dilip Ghosh". 20 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Foreign cows are aunties, Indian cows produce gold: Dilip Ghosh". 6 November 2019.
  29. ^ "Gaumata's milk has gold, foreign cow breeds are aunties: BJP neta - Times of India".
  30. ^ "Bengal BJP chief calls foreign cows 'aunties', asks beef eaters to eat dog".
  31. ^ "Foreign cows are 'aunties', Indian cows have gold in their milk: BJP's Dilip Ghosh".
  32. ^ "'Few intellectuals eat beef on roads but...': BJP's Dilip Ghosh bizarre remark".
  33. ^ "'We allow people to create trouble': Bengal BJP leader sets up new controversy". 27 December 2019.
  34. ^ "'If TMC Creates Trouble, We Will Also Follow Suit': BJP's Dilip Ghosh Courts New Controversy".
  35. ^ "Dilip Ghosh turns away ambulance during rally in West Bengal". Business Standard India. 8 January 2020.
  36. ^ "Dilip Ghosh turns away ambulance during rally in West Bengal".
  37. ^ "'Find Another Route': Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh Turns Away Ambulance as Rally Blocks Road | Watch".
  38. ^ "BJP MP Dilip Ghosh Under Fire for Turning Ambulance Away During Rally in Bengal". 8 January 2020.
  39. ^ "Defiant BJP Bengal chief blocks ambulance during rally, later says 'don't have faltu time' to discuss issue » Northeast Today". 8 January 2020.
  40. ^ "Bengal turned into hub of anti-nationals under TMC regime: Dilip Ghosh - Times of India".
  41. ^ "West Bengal turned into hub of anti-nationals under TMC regime: Dilip Ghosh".
  42. ^ "Now, Dilip Ghosh Calls Anti-CAA Intellectuals 'Parasites Who Don't Know About Their Parents'".
  43. ^ "Parentage jibe from Dilip".
  44. ^ "Intellectuals at Citizenship Law Protests "Parasites": Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh".
  45. ^ "'Intellectuals opposing CAA are devils, parasites,' says Dilip Ghosh, day after being re-elected as West Bengal BJP chief".
  46. ^ "Why Has No Protester at Shaheen Bagh Fallen Ill or Died Until Now, Asks BJP MP Dilip Ghosh".
  47. ^ ""If 100 Died in Notes Ban Queues, Why Not Shaheen Bagh?": Shocker by BJP's Dilip Ghosh".
  48. ^ "Why no Shaheen Bagh protester falling ill, wonders Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh". 28 January 2020.
  49. ^ "Why no Shaheen Bagh protester falling ill despite chilly winter: Dilip Ghosh".
  50. ^ "Unless You Visit Jail, You Cannot be a Leader: Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh Tells Partymen".
  51. ^ ""Can't be a Leader Unless You Go to Jail": Dilip Ghosh to BJP Workers".
  52. ^ "should-thank-her-stars-nothing-else-done-dilip-ghosh-to-anti-caa-protester-heckled-by-bjp-cadres-".
  53. ^ "State BJP president Dilip Ghosh attacks a lady in Patuli". 30 January 2020.
  54. ^ "Dilip Ghosh: BJP-র মিছিলে একলা তরুণীর CAA-প্রতিবাদ, 'ও কি শহিদ হতে চায়?' ফের বোমা দিলীপের - controversial comment of west bengal BJP president dilip ghosh about a lady who protested against caa-NPR during BJP's pro-caa abhinandan rally | Eisamay".
  55. ^ "Biryani, foreign funds driving the uneducated to CAA rallies: Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh".
  56. ^ "Protesters at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Kolkata's Park Circus 'uneducated' and 'poor', doing it for money, says Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh".
  57. ^ "Dilip Ghosh suggests people living close to nature do not Coronavirus".
  58. ^ "We are not scared, have god's blessings: BJP's Dilip Ghosh downplays coronavirus threat".
  59. ^ "Have God's Blessing': BJP's Dilip Ghosh Downplays COVID-19 Threat".
  60. ^ "I consume cow urine, people have done so for ages: BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh".
  61. ^ "Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh says no harm in drinking cow urine; party MP says time to shun 'unscientific beliefs"".

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