Swami Aseemanand may work for BJP in West Bengal

Swami Aseemanand may work for BJP in West Bengal

KOLKATA: The West Bengal unit of the BJP is planning to rope in Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand to work for strengthening the party base in the state following his acquittal in the Mecca Masjid blast case earlier this week, a senior party official said today.nn”I have personally known Swami Aseemanand for a long time. I will talk to him and try to bring him to West Bengal so that he can work here. For a long time, he has worked among the tribals in Bengal. He can help us in a lot of ways,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told PTI.nnA special anti-terror court on Monday had acquitted the 66-year-old self-proclaimed monk and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, holding that the prosecution failed to prove “even a single allegation” against them.nnAseemanand’s younger brother, Sushanta Sarkar, is presently the secretary of the BJP’s Hooghly unit.nnSarkar said he would be happy if his brother returned to the state for work.nn”Our entire family is dedicated towards the Sangh Parivar. If my brother comes to Bengal and wants to work here, we will be very happy,” Sarkar told PTI.nnAnother state BJP leader said although Aseemanand is an apolitical person, the saffron party would welcome him if he is willing to come to Bengal and work here, especially among the tribals.nnBorn as Naba Kumar Sarkar at Kamaarpukar in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, Aseemanand completed his graduation in science in 1971. The self-proclaimed monk is known for his fiery speech and anti-minority stance.nnHe became involved with right-wing groups from school, going on to work full time with the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Purulia and Bankura districts in the state.nnIt was at the Ashram that Naba Kumar Sarkar was christened Swami Aseemanand in 1981.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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