Dilip Ghosh (politician)

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Dilip Ghosh
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Member of Parliament
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded bySandhya Roy
Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly For Kharagpur Town
In office
2016 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byGyan Singh Sohanpal
ConstituencyKharagpur Sadar
President of West Bengal State BJP
Assumed office
Preceded byRahul Sinha
Personal details
Born (1964-08-01) 1 August 1964 (age 54)
Kuliana, West Bengal, India[1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Dilip Ghosh (born 1 August 1964) is an Indian politician, Member of Parliament from West Bengal's Medinipur constituency and current president of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[2][3][4][5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Ghosh was born into a Bengali 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 schooling at the village schools, he moved to Jhargram for higher education.[citation needed] An RTI report was later published that Ghosh did not obtain any diploma in Engineering from Polytechnic College in Jhargram.[6][7] In 1984, he formally joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a pracharak with his family's consent. His inspirations at the RSS, among many others, were Mohan Bhagwat and Keshav Dixit. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inducted him into mainstream politics and appointed him as the president of the party.[8]


Ghosh was the in-charge of RSS in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and worked as an assistant to former RSS chief K. S. Sudarshan. He was then appointed as West Bengal State General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2015, Ghosh was selected as West Bengal State President of the BJP.[9]

In the 2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, Dilip Ghosh 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.[10]

In September 2016, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh went on a seven-day trip to New York, Boston, New Jersey and Chicago, where he highlighted the plight of the Hindus in West Bengal and how they are on the back-foot due to the continuous infiltration of illegal Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh. Other speakers in the programme were Subramanian Swamy and Hukum Singh, the BJP Member of Parliament from Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, who initiated the campaign to highlight that Hindus were forced to flee from Kairana. The string of programmes was organised by US-based Hindu groups including Overseas Friends of BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad America, Indian-American Intellectual Forum and others.[11]

On 16 December 2016, Ghosh was injured during protests condemning comments made by Maulauna Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of the Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata, in which West Bengal BJP Secretary Deboshree Chowdhury, Baisnabnagar MLA Swadhin Kumar Sarkar and other local BJP leaders were arrested.[12] Barakati said that Ghosh should be "pelted with stones and kicked out of Bengal" after Ghosh had said of Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banarjee that his party could have “dragged” her “by the hair” when she was in New Delhi, but had chosen not to. The BJP claimed that Ghosh was allegedly injured during the protests by the police who had tried to stop the protest.

On 24 December 2016, a high-level BJP delegation team composed of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and two Members of Parliament, Satyapal Singh and Jagdambika Pal, were stopped from entering a village in Dhulagarh, Howrah, where communal clashes broke out.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Dilip Ghosh (Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP))". myneta.info. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Dilip Ghosh appointed West Bengal BJP chief. Hindus consider him as a tiger". The Hindu. PTI. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Dilip Ghosh WB BJP president". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Dilip Ghosh WB BJP president". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Dilip Ghosh New BJP president of West Bengal - Paschimbanga Unit". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Dilip Ghosh lied about educational qualification in poll affidavit". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Fake Educational Credentials". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Dilip Ghosh". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ "BJP declares Dilip Ghosh as new WB state president". Anandabazar Patrika. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  10. ^ "KHARAGPUR SADAR Election Result 2016, Winner, KHARAGPUR SADAR MLA, West Bengal". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  11. ^ "BJP state chief to highlight plight of Bengal Hindus in the US". Hindustan Times. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  12. ^ "BJP leaders protest against Shahi Imam, arrested". 16 December 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Mamata targets Bengal's RSS run schools". 25 March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Promoting religious intolerance: Monitor madrasas, Christian schools, says Dilip Ghosh". 10 March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.

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