Kolkata: West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh ruffled a few feathers in his party on Saturday when he said TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become the first Bengali prime minister of the country.
Extending birthday wishes to her, Ghosh said he prayed her good health and success in life "because the fate of our state depends on her success". "We want her to be fit so that she can work well. She needs to remain fit because if there is any Bengali who has the chance to be the prime minister from this Bengal, then she is the one," he said.
Asked if anyone from his own party's Bengal unit had the chance to be the prime minister, Ghosh said that Mamata Banerjee was ahead in the race among Bengalis who can take up the post. "We can surely have one from Bengal after her. But she has the first chance. We couldn't have Jyoti Basu as the first Bengali prime minister as his party did not allow him to be," Ghosh said.