In yet another embarrassment for the BJP in Bengal, its MLA from West Bengal’s Bagdah, Biswajit Das, has dumped the party to join hands with the Trinamool Congress (TMC). With the latest exit, the BJP’s tally in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly declined to 72 from the 77 seats it had won in the state election.
Ahead of the Assembly poll, Biswajit Das had ditched the Trinamool Congress to join the BJP. He had won two Assembly polls— 2011 and 2016— on TMC ticket. Following his return to TMC, Das said he was unhappy and uncomfortable in working in the saffron party, saying his jump to BJP was a “mistake” and that he wanted to come back.
Das was welcomed back in the TMC by party leaders Partha Chatterjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. The TMC tweeted, “Bengal witnessed a wave of growth & development under the leadership of @MamataOfficial. Inspired by this phenomenal work, today @BJP4Bengal MLA from Bagda Shri Biswajit Das joined us in the presence of Shri @itspcofficial, Smt. @kakoligdastidar and Smt. Alo Rani Sarkar.”
In another tweet, the party said, “Along with him, Manotosh Nath and Subrata Pal joined the Trinamool family today. We wholeheartedly welcome everyone!”
On August 30, BJP MLA from Bishnupur Assembly constituency Tanmoy Ghosh dumped the saffron party to join the TMC. Ghosh said, “BJP is into vindictive politics. They are attempting to snatch the rights of WB people by using central agencies. I urge all politicians to support CM Mamata Banerjee for public welfare.”
Not the first defection from Bengal BJP
Earlier in June, the saffron party’s first import from the Trinamool Congress in Bengal and its national vice president, Mukul Roy, returned to TMC ending weeks of speculations. His son, Shubhranshu, also returned to TMC.
Upon his return to TMC, Mukul Roy had said, “I feel great at seeing my old colleagues, after leaving the BJP. I cannot be in the BJP.” He described Mamata Banerjee as “the only leader of Bengal and India”. On being questioned about his repeated attacks on Banerjee in the past, Roy said that he never had any differences with “didi”.
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