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BJP’s Alipurduar district president, others to join TMC over tussle with party MP

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In yet another embarrassment for the BJP in West Bengal, the saffron party’s president for Alipurduar district Ganga Prasad Sharma has announced that he is leaving the party to join TMC. The development comes in response to the demand raised by Alipurduar MP John Barla for a separate Union Territory comprising of areas in north Bengal.

Several BJP leaders from the district have already arrived in Kolkata to join TMC, which is ruling the state after ensuring a thumping victory in the recently-concluded Assembly polls. The leaders including Sharma are likely to join on Monday.

Allegations against BJP MPs

Justifying his move to defect to the TMC, Ganga Prasad Sharma has accused BJP MPs from Bengal of trying to divide the state. Recently, the demand for a separate north Bengal UT was discussed at a closed-door meeting at Barla’s house. The meeting was also attended by BJP MP from Jalpaiguri, Jayanta Roy, who has also extended his support to Barla.

The BJP MP has been accused by Sharma of spreading political violence in north Bengal and said that the BJP’s central leadership is supporting his work. He added that he has decided to leave the BJP party and go to the TMC to thwart the conspiracy of the MPs to divide Bengal. “I will work hand in hand with the state government for the development of North Bengal,” Sharma said.

BJP worried about defections

BJP that gradually unfolded a massive campaign to woo voters was successful in poaching several TMC MLAs and ministers before the poll, who were quite confident of the saffron party’s victory. However, the saffron party despite its tall claims could manage to win only 77 seats as against 213 seats won by TMC.

Now, as the political dimensions have completely changed in the state, several leaders who jumped to BJP are heading back to the TMC. In fact, BJP’s national vice president Mukul Roy has recently dumped the saffron party to join the TMC.  

 

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