Two BJP MPs who contested and won the Assembly election in Bengal have tendered their resignation to the Speaker. Following the development, the tally of BJP MLAs in the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly has gone down to 75 from the earlier 77.
The two MPs—Nishit Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar—resigned on Wednesday afternoon on the instructions of the BJP high command. Notably, Pramanik and Sarkar were among the five BJP MPs who were fielded by the saffron party hoping to form the government in Bengal.
However, the BJP faced an embarrassing loss in the state elections despite trying its best to woo the voters. Now, the party feels that the two MPs will be more useful in the Parliament rather than in the state Assembly.
BJP MP from Ranaghat Jagannath Sarkar, who won the Santipur Assembly seat, said, “The results in Bengal were not as expected. If the BJP had formed a government, we would have a specific role. Now that is not the case so the party has said we should remain MPs and resign as MLAs. That’s why we are doing it.”
TMC mocks BJP
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has mocked the move of BJP as an attempt to play safe in the Lok Sabha.
“They have insulted the people who have voted for them and sent them first to Parliament and then to Assembly,” said senior party leader Sukhendu Shekhar Roy.
The 2021 Assembly poll was one of the most heated contests between the BJP and the TMC. While TMC was trying to save its turf, the BJP wanted to snatch power from Mamata Banerjee at any cost. Mega rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and top BJP leaders were held despite the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and in clear violation of the COVID-19 guidelines.
Not just the BJP, but the TMC, too, violated COVID guidelines. However, it emerged as the clear winner in the polls winning 213 of the 292 seats where elections were held, but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost the Nandigram seat to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Adhikari has been made the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
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