West Bengal: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee hints at another big split in BJP

West Bengal: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee hints at another big split in BJP

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has hinted at another major split in the state unit of the BJP. 

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that seven to eight more BJP MLAs want to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC). The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader has made it clear that she has no objection in taking them into the TMC. As a result, the BJP MLAs are expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Mamata Banerjee made this remark while addressing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) organizational elections on Wednesday 

“While I was coming here, I heard that seven or eight more BJP MLAs want to join our party. They want to be involved in the development of West Bengal. All of them are welcome,” the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said.

Incidentally, after the results of the West Bengal assembly elections were announced, several MLAs and leaders left the BJP and started returning to the Trinamool Congress (TMC. The most notable of these was Mukul Roy Apart from this, leaders like Rajiv Banerjee and Sabyasachi Dutta, who had left the ruling party and joined the BJP, have also returned to the Trinamool Congress (TMC). 

A total of five MLAs, including Mukul Roy, have changed camps. The list includes several MLAs such as Biswajit Das from Bagdar, Tanmoy Ghosh from Bishnupur, Soumen Roy from Kaliaganj and Krishna Kalyani from Raiganj.

Desperate to retain the MLAs, the BJP has appealed to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to enact anti-defection law against Mukul Roy. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will decide soon whether Mukul Roy will be dismissed as MLA or not. The case is also pending in the Supreme Court

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The BJP had hoped that the crackdown on defecting MLAs would lead to retention of the rest. But on this day, after Mamata Banerjee’s remarks, it is clear that the rift within the West Bengal unit of the BJP continues.

first published:Feb. 2, 2022, 8:52 p.m.

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