LAST UPDATED: April 8, 2021, 12:20 p.m.
Kolkata: Amal Acharya, the outgoing Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA from the Itahar assembly constituency in Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal, has joined the BJP.
Raiganj MP and Union Minister Debashree Chowdhury, Balurghat MP Sukant Majumder, BJP district president Biswajit Lahiri and other leaders were present at the meeting held at Ulka Club Maidan in Itahar on Wednesday. Amal Acharya joined the BJP in their presence.
It may be mentioned that Amal Acharya won the assembly elections from the Itahar constituency in 2011 and 2016. After the party’s collapse in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party removed him from the post of district president of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The TMC did not give Amal a ticket for the ongoing assembly elections. Instead, his former associate Mosharraf Hossain was nominated as a candidate in this center. After this decision of the TMC, angry protests started within the party.
Then Amal Acharya and his followers resigned from the Trinamool Congress (TMC). After that, the speculation of his joining the BJP peaked. True to all those speculations, he joined the BJP on Wednesday.
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After joining the BJP, the leader said, “I have decided to join the BJP as I was not getting the respect I deserve in the TMC.”
“The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has now become a corporate party. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is involved in various scandals including cattle smuggling and coal smuggling. I don’t want to be in this team anymore,” he added.
He warned the Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate to stop the politics of division and accused him of dividing voters in the name of religion.
“I will wipe out the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in North Dinajpur district,” Amal Acharya said.
Although he initially joined the BJP today, he will rejoin the BJP a few days later in the presence of Shuvendu Adhikari on a larger stage.
“Amal Acharya has joined the party and the party has become stronger,” Union Minister Debashree Chowdhury said.
On the other hand, Trinamool Congress (TMC) district president and Raiganj candidate Kanaya Lal Agarwal said, “The matter has been reported to the state leadership. This change of party will not have any effect.”
But ahead of the face of the fourth round of voting in the West Bengal Election 2021, a section of the political establishment thinks that this change of party is very significant.