A mass defection of elected representatives from West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) to the Bharatiya Janata Event (BJP) took standing 5 days after the outcomes of the Lok Sabha elections had been declared, with two MLAs, 56 municipal councillors and three rural physique representatives switching camps. A Left legislator, too, joined the BJP in the same tournament.
The BJP won 18 and the Trinamool 22 of the sigh’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP won two and the TMC, 34, in 2014.
BJP chief Mukul Roy’s legislator son, Subhrangshu Roy, became as soon as among the three legislators who crossed over. TMC’s Tusharkanti Bhattacharya and CPM’s Debendra Nath Roy had been two others.
With many of the councillors switching their political affiliation, three municipalities — Kanchrapara, Halishahar, and Naihati — will most most likely be now be managed by the BJP. For the time being, TMC controls these urban bodies.
The party has additionally gained the pork up of the majority of the corporators at Bhatpara municipality, where a no-confidence motion will most most likely be introduced in soon, BJP MP Arjun Singh said.
Unless now, no longer a single civic physique became as soon as under the control of the BJP.
“Folks are fleeing the TMC to ticket up for the BJP. Many more will take part the upcoming weeks,” Mukul Roy said at a press conference at the BJP headquarters in Contemporary Delhi. A BJP chief who asked no longer to be named claimed no decrease than six more TMC MLAs would switch to the BJP subsequent week.
High Minister Narendra Modi said at an election rally in Hooghly closing month that 40 MLAs from the TMC would join the BJP after the elections.
“We desire her [Mamata Banerjee] government to proceed until 2021, but if it falls due to her doings, then we won’t serve it,” BJP typical secretary responsible of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
Of Tuesday’s defectors, whereas Subhranshu persisted in TMC despite his father becoming a member of BJP in November 2017, Bhattacharya won in 2016 on a Congress sign but joined the TMC closing twelve months.
“TMC chief Derek [O’Brien] said that no longer a single corporator would barren region TMC for BJP. Recently, there are bigger than 50. There are three MLAs. Honest take care of we had a seven-section elections, there will most most likely be a seven-section becoming a member of from TMC in the upcoming months,” added Vijayvargiya.
Vijayvargiya said that he would possibly no longer rule out the Mamata Banerjee government losing majority in the sigh assembly before the scheduled elections in 2021.
“We are making an strive to clutch Bengal via the 2021 assembly elections. Our very top needs are with Mamata Banerjee until then. Nonetheless if her MLAs originate deserting the party in such numbers, we need to no longer be blamed [for early fall of the government].”
Negate food minister Jyoti Priya Mullick, who is additionally the party’s North 24-Parganas district unit chief, tried to do up a valiant face. “We had been as soon as diminished to a celebration of 1 MP [in 2004], from where we rose to a 19-MP real party [in 2009]. We are Mamata Banerjee’s military and under her leadership all damages will most most likely be reversed.”
Refuting allegations that the party became as soon as indulging in horse trading, BJP chief Roy, who became as soon as the convener of the party’s Bengal Lok Sabha election management committee, said, “If someone indulged in horse trading, it is Mamata Banerjee. How else did the MLAs, who won on Congress tickets, change into TMC’s?”
Elections in bigger than half of of Bengal’s civic bodies are due in 2020.
A total of eight leaders from other events joined the BJP in the walk up to the LS polls in Bengal. They had been Anupam Hazra and Saumitra Khan (MPs from TMC), TMC MLA Arjun Singh and TMC formative years waft leaders Nishith Pramanik and Sankudeb Panda, CPI(M) MLA Khagen Murmu, Congress MLAs Dulal Bar and Sudip Mukherjee.
Of these, the party nominated Hazra, Khan, Singh, Pramanik and Murmu for the elections.
Saumitra Khan, Arjun Singh, Nishith Pramanik and Khagen Murmu won from Bishnupur, Barrackpore, Cooch Behar and Malda North LS constituencies respectively.
Three other leaders who had joined BJP from other events in 2018 — Humanyun Kabir, Mafuza Khatun and Nilanjan Roy — had been additionally given Lok Sabha tickets but they misplaced.
May possibly well additionally just 29, 2019 00: 16 IST