Published On: Tue, May 28th, 2019

In blow to Mamata, 3 MLAs, 60 councillors from Bengal join BJP

New Delhi: In a huge blow to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, two Trinamool Congress MLAs and more than 60 councillors joined the BJP here on Tuesday along with a CPI-M MLA, with BJP veteran Kailash Vijayvargiya predicting many more defections.

As a result, all three Municipalities will now be ruled by the BJP

The dramatic development, just five days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) breached the Trinamool fortress, led to the saffron outfit taking control of three municipalities in the state from the ruling party.

Trinamool Congress-turned-BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy, a two-term MLA from Bijpur constituency, Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya from Bishnupur (Trinamool) and Debendra Roy of Hemtabad (CPI-M) were the MLAs who joined the BJP at the party headquarters here.

So did more than 60 councillors from the municipalities of Kanchrapara, Halishahar and Naihati amid cries of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Jai Shri Ram”.

As a result, all three Municipalities will now be ruled by the BJP.

Vijayvargiya, the BJP in-charge of West Bengal and a party Genreal Secretary, asserted that more Trinamool Congress leaders would join the saffron party soon.

Vijayvargiya said: “We will do a seven-phase programme of joining, just like the state saw elections in seven phases.”

He said that every month more and more people will join the BJP. “Those who feel suffocated in the TMC because of Mamata want to join the BJP.”

But he said that the BJP will be selective. “Not everyone will be allowed (to join). Only those eligible will be allowed.”

He said his best wishes were with Mamata Banerjee so that she remains the Chief Minister till 2021. “But if her ‘karma’ and people work like this, we cannot help.”

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