A day forward of Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore on Saturday noticed frenetic exercise among the many rank and file of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), with many resigning and giving ample hints that they’d be a part of the BJP.
Mr. Shah in the meantime arrived in Kolkata late on Friday night. Hypothesis is rife that a number of TMC leaders, together with celebration heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, will be a part of the BJP at his rally in Midnapore.
The newest addition to the record of dissident TMC leaders was Barrackpore MLA Silbhadra Datta, who despatched in his resignation from the celebration to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Datta has been vocal in opposition to the celebration for fairly a while and had introduced his choice to not contest Meeting polls on a TMC ticket. Talking to journalists, Mr. Datta stated he had resigned from the celebration however will stay an MLA.
Thursday noticed a gentle stream of resignations. Whereas Nandigram MLA Suvendu Adhikari and Pandaveshwar MLA Jeetendra Tewari resigned within the morning, later within the night Shyamapada Mukherjee, one other former Minister joined the record. Together with these leaders, TMC MP from Bardhaman Purba Sunil Kumar Mondal and chief Diptangshu Chowdhury have additionally struck a discordant word and are more likely to be a part of the BJP.
On Friday, the record of disgruntled leaders crossed a dozen, together with numerous district and block leaders who resigned, expressing their help to Mr. Adhikari. Posters of Mr. Adhikari have come up in a number of locations in Kolkata and different components of the State. The previous Minister in the meantime was supplied safety by the Union Dwelling Ministry.
The TMC management has maintained that a number of celebration leaders are tilting in the direction of BJP out of worry.
Whereas a number of TMC leaders have indicated their willingness to hitch the BJP, Asansol MP and Union Minister Babul Supriyo got here out publicly in opposition to the potential of inclusion of Jeetendra Tewari, saying that he was behind the assault on many BJP employees in Asansol.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh appeared to echo Mr Supriyo, including that Mr. Tewari had are available the way in which of improvement of Asansol. Equally protests erupted in Bankura BJP management over the potential of inclusion of Shyamapada Mukherjee within the celebration.
Dissidence was not restricted to the TMC with Communist celebration of India (Marxist) MLA Tapashi Mondal from Haldia additionally expressed displeasure along with her celebration. A video of Ms. Mondal having a gathering with Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh additionally surfaced on social media. The CPI(M) management described the motion of the MLA as a “treachery”.